Buildings account for a large share of energy consumed. In Ottawa, almost 50% of greenhouse gas emissions come from heating, cooling, lighting and operating the building stock.
Green builders follow rating systems such as LEEDTM and Green Globes, while others do their best to reduce their projects' impact on climate, water use, and air quality. Ottawa currently has over 100 LEED certified buildings of which 12 are owned by the City of Ottawa.
City of Ottawa – Leading by example
The City of Ottawa is committed to reducing the environmental impacts of its building operations. Learn more about the City’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint:
- Green Building Policy for the Construction of Corporate Buildings – Corporate Policy: Adopted in 2005 and amended in 2007, this policy requires that all newly constructed City buildings with a footprint greater than 500 square metres be designed at minimum to a LEEDTM Certified standard. A total of 12 City buildings have received LEEDTM certification to date.
- Energy Consumption in Municipal Facilities (2012): A summary report of the energy consumption of City facilities in 2012.
- 2012 Green Buildings Promotion Program: On July 11, 2012, Ottawa City Council passed the 2012 Green Buildings Promotion Program which recommends a variety of activities that the City of Ottawa can undertake to further promote green building construction in the city.
- 2014 Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan: On May 28, 2014, Ottawa City Council approved the 2014 Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan. The Plan recommends a number of actions to reduce energy consumption in Ottawa’s building stock.
- Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan 2015: This plan identifies the City of Ottawa’s strategy for conservation of electricity, natural gas, oil, propane, and water over a five year period (2015-2019) in City facilities.
- A number of organizations are continually adding to the green building knowledge base, promoting sustainable building, and offering incentives and support for green builders.
For Green Building related City reports, please see:
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