Sustainable Building and Construction Practices
What is the indicator and why measure it?
The Region of Waterloo is committed to innovative design and construction standards under Canada Green Building Councils Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. New construction and expansion of Regional facilities will meet this voluntary standard. There are four levels to the standard as follows: (Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum). Facilities built to LEED standards have several environmental advantages over traditional buildings in areas such as:
- Higher water efficiency;
- Lower energy consumption;
- Improved indoor air quality;
- Use of renewable, recycled and locally sourced materials, and;
- Sustainable grounds which includes various features such as drought resistant landscaping, bicycle facilities; reduced light pollution; improved storm water quality to name a few.
Regional LEED buildings.
In April 2005, Regional Council approved a policy that requires all new occupied facilities over 5,300 ft2 to be built to a minimum Silver LEED standard. This standard was adopted after building the Emergency Medical Service Fleet Centre in 2004 which achieved the gold LEED level. This progress indicator measures the increase in building area (ft2) that is or will be built to the Silver LEED standard or higher. By the end of 2012, 7 Regional buildings were certified Silver or Gold, covering 200,000ft2. By the end of 2014, LEED certified buildings are expected to double in area compared to 2012.
Region of Waterloo LEED Certified Buildings
|Emergency Medical Services Fleet Centre||Gold|
|Waterloo Regional Police Services Building||Gold|
|Waterloo Landfill South Workshop||Silver|
|Waterloo Region Museum||Silver|
|Christopher Children's Centre||Gold|
|Region of Waterloo International Airport Operations Centre||Silver|
|Sunnyside Supportive Housing||Silver|
|Mannheim Water Treatment Plant Expansion||Silver|
|Greenbrook Water Supply System||Pending|
|Middleton Water Treatment Plant||Pending|
|Admin Building, Waterloo Waste Water Treatment Plant||Pending|
|Biosolids Dewatering Facility||Pending|
|Grand River Transit, Strasburg Road Facility Expansion||Pending|
|Region of Waterloo Police Services Division||Pending|
For more information on the Region's sustainable building practices and LEED standards, visit the Region's Green Building webpage.