Purpose

The purpose of a sustainable building policy is to ensure that we construct buildings in a sustainable manner, and to promote sustainable building practices.

Execution

At the start of a project we assign one person to be responsible for the LEED portion of the project. This person is responsible for writing the following plans, and ensuring they are executed:

Environmental Construction Operations (ECO),

Construction Waste Management (CWM),

Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC),

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

This person is also responsible for collecting relevant information from the subtrades regarding the materials they use.

Innovation

The Canada Green Building Council allows points for innovation, and we look for ways to gain credit this way. One way is to maximize the amount of waste materials that are recycled. For example, if the specifications call for 50% of materials to be recycled and we achieve 75% or more, we can gain extra credit. Other ways are to see what can be done with excess materials on site. For example, we gave some thermal panels from a demolition to a local farmer who used the panels for constructing a shed. These panels would otherwise have gone straight to the landfill.

Project                            Location          Complete         LEED Status                CaGBC File

South Division Police               Edmonton                      Yes                   Gold (Awarded)                 14535

RCMP Timberlea                        Fort McMurray           Yes                    Gold (Expected)                10264

Westerra High School              Stony Plain                    Yes                   Silver (Expected)               10755

Fire Hall No. 5                            Fort McMurray            Yes                   Silver (Expected)              13098

Industrial Building                   Acheson                          Yes                  Silver (Expected)               13831

Ecole St. Thomas                       Lloydminster                No                   Silver (Expected)               13718