Magazine article ASEE Prism

Building a Greener Business

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Building a Greener Business

Article excerpt

MONTREAL-It's not unusual for companies whose livelihood depends on the outdoors to talk about the importance of preserving the environment and the values of recycling and reusing. But Canada's Mountain Equipment Co-op goes one step further: It insists that its retail outlets conform to some of the most stringent environmental building standards anywhere. This May, the Vancouver-based company, which boasts 1.7 million members worldwide, will open a new store in Montreal. The $5.8-million building will be MEC's eighth across Canada and another product of its eight-year-old Green Building Program, which is designed to reduce the energy required both to build and operate its buildings.

At the Montreal store, geothermal heat supplied by earth-coupled heat pumps with 12 wells sunk 600 feet deep will provide the main source of heating and cooling, while solar panels will be used for heating water. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.