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19. 50 Kent
50 Kent Ave., Kitchener,
Built 2014 ,
Design: SRM Architects,
50 Kent, as it’s known, is home to organizations sharing the values of peace, community, and generosity, including Mennonite Central Committee, the Thrift on Kent store, Kindred Credit Union, and others. Guided tours will stop at the big, onsite donation sorting facility, the beautiful second floor, and the 774 panel, 200 kW solar energy array covering the entire rooftop. Environmental sustainability was built into the entire design: construction materials, plumbing, electrical systems, insulation, HVAC, cladding, glazing, and transportation. Rain is collected from the roof in a 45,000 litre cistern for grey water and sanitary systems; when rainfall levels are normal, water use for the entire building equals that of the average family of four.
Do you want to conserve water? Visit the Region of Waterloo’s Water Efficiency booth at 50 Kent during Doors Open. Grab a shower timer, or a test kit to check for toilet leaks. The team has programs and information to help you reduce water consumption and reduce water bills. Let’s talk about how to use water wisely!
Water Theme Site
Partial Wheelchair Access