Energy Efficiency in a Cold Climate: Epcor Tower
Jillian Pederson, B.Sc, P.Eng, LEED® AP
AECOM Canada Ltd, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaCorresponding email:
Epcor Tower is a 29-storey office tower located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is locatedat 53.3° latitude. The design temperature is -34°C in winter and 28°C DB/19°C WB insummer (annual 62°C delta). Various measures are applied to create an energy efficientbuilding in this climate. A high performance envelope is used to minimize the effects of largetemperature swings. Energy efficiency is also achieved by providing an outdoor air systemwith geothermal pre-heating and pre-cooling via earth tubes. Additional energy savingmeasures include exhaust air heat recovery, winter free cooling, and boiler stack condenserheat recovery. Using the energy saving measures presented, the building is expected toachieve a 41.4% energy use reduction as compared to ASHRAE Standard 90.1.
Epcor Tower is a 66,974m
office tower with a building footprint of 3,073m
. It is comprisedof a two storey retail podium, 26 floors of office space, and a mechanical penthouse floor.There are four levels of below grade parkade with a total area of 28,288m
. The project is thefirst high rise building to be built in Edmonton in over 20 years and it has the capacity forfuture expansion.Figure 1. Rendering of Epcor Tower