Leed Gold award plaque unveiling at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

Huronia Historical Parks Goes Green

Significant LEED ® Achievement for Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

Huronia Historical Parks’ environmental commitment to the Sainte-Marie among the Hurons has been carried through to the green, sustainable development of the new Administration and Maintenance Building, opened in October 2010. They received LEED ® Gold certification in the area of New Construction and Major Renovation for the Administration and Maintenance Building. The LEED ® acronym stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and the program is administered by the Canada Green Building Council.

When representatives from Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, the construction company Ameresco Canada Inc., project managers, MHPM Project Managers Inc. and the Facilities Management Section of MTCS assembled September 19th to announce the achievement, this commitment to reach a LEED ® standard was evident by the pride and sense of accomplishment from the group.
Driven at the onset of the project to develop a design and construction strategy that would meet LEED ® criteria, the group exceeded expectations by reaching the Gold rating, beyond Infrastructure Ontario’s minimum requirement for LEED ® Silver.

The design and build was managed throughout the construction process with rateable LEED ® categories front of mind. We excelled in the areas of Water Efficiency, achieving a 30% water use reduction. Under Innovation and Design, Huronia Historical Parks managed to divert 88% of the construction waste from landfill and used materials that had 35% recycled content and were manufactured regionally. In addition, working in a green building has drastically improved the day-to-day quality of working life and staff is thrilled to be in this new environment.
Huronia Historical Parks also made a commitment to educate the public with LEED ® information on their web site, in a brochure, and via a video screen in the reception area.
For more information on the LEED ® Green Building Rating System please visit the Canada Green Building Council web site at cagbc.org

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Water Efficiency

Water efficient fixture at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

Canadians use more than double the amount of water on a daily basis than Europeans. Sainte-Marie is using water more effectively as well as reducing the amount of water used daily on the site by 30% by:

  • Installing water efficient fixtures
  • Using hands-free sensors
  • Planting drought tolerant plants that don’t require artificial irrigation
  • Installing low-flow toilets and urinals


Geo-thermal heating installed at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

Measures to help reduce energy consumption and significantly minimize pollution were major considerations in our sustainable design.

With heating and cooling the largest energy consumer, our green design has included a horizontal-bed geothermal heating and cooling system underneath the northern parking lot, which extracts energy from under the earth’s surface. We’ve also integrated an energy recovery ventilation system.

Building Materials

Administration building at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

Being resourceful in building a sustainable facility was important to us, as was the use of local materials and labour. It helps the local economy and lessens the environmental impact of transporting materials. South Georgian Bay and the surrounding area is rich in resources as is the province of Ontario. We sourced over 60% of materials within 800km of the site.