Green Buildings - City of Ottawa

In recognition of the importance of reducing the environmental footprint of the building sector, the City of Ottawa is supporting, promoting and implementing green building practices. The City of Ottawa has developed a Green Building Policy to ensure new buildings and large scale renovations are designed and constructed in a more sustainable manner. The policy uses the LEED® Canada certification rating system to verify municipal buildings have reached sustainability targets.

The City of Ottawa has a number of municipal buildings that are LEED® certified, as well as other green building projects including green roofs, the Lansdowne Park Redevelopment, and the Glebe Parking Garage.

LEED® certified municipal buildings

Project 

Size

Value

Completion

LEED® Rating

Beaverbrook Branch of the Ottawa Public Library

 23,896 sq ft

$8.8 M

Aug. 2014

Silver

Richcraft Sensplex (Ottawa East)

94,740

$26 M

Aug. 2014

Certified

Trail Road Waste Facility

35,000 sq ft

$13.1 M

June 2013

Silver

François Dupuis Recreation Centre

38,000 sq ft

$14 M

Feb. 2013

Silver

Conroy Public Works Yard

18,700 sq ft

$9.5 M

Sept. 2012

Silver

Goulbourn Recreation Complex Arena Expansion

35,000 sq ft

$9 M 

Mar. 2012

Silver

Barrhaven Fire Station No. 47

12,250 sq ft

$4.4 M

Dec. 2011

Silver

Kanata Recreation Complex Expansion (LEED® Commercial Interiors - CI)

14,000 sq ft

 $1.9 M

Sept. 2011

CI  Silver

Kanata West Fire Station No. 46

12,250 sq ft

$4.4 M

June 2011

Silver

Overbrook Community Centre Expansion

10,000 sq ft

$3.1 M

Mar. 2011 

Gold 

Centrepointe Theatre Expansion

25,600 sq ft

$9.3 M

Mar. 2011

Silver

James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre

92,000 sq ft 

$27 M

Mar. 2011

Gold

Carlsbad Springs Community Centre

6,500 sq ft

$2.5 M

Dec. 2010

Certified

Huron Early Learning Centre

5,500 sq ft

$2.97 M

Sept. 2010

Silver

Ottawa Central Ambulance Communications Centre

25,000 sq ft

$6.7 M

June 2010

Certified

Hunt Club Riverside Park Community Centre

6,000 sq ft

$3.7 M

Mar. 2010

Certified

OC Transpo Interior Fit-Up (LEED® Commercial Interiors - CI)

18,000 sq ft

$2.3 M

Aug. 2009

CI Gold

Shenkman Arts Centre

78,000 sq ft 

$33 M 

June 2009 

Silver

Albion-Heatherington Community Centre

7,000 sq ft

$1.5 M

Dec. 2008

Certified

Goulbourn Recreation Complex Expansion

22,000 sq ft

$5.0 M

Nov. 2008

Certified

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Headquarters

22,000 sq ft

$5.6 M

Oct. 2007

Gold

Vars Fire Station No.73

8,800 sq ft

$2.4 M

Mar. 2007

Certified

Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters

100,000 sq ft

$18.9 M

Mar. 2006

Certified

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Projects undergoing the LEED® certification process

Project 

Size

Value

Completion

LEED® Rating (target)

Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven

163,000 sq ft

 $54 M

Nov. 2014

 Silver

Richcraft Recreation Complex - Kanata

105,000 sq ft

$40 M 

Aug. 2013 

Gold

Greenboro Community Centre Expansion

10,000 sq ft

$3.1 M

June 2011

Certified

OC Transpo Articulated Bus Garage

10,000 sq ft

$4.5 M

May 2010

Certified

OC Transpo Dispatch Building

162,000 sq ft

$58 M

Sep 2010

Certified

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LEED®projects under design and construction that plan to pursue LEED®

Project 

LEED® Rating (target)

Belfast Yard Light Rail Transit Maintenance and Storage Facility

Certified

Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards

Gold

François Dupuis Recreation Centre Expansion 

Gold

Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion

Silver

Trim Road Works Yard

Silver

Bloomfield Works Yard

Silver

Fire station one in the east end

Silver

Fire station two in the east end

Silver

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City of Ottawa Green Roof Projects

  • Britannia Water Treatment Plant

  • OC Transpo Dispatch Building

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LEED® Neighbourhood - Lansdowne Park Redevelopment 

The Lansdowne Redevelopment project, completed in 2014, is Ottawa’s first green community designed to follow LEEDTM. Lansdowne has received Silver Plan Pre-Certification (Stage 2) under the LEEDTM for Neighbourhood Development program and joins four neighbourhoods in Ontario and 15 across Canada that are leading the way in sustainability. 

Lansdowne has been transformed through smart growth and green building into a sustainable and vibrant mixed-use community that is a positive example for the rest of Ottawa.  The site is open and well-connected, and encourages walking, cycling, and public transit use.  The location reduces urban sprawl and automobile dependence.  The 14.8 hectares of urban park, public plazas, and heritage buildings create a sense of place and animate the site through programming.  All new buildings were designed to be energy efficient, and incorporate green features.  Lansdowne has become a unique destination for both residents and visitors to live, work, and play.

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Green Garage - Glebe Parking Garage

The Glebe Parking Garage, completed in October 2015, was designed to be a mobility hub for the local community.  This project is the first in the City to target Green Garage Certification, which is an international rating system administered by the Green Parking Council that recognizes sustainable practices in parking structure design, construction, and management. 

The four-level garage has 144 vehicle parking spaces, which include two car share spaces, two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and preferred parking for low-emitting, fuel efficient, and alternative fuel vehicles. The garage also provides 29 ring and post covered bicycle spaces, two of which have electrical outlets for rechargeable bikes or scooters, and a bike repair station.  The building’s sustainability features include: solar panels feeding energy back into the Hydro grid to offset onsite energy use, natural ventilation; controlled, energy efficient lighting; regionally-sourced and recycled materials; and two parkettes with water efficient landscaping.

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