- US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
- Dymon Self Storage, Solar Panels Ottawa, Ontario
- City of Kingston, Solar PanelsKingston, Ontario
- Carleton U, Canal Building Solar Panel InstallationOttawa, Ontario
Project Case Studies
The U.S. Department of Energy hosts a biennial competition called the Solar Decathlon which sees 20 collegiate teams from around the world compete to design, build, and operate the most sustainable and energy efficient solar-powered house. Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. was the Structural Engineer of record for the Team Ontario house which included a collaboration of Carleton University, Queen’s University, and Algonquin College students. The detailed design process included the design of temporary foundations with seismic earth anchors, the design of long span wooden roof beams and exterior walls capable of being well insulated while also being modular and able to be transported on the back of two tractor trailer trucks. Team Ontario placed 1st in Engineering and 6th Overall in the competition which took place in October of 2013.
Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. was retained by Dymon Self Storage as the Engineer of Record for the solar panel installation projects on eight of their storage facilities in the Ottawa area. These include the Innes, Vimont, Coventry, Prince of Wales, South Keys, Kanata, Carling, and Walkley locations. At each of the locations Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. performed a roof load capacity analysis and worked closely with the solar panel racking supplier to determine the most feasible loading and support arrangement for the roof mounted systems.
Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. was retained by a local Energy Solutions Company as the base building structural engineer of record for a multiple building roof mounted solar panel project which has been implemented throughout the City of Kingston. The project included the installation of flush mounted, inclined ballasted, and inclined fixed solar panel and racking assemblies on over a dozen City of Kingston buildings including the Airport, local Fire Halls, Libraries, and Community Centres. Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. was responsible for reviewing each of the roof structures and assessing its ability to safely support the additional loading.
The Carleton University Canal Building became the home of programs in biomedical, sustainable energy, environmental and aerospace engineering when it opened in 2011. The 100,000 square foot building was constructed with sustainability as one of the main focuses. The building contains many features that promote sustainability, including a green roof which supports different types of plant growth. To help students learn about sustainability, three types of solar panels (photovoltaic, heat pipe collector and solar boiler) were installed on the roof of the Canal Building in 2014. Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. was retained to determine if the existing structure could support the additional loads of the solar panels, to design ballast support frames that the panel support frames could be attached to and to analyze the aluminum panel support frames for the loads imposed by the panels.