Last week, BKDI team members Margo, Peter K, Maciej, and Dilip attended a tour of the penguin exhibit at the Calgary Zoo, which opened its doors in February this year. The one hour tour, organized by the Alberta Chapter of the CaGBC, included a visit to the penguin exhibit, gift shop, and large mechanical space featuring the latest technology. The penguin enclosure is targeting LEED® Gold Certification, and the tour outlined numerous considerations that will contribute to this achievement. These include the use of local materials, rapidly renewable materials (i.e. bamboo), improving indoor air quality by flushing the building with fresh air before occupancy, and day lighting, which even features light shafts in the storage room. Furthermore, water efficiency and energy efficiency were targeted, with heat exchangers to remove heat from the penguin enclosure and use it to heat the rest of the building. The state-of-the-art Penguin Plunge is an inspiring example of conservation action in our community!
Image 1: BKDI Team Members (from left) Peter K, Margo, Maciej, and Dilip
Image 2: The Penguins!
Image 3: The Mechanical Space