Huronia Historical Parks Goes Green
Significant LEED ® Achievement for Sainte-Marie among the HuronsHuronia 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