Purpose & Values
Meeting the Highest Standards
To meet the 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
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.
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.
Valley Waste is one of seven solid waste regions in the Province that were formed to work toward waste diversion and prevention on a regional basis allowing for economies of scale and increased financial viability of recycling and composting in Nova Scotia.
Solid waste management was at a crisis in most areas of the province
Solid Waste Strategy
Valley Waste begins operations
The Valley Region Solid Waste-Resource Management Authority is a body corporate formed under an Inter-Municipal Services Agreement encompassing the Municipality of the County of Kings, and the Towns of Annapolis Royal, Berwick, Kentville, Middleton and Wolfville.
The Authority is a legally formed body comprised of representatives from each of the six participating municipal units and meets on a monthly basis to discuss issues and provide a basis on which staff manages the business of the authority.
The Valley Waste board and staff are committed to a safe workplace and have put a safety policy in place which is regularly reviewed and updated by the Occupational Health and Safety Committee.