BRAMPTON, ON: The West Tower and addition to Brampton City Hall achieved LEED Gold Certification this month, the latest of Brampton’s facilities to be recognized for environmental excellence. Earlier this year, the Civic Centre and Brampton Provincial Offences Court received BOMA BEST Silver certification.LEED® Gold certification
“LEED” stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is an internationally recognized building-rating system that rates the design, construction and operation of sustainable, green buildings.
Environmental features of the West Tower and addition to City Hall include:
• Green roofs, which enable the capture and reuse of rain water
• Bicycle storage facilities, electric car chargers and priority carpool parking to encourage a “greener” commute
• The building’s exterior features 40-50 per cent glass, to increase natural light, and reduce lighting and heating costsBOMA BEST® certification
BOMA BEST (Building Environmental Standards) is the Canadian industry standard for commercial building sustainability certification. This program is offered by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada.
While the LEED program is targeted primarily at new construction, BOMA BEST is designed to assess the environmental performance and management of existing buildings in the areas of energy, water, waste reduction, emissions and effluents, indoor environment and environmental management systems.
Brampton’s Provincial Offenses Court and the Civic Centre both achieved silver certification in 2016. There were no major retrofits undertaken at these facilities. Building operators evaluated their environmental practices and looked for ways to enhance their performance. For example, a waste audit was conducted to ensure the buildings’ operations were maximizing diversion of waste. This has resulted in improved signage to help people sort their recyclables correctly, hand dryers to reduce the use of paper towels, and recycling programs for batteries and lights.
Brampton City Hall received BOMA BEST certification in 2014.
For more information on Brampton’s environmental initiatives, visit www.brampton.ca.
The ninth-largest city in Canada, Brampton celebrates a diverse population that represents people from 209 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak 89 different languages. Brampton residents and visitors have access to state-of-the-art recreation facilities and one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada. Opened in 2007, Brampton Civic Hospital is part of the William Osler Health System, which is one of the largest community hospitals in Canada. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca
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