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September 2009 | NERC News

Manitoba Hydro Place: A Green Experience

Recently, the NERC Board of Trustees Meeting was held in Winnipeg, Canada home of Manitoba Hydro and their award winning new Headquarters Building. Manitoba Hydro extended to Trustees and Members an exclusive tour of the one-of-a-kind building and to say it was impressive does not do justice.
The new Manitoba Hydro head office sets new standards for a healthy work environment. The building uses 60 percent less energy than standard office buildings and is the most energy efficient office tower in North America. Fresh air flows through the building 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round. Solar energy is maximized and energy efficient windows maximize natural sunlight.
The Manitoba Hydro head office tower in Winnipeg sets new standards for energy conservation. There are 280 geothermal loops deep beneath the building's foundations that provide 100 per cent of the air conditioning and 60 per cent of the heating requirements. Additional heating comes from eight small high efficiency boilers. This building is the most energy efficient office tower in North America and among the most energy efficient in the world.