When fully operational, the Howland Green Business Centre in Markham, Ontario, will be the country’s first net-positive energy office building, producing more energy than it will consume. Powered by sun and geothermal energy, the three-storey structure will have 5481 m2 (59,000 sf) of office space and two levels of underground parking.
Earlier this month, Manitoba finance minister Cameron Friesen announced the province would fund significant repairs and other restoration work at the Churchill Town Centre Complex (CTCC) and its theatre. The 20,903-m2 (225,000-sf) complex houses most of the town’s community amenities, including the school, hospital, library, child-care centre, and gymnasium.
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announced that Canada has maintained its second-place position in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) ranking of the world’s top 10 countries for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The list only ranks countries outside of the United States, which remains the global leader with 385.65 m2 (4151 sf) of LEED-certified space and 30,669 LEED-certified projects.
In December, Edmonton’s Rogers Place became the first National Hockey League (NHL) facility in Canada to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Since opening in 2016, the home arena of the Edmonton Oilers has demonstrated efficient systems for lighting, heating, cooling, and ventilation in building design.
Following two years of construction, Milton District Hospital in Ontario’s Halton region has achieved total completion on its expansion project, signifying all construction activities are complete. The hospital’s sustainable building strategy targets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification through the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).
Last month, Québec City’s Université Laval announced research infrastructure plans to develop more environmentally friendly densification and finishing solutions for interior wood products. The research aims to position Canada as a global leader in ecological interior wood solutions through use of next generation interior wood products, effectively decreasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and aiding in the health and safety of consumers.
The fundamental challenge of advanced sustainable design is not so much a technological issue, but rather a cultural one. The strategies, methods, and technology exist to make ultra-efficient buildings that can achieve 75 per cent less energy consumption than conventional buildings.
Amber Trails Community School in Winnipeg has won the annual Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) Greenest School in Canada competition. The 7246-m2 (78,000-sf) building acts not just as a school, but also as an open and accessible hub within the community. The school was certified as Platinum under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program in 2016. Earlier this year, it won CaGBC’s Excellence in Green Building for New Construction (NC) award.
The Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Building (EB) Platinum certification. It is the world’s first double LEED Platinum convention centre and the first v4 Platinum Existing Building project to be certified in Canada.