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A Green Building

Aquaquest – the Marilyn Blusson Learning Centre was inspired as part of the Aquarium's commitment to education and conservation, and to enhance our economic, cultural and social contributions to the local community. Aquaquest is a healthy, innovative space for learning, which models, informs and challenges our visitors.

AquaQuest

Cool As A Killer Whale

Whales and dolphins have a complex network of veins and arteries that act as a natural thermostat to regulate temperature. Inspired by their physiology, we've given our building an embedded system of pipes in the concrete ceilings that carries hot or cold water, heating and cooling each room far more efficiently than conventional heating or air conditioning.

AquaQuest Exterior
AquaQuest Plants

New Uses For Seawater

The Aquarium pumps in seawater from the ocean and distributes water throughout the building to many different areas. We're also cooling our facility with seawater, which can absorb enormous quantities of heat. A "heat exchanger" in the basement cools the building by transferring energy from water in the building's pipes to the incoming seawater.

The Air We Breathe

Our building's ventilation system uses convection to improve air quality: a natural process that makes life on Earth possible. Fresh air enters each room through vents near the floor and eventually exits through vents near the ceiling as it warms and rises. This upward airflow ensures that fresh air constantly replaces stale air, creating a more comfortable and energy-efficient space.

AquaQuest
Biodiesel Truck

Reducing Waste

When we demolished an existing building to make way for Aquaquest, we salvaged over 75 percent of that building's materials. We used reusable steel "forming pans" instead of disposable plywood frames. We used less cement to make our concrete and replaced it with fly ash, an industry waste product that would have ended up in the landfill.

Conserving Freshwater

Our new building conserves valuable freshwater with efficient plumbing fixtures such as low-flow faucets and toilets. These water-saving devices minimize our use of the city's drinking water supply. We also collect rainwater and store it in a tank in our basement, which allows us to flush with rainwater and use leftover rainwater to water plants around the Aquarium.

Rain Water
 
 
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