The Wilkinson Project, a Dartmouth, N.S. warehouse that’s part of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)’s zero carbon building pilot program, has signed its first tenant ahead of its anticipated spring 2018 opening.
“The industrial real estate market in Canada is a huge opportunity that LEED was missing simply because it is difficult to certify a spec building when you don’t know how it will be used,” said Judy Wall, president of East Port Properties Limited, which owns The Wilkinson Project.
“We found a way to manage some of the energy costs of warehousing through simple changes — a better building envelope, more efficient mechanical equipment and automation of mechanical and lighting systems — all of which benefit tenant costs.”
East Port believes the real estate industry can have a major impact on lowering greenhouse gas emissions through reducing energy use.
It’s on a mission to educate tenants and brokers about how added costs in making warehouses more environmentally friendly, which are covered by increased rents, can be offset by lower utility bills.
The Wilkinson Project is located on Wilkinson Avenue in Dartmouth and will include five multi-tenant warehouses totalling approximately 300,000 square feet.
The buildings will be equipped with windows and skylights for maximum use of daylight, LED lights with motion sensors, and the use of automation and energy-efficient ventilation systems.
The first 60,000-square-foot warehouse will feature a tight and well-insulated building envelope, heat recovery ventilation and a central in-floor heating system supplied by air-to-water heat pumps with a peak-load natural gas boiler. A net-metered solar photovoltaic system will offset the cost of both fuel sources to provide the tenant zero (or near zero) heating costs for typical building use.
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