True North Wind Tower

True North Wind Tower True North Wind Tower

The current edition of The Hampton Journal (circulation 18,000) has a story on the True North Wind Tower – a wind tower built to create natural ventilation for the new, $10 million underground library at Regent College at the University of British Columbia.

I profess that I’ve never heard of a wind tower – perhaps because the True North wind Tower is the only one of its kind in North America. How does it work? According to the story, the pressure differential from the wind moving along the top of the tower creates negative pressure that pulls air up through the building into the tower. Apparently, wind towers have historically been used in indigenous structures in the Middle East and are now being considered for contemporary buildings as part of a move towards more energy efficient and sustainable building.

You can learn more about the environmental components of the project as well as the architect, Clive Grout, who proposed the idea of a wind tower in the early planning stages for the library five years ago, here.

Another first: Toronto-based stained glass artist Sarah Hall has turned the True North Wind Tower into the first installation of photovoltaic glass art in North America.


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