Monday, December 7, 2009

Calgary’s Water Centre receives Gold LEED designation

Calgary’s Water Centre has received a Gold LEED designation from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) for its innovation and sustainability.

“The City of Calgary is a leader in sustainable building design,” said Sharon Purvis, the director of Corporate Properties and Buildings.

Calgary is the first municipality in Canada to adopt a Sustainable Building Policy whereby all new building developments must achieve a minimum LEED gold certification as of 2008 February 25. Calgary was informed of the recognition on December 3.

LEED which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an internationally recognized symbol of excellence for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

“This project certification is a significant milestone,” stated Colleen Loader, Senior LEED Program Coordinator for CaGBC.

Paul Fesk, Manager of Strategic Services in Water Resources is a proponent and a beneficiary of that policy and one of about 800 employees working in the 183,000 square foot office building.

“Working in an LEED Gold building reflects our values in protecting the environment,” he said. “We're not only leading change, we're living it, and our employees benefit from being a part of that.”

LEED certification is based on a points system marking achievements in five key areas including sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. It is awarded following an independent audit and review. The Water Centre received a total of 50 out of 70 points.

The Water Centre was designed by local firm Sturgess Architecture in collaboration with Manasc Isaac. To date, the facility has won eight awards in categories that range from architectural and urban design, to sustainability, to its use of structural steel.

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