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New green wall a breath of fresh air in NX building

Beatriz Balderrama Baleeiro, News Reporter

Students passing by the NX building will now get the chance to breathe some fresh air.

Humber’s most efficient energy building continues to implement mechanisms to improve its community’s quality of life with more sustainable renovations.

The latest “mechanism” is an all-natural green wall.

“NX used to be one of Humber’s most energy inefficient buildings and it was costing us a lot of money because there was a lot of hot air leakage,” Sustainability Specialist Devon Fernandes said.

“Humber decided to renovate it and now it’s one of North America’s most energy efficient buildings, it’s extremely well insulated. Now colleges and universities around the world are looking up to Humber as an example for energy and green infrastructure,” he said.

The new green wall connecting Humber College to University of Guelph-Humber was launched last week to highlight the building’s retrofit and get students’ attention to the ideas that put Humber’s sustainable mission on the map.

“This wall gets us a Passive House certification,” said Graham Jones, graphic designer at the Office of Sustainability. “The challenge was to build something on a wall to highlight it so that it doesn’t go unnoticed by students and staff and visitors.

“These projects are very famous in the environmental and energy community,” he said.

The certification is considered to be one the most rigorous voluntary energy-based standard in design and construction industry, ac-cording to Passive House Canada’s website. The benefits of executing

their standards include control over indoor air quality and temperature with simple to use and durable systems.

“We explored a lot of ideas and eventually landed on this idea. A company called Gingko Sustainability supports all our actions,” Jones said. “All the moss is actually preserved moss, and it’s ethically sourced.”

The wall also gives Humber credits in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an internationally recognized green building certification system that improves energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions decrease, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

“It’s great seeing nature inside, you can definitely feel a difference in there with just how the place smells, how it feels the humidity, the air quality is a lot better,” architecture student Paul Noriega said.

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