The City of Ottawa continues to make significant progress on building LEED Certified, environmentally sustainable buildings, according to an update received today by the Environment and Climate Protection Committee.
A report and presentation on the City’s Green Building Policy was considered by the Committee today. Committee was advised that three new LEED certifications were obtained in 2016, three City buildings are undergoing the LEED certification process and three more City buildings are under development targeting LEED certification.
In 2016, certification was received for the OC Transpo Articulated Bus Garage and Dispatch Building (rated LEED Certified), the Richcraft Recreation Complex (rated LEED Gold) and the Greenboro Community Centre Expansion (rated LEED Certified).
In 2005, Council directed all newly constructed municipal buildings with a footprint greater than 500 square metres (5,400 square feet) be designed, delivered and certified by the Canada Green Building Council as being LEED Certified at minimum. In 2015, Environment Committee supported targeting LEED Gold where appropriate, given the facility size, type, and project complexity. The City now has 26 LEED-Certified building projects, five of which have achieved LEED Gold, 11 of which have achieved LEED Silver and 10 or which are LEED Certified.
Committee also received reports today on the seven residential drinking water systems that are owned and operated by the City of Ottawa. The reports confirm that the City of Ottawa continues to have an excellent quality of drinking water.