For OpenRoad Auto Group Ltd. — one of Canada’s largest and fastest growing automotive groups — the decision to build a 70,000 square-foot BMW and Mini dealership in Langley (BC) was not if, but how.
The company recognized the importance of utilizing an impressive glass façade to drive maximum visibility to the BMWs and Minis on display in the showroom. Glass is also one of the poorest insulating materials around, and a lack of energy efficiency would sharply contrast with Langley’s forward-thinking reputation and ongoing focus on sustainability.
For architects and engineers tasked with building the dealership, the challenge was how to build the facility so that it benefits OpenRoad and the luxury car brands while also supporting the city of Langley’s master plan to become one of the most sustainable and widely recognized cities in BC. In order to satisfy OpenRoad’s and Langley’s commitment to sustainability, architects and engineers installed more than thirty Mini Canals — some up to three meters in length.
Discreetly embedded into the floor, the Mini Canal is a powerful trench heating solution featuring Jaga’s innovative, Low-H2O technology. The system, which uses 90% less water and significantly less mass than traditional exchangers, heats faster, more uniformly and more precisely than conventional exchangers, resulting in significant energy savings.