Tatsaotı̨̀ne Building Yellowknife
The New Government Building in Yellowknife is a seven-floor, 6,000-square-metre office building on 49th Street next to the Stuart M. Hodgson Building.
To achieve the GNWT’s commitment to constructing energy-efficient buildings with low operating costs, this building was designed to exceed the National Energy Code for Buildings and Good Building Practices for Northern Facilities requirements.
The New Government Building in Yellowknife has received a new name: the Tatsaotı̨̀ne Building. The name means ‘copper people’ and is one of the traditional names the Yellowknives Dene use for themselves in the Yellowknife dialect of Chipewyan/Dënesųłiné (phonetic pronunciation of Tatsaotı̨̀ne should be: “tah-sah-t’ee-neh).
Exceeding Good Building Practices for Northern Facilities requirement
The New Government Building in Yellowknife stands as a prominent seven-floor office building spanning over 6,000 square meters. It is strategically positioned on 49th Street, adjacent to the existing Stuart M. Hodgson Building.
Emphasizing the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) commitment to constructing energy-efficient buildings with low operational costs, this remarkable structure was meticulously designed to surpass the requirements set by the National Energy Code for Buildings and Good Building Practices for Northern Facilities.
To achieve optimal energy efficiency, the project incorporated several key features. High-efficiency plumbing fixtures, heat recovery ventilation systems, direct digital controls, and energy-efficient lighting solutions were thoughtfully integrated into the building’s design. These elements collectively contribute to minimizing energy consumption, reducing operating costs, and fostering a sustainable environment.
Notably, the project also included the installation of a new biomass heating system that interconnects with the Stuart M. Hodgson and Laing Buildings. This innovative system is estimated to displace approximately 274,000 liters of heating oil annually. Moreover, it has the remarkable capability to curtail greenhouse gas emissions by an impressive 785 tonnes per year.
By implementing these energy-efficient measures and embracing sustainable technologies, the New Government Building in Yellowknife sets a remarkable precedent for environmentally conscious infrastructure. Its design surpasses industry standards, promoting responsible resource utilization, and aligning with the GNWT’s commitment to a greener future.