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blueindicatorSustainable 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.

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 Region of Waterloo LEED Certified Buildings

 Building  Certification Level
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

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greenindicator Strong progress achieved
yellowindicator Moderate progress achieved
redindicator Progress needed
blueindicator Information only
greyindicator Indirectly related