Project Outline: In an attempt to meet the criteria for Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Unit as requested by the County and the applicable codes and standards to this building, the mechanical design uses a complete building approach, taking into consideration energy efficiency and indoor environment air quality. All systems are based on basic proved design principles including CSA standards and other applicable codes.
The 30,100 sq. ft. Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Building was designed to achieve 45-50% energy savings over ASHRAE 90.1-2010. Considering the variety of room types, VRM saw an opportunity to optimize energy by transferring heat from zones that require cooling to zones that require heating.
The facility conserves electricity and water and promotes a healthier working atmosphere. The building is designed and situated to take advantage of the natural day light. It was also designed to incorporate various energy efficient technologies that include:
High efficiency heat recovery air source heat pumps (variable refrigerate flow)
Dedicated outside air unit for ventilation, with total energy recovery wheel
Heating/Cooling for ventilation air with dedicated variable refrigerant flow system
Occupancy sensors to control the lighting and HVAC system
Variable frequency drives to supply only the amount of airflow required
Integrated building management control system
High efficiency transformers
Full security system (doors & CCTV)
Address: St. Thomas, ON
Client: Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson
Value: $7.5 M