With a goal of reaching net zero Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) by 2040, the City is working aggressively to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption and emissions wherever it can. These efforts have led to four recent building projects achieving LEED Certification, including:
- Stanley A Milner Library
- Edmonton Police Service Northwest Campus
- Fort Edmonton Park Indigenous People’s Experience Cultural Centre
- Kathleen Andrews Northeast Transit Garage
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design. It is the most widely-used green building rating system in the world, available for virtually all building, community, and home-projects.
Buildings are responsible for a significant amount of global energy use, resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Green buildings offer us a better quality of life (delivering buildings that offer occupants the optimal conditions for health, comfort and productivity), while also lowering global carbon emissions, reducing electricity and water bills, and creating new green jobs.
The LEED rating program is a four-tiered credit-based system that awards points based on compliance with different aspects of sustainability. A basic LEED certification is awarded if a building amasses between 40 and 49. LEED Silver and Gold certifications are 50-59 and 60-79 points respectively. The highest LEED certification is LEED Platinum, awarded to buildings that attain 80 or more points.The City of Edmonton is excited to lead the way when it comes to building and all City-owned new construction projects must meet LEED Silver rating at minimum.