Red River College’s two main campuses and 5 regional campuses span more than 1.6 million square feet of building space. Ensuring that our buildings are built and opererate in ways to reduce impacts and conserve resources is one of our biggest sustainability challenges.
Located in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, this campus is a great example of adaptive reuse, historic preservation and sustainable design. Our downtown campus also serves as an important element in Winnipeg’s downtown revitalization. But perhaps most importantly, students and staff really like being there.
Notre Dame Campus
In recent years RRC has taken a variety of steps to conserve energy and resources. Intelligent parking lot controls, lighting retrofits, LED exit signs, room occupancy sensors, and upgrades to the exterior walls have reduced the College’s energy consumption. Many of the College’s energy improvements have been made possible through Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart programs.
Altogether, these building upgrades have reduced our electrical consumption by 440,000kWh and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 3,400 tonnes CO2e - equivalent to taking 1,000 cars off the road.
The Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre (HETC) is the College’s first LEED certified building. Completed in 2009, this 60,000 square feet building is a unique blend of academic and industrial functions. Compared to a standard building of the same size, HETC’S high-efficiency, responsive and passive heating and cooling systems result in a:
- 50% reduction in energy use
- 72% reduction in space heating
- 54% reduction in operating costs