The Lansdowne Redevelopment Project, a partnership between the City and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), has been recognized as an innovative example of the City’s sustainable building practices. It is the first project in Canada to receive full LEED for Neighbourhood Development Stage 3 Built Project Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Working in close collaboration with OSEG and the Minto Sustainability Group, all facets of the site plan for Lansdowne were developed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) targets and create a vibrant community hub and recreation destination in the heart of the Ottawa.
The City uses LEED to verify that municipal buildings have achieved sustainability targets. LEED is an internationally recognized rating system that independently certifies buildings and communities that have achieved rigorous environmental requirements.
LEED certified buildings help the City reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions. Other benefits include reduced water consumption, less toxic materials used and less waste generated during construction, reduced life-cycle costs, reduced utility costs and a healthier indoor environment for occupants.
Lansdowne was designed and built with green features that include:
- Transit and cycling facilities
- Tree-lined and shaded walkable streets
- Water efficient landscaping
- Energy efficient buildings
The City is committed to sustainable environmental practices by reducing the impact of constructing and operating buildings. Our Green Building Policy requires that all newly constructed municipal buildings greater than 500 square metres must be LEED Certified level or above. The Minto Recreation Complex received LEED Silver certification in 2017, bringing the number of LEED certified City buildings up to 27. Six City buildings are currently undergoing LEED certification, and there are several major City projects pursuing LEED certification.
In Canada, the LEED rating system is administered by the Canada Green Building Council, which works closely with the U.S. Green Building Council to process LEED certifications, including the Neighbourhood Development rating awarded to Lansdowne.