The heating and cooling systems of industrial buildings are one of the single largest sources of energy-use, particularly in Canada. But things are changing. The IL Centre monitors all of its HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) systems, to help us figure out what to do better, and what we're doing right.
The IL Centre's heating and cooling systems are monitored in real-time. Check out the working model of the building's mechanical room.
The 'heart and lungs' of a building, these systems rely on air exchange units to heat, cool, and circulate air.
The Centre is heated by steam from the Central Heating Plant on Queen's Campus. Steam is an old technology, but is very efficient.
Queen's has two seven-megawatt state-of-the-art natural gas cogeneration plants that generate generate heat and electricity at the same time.