The Building is the Message

Meeting the Highest Standards

Valley Waste’s administration building is currently a LEED Gold and Passive House candidate and will be one of the first commercial buildings in Canada to be accredited for both certifications.

Energy Performance

The 8,000 square foot office space boasts one of the most energy efficient systems in the country. The office is projected to use 56 kWh of energy per square metre per year (including equipment, lighting, heat and cooling and mechanical equipment loads). In comparison, the average office building in Atlantic Canada uses 406 kWh. Valley Waste’s energy usage translates into a projected heating and cooling bill of less than $700 per year.

Recycled Materials

There were many recycled materials used for both practical and decorative applications throughout the building and its surroundings.

  • Recycled window and bottle glass was added to the polished concrete floors to replace aggregate and enhance the beauty of the floor.
  • Recycled bottle glass was included in the south facing flower beds to encourage drainage.
  • The administrative building was one of the first commercial buildings in Canada to use Tire Derived Aggregate as both insulation and drainage around the foundation.
  • Roadways and parking areas contain recycled asphalt and/or recycled roofing shingles in its mix.
  • Outdoor furniture made from recycled post-consumer plastic bags and reclaimed timber.

Energy Efficient Lighting

Lighting in the building relies firstly on passive daylight, with low energy LED and fluorescent lighting as auxiliary. Sensors throughout the offices allow lights to shut off when not occupied and dim when sufficient daylight is available.

Reused Materials

Reuse is an essential component of waste reduction and played a major role in the interior finish of the building. Interior doors reclaimed from a demolished Odd Fellows hall in Halifax;

  • Decorative wood paneling salvaged from the hardwood flooring of St. Lawrence Church annex in Halifax;
  • Interior office windows were reclaimed from houses throughout Nova Scotia.


As part of meeting Passive House standards, the building was designed to be super insulated and made airtight from top to bottom.

  • R-96 roof is insulated with 8,000 cubic feet of Thermo-Cell cellulose insulation – made in Debert, NS from recycled newsprint.
  • R-50 walls are insulated using Structural Insulated Panels
  • R-34 foundation walls were achieved with Insulated Concrete Forms
  • R-27 insulated slab & footings

Valley Waste–Resource Management
The Municipalities of Kings, Annapolis Royal, Berwick, Kentville, Middleton and Wolfville:
Partners in Waste Reduction