Green Building Highlights
Opened in 2015, Crowsnest Hall offers living space to graduate and mature students studying at the University of Calgary. The LEED Silver building was named after the Crowsnest Pass that crosses the Rockies between Alberta and British Columbia.
The location of Crowsnest Hall promotes an active lifestyle. Bicycling is encouraged by accommodating indoor bike storage. As well, residents are able to take advantage of the university’s recreation and food facilities that are within walking distance from the building. Access to Calgary’s transit system allows residents to stay connected to the Calgary community while studying at the university.
The surrounding landscape consists of native plant species. The vegetation requires little maintenance, needing no fertilization and is adapt to survive with the Calgary region’s naturally available rainfall. Additionally, the landscape consists of edible plants and a variety of apple trees and blueberry and Saskatoon berry bushes that are ripe for harvest as students return to campus in the fall.
Crowsnest Hall was designed with a greenhouse gas emissions target; the building emits less than 100 kg of carbon dioxide per square meter annually. A number of measures were implemented to meet this goal, including the use of LED lighting and occupancy sensors to save energy when rooms are not in use.