Case study

Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Manitoba Hydro Place uses Uponor radiant heating to stay warm during Manitoba winters

Manitoba Hydro Place, the fourth-largest government-owned electric and natural gas utility in Canada, is located in one of the most challenging cities for extreme weather. Temperatures typically reach well below 0°F (-18°C) during the winter months. Yet the entire 18-floor building is being effectively and efficiently heated by renewable sources — the sun and geothermal wells, supplemented by hydroelectric power — all distributed throughout the facility by several different application methods, including an Uponor radiant heating and cooling system.

Project facts

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Industrial buildings
Completion: 2009

Uponor Involvement

Project highlights

  • 18-floor office building in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Features Uponor radiant heating and cooling'
  • Uses solar, geothermal and hydroelectric energy sources
  • Predicted to use 65% less energy than similar buildings
  • Awarded AIA's 2010 COTE Top Ten Green Project
  • Expected to attain LEED® Platinum certification

Products used

  • Wirsbo hePEX™ Tubing
  • TruFLOW™ Manifolds

Uponor hePEX helps the building use 65% less energy than similar buildings in the area

The building, which was completed in September 2009, is expected to use 65% less energy compared to similar buildings in the area. Based on simulation, the annual energy use of the building is predicted to be around 29 kBtu/ft2 (330MJ/m2), which is a 65% reduction from the base case. Additionally, the annual carbon footprint is predicted to be 1.1 lbs. CO2/ft2 (5.4 kg CO2/m2).

Manitoba Hydro Place

Exterior photo of the 18-floor electric and natural gas utility building Manitoba Hydro Place.

Project information

Project information

Project Type
New building
Building Type
Industrial buildings

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