Langara College Invests in Ventilation Fans to Help Reduce Carbon Footprint

Langara College students, staff and faculty are enjoying an improved learning and working environment after two ventilation fan upgrades, made possible through a $1.5 million investment by the federal and B.C. governments.

The replaced fans were 1970s-era, energy-intensive ventilation systems that were reaching the end of their useful life. The new fan systems will improve occupant comfort and decrease operating costs for a building that houses 60% of Langara’s teaching classrooms and 100% of lab spaces for its arts, business, humanities and social science programs.

Of the $2.2-million total project cost, $1 million was provided through the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, and $584,000 was provided by the Province of British Columbia. Langara College contributed an additional $610,000.

Investments through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund are being used to modernize research facilities at Canadian universities and colleges, as well as improve the energy efficiency of these facilities and reduce their impact on the environment. As a result of these investments, students, professors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art facilities that advance the country’s best research.

They will collaborate in specially designed spaces that support lifelong learning and skills training. They will work in close proximity with partners to turn discoveries into products or services. In the process, they will train for – and invent – the high-value jobs of the future. Their discoveries will plant the seeds for the next generation of innovators.

In total, British Columbia received $256 million through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. Twenty public post-secondary institutions and one private First Nation institution in B.C. are benefiting from a total of 30 individual projects throughout the province.

Original article from Langara College