Sustainable Construction Indicator
Sustainable construction is about building a better quality of life. Developers, architects and builders committed to sustainable design will think about all aspects of construction and ongoing operations of a facility, including:
The Canada Green Building Council is responsible for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating SystemTM in Canada. This program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.
LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their building's performance.
A cost-benefit study for sustainable designs was completed by the City of Toronto in 2008. The findings indicated that, although sustainable design and construction may represent an initial premium of 2 to 7 percent over conventional buildings, an average energy and water savings of 40 and 25 percent respectively was achieved. With other government incentive programs, the payback period for sustainable buildings was almost immediate. Another finding of the study was that people were reported as healthier and more productive in sustainable buildings than in conventional buildings by 20 to 30 percent. The full cost-benefit study is available on the City of Toronto's website.
How's the City of Windsor doing?
Currently there are ten projects registered on the Canada Green Building Council as LEED projects.
|Target, Devonshire Mall
||LEED for Retail|
|La Bella Strada
|City of Windsor Fire Hall No. 7
|Ojibway Nature Centre
|Union Gas Windsor District Office
|Dr. David Suzuki Public School
|École Secondaire de Windsor
|University of Windsor Centre for Engineering Innovation
|Toldo Medical Education Building
To earn LEED certification, the applicant project must satisfy all of the prerequisites and a minimum number of points to attain a LEED rating level upon completion of the project.
What is the City of Windsor doing to encourage Sustainable Construction?
The City of Windsor is in the process of preparing a new Site Plan Design Manual that will set out standards that require more sustainable development practices related to site design and the building exterior. Examples of measures being considered include:
- Solar orientation of buildings
- Transit and pedestrian friendly building orientation
- Best management practices for storm water control
- Shade trees
- Window canopies
- Reflective roofing materials, etc.