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Mount Pearl's Innovative Summit Centre

From recovering heat to reusing rainwater, the Summit Centre in Mount Pearl showcases some of the best in sustainable building practices.

Case Study: Mount Pearl's Innovative Summit Centre

The Summit Centre in Mount Pearl is a hub of recreational activity in the community. The 60,000 square foot facility houses aquatic, fitness and weight-training centres, an indoor walking track, multi-purpose rooms and retail space.

The Centre was designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. In striving toward this standard, the building incorporated numerous environmentally-friendly features. For example, the facility uses a geo exchange system to fulfill its heating and cooling requirements, a heat recovery system that recaptures heat lost from shower waste water, which is diverted back into the facilities' heating system, as well as a rainwater collection system from the roof which collects and reuses rainwater in the facility to reduce its water consumption.

In addition, the parking lot lighting for the facility uses LED lightbulbs, which will result in 50 % savings over traditional High Intensity Discharge street light fixtures. The facility also provides a "Windows on the World" display that allows the public to view the buildings overall energy and water consumption. When all of the facilities' LEED features are in operation, the energy savings are modelled to be in the order of 40%-45% over a conventional building of similar size and function.