January 12, 2012
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The Calgary Public Building is historically significant to the landscape of our city. It is located at the eastern end of Stephen Avenue in downtown Calgary and was built in 1929 by the federal government as the local post office and purchased by The City of Calgary in 1979 for use as offices. Part of proudly serving a great city is taking care of places like the Calgary Public Building. It is part of our history and to be able to restore as many of its original features as possible, while reducing energy consumption and focusing on sustainability including doing more with the assets we already own, in this case, increasing the occupancy of the building from 210 to 350.
The completed renovation improved the environmental performance of the building while lowering operating costs by 46 per cent, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 54 per cent. The Calgary Public Building has achieved gold and is awaiting a platinum rating on the LEED Commercial Interiors scale.
Public Consultation on Changes to LEED Canada for Homes Energy Requirements
Since 2009, nearly 2000 homes across the country have been registered under LEED Canada for Homes. The success of the program is driving a call from the market for improvements to ensure continued progress. The Canada Green Building Council is responding by seeking feedback on a proposed change aimed at ensuring the rating system continues to advance green home construction across the country.
The CaGBC is proposing to raise the minimum energy efficiency threshold for participation in the program from EnerGuide 76 to 80. This change is being proposed with the goal of advancing the industry while ensuring that the minimum performance benchmarks are achievable, with a reasonable degree of effort. Of the almost 200 homes certified to date, 98% have achieved EnerGuide 80 or better (or the HERS / prescriptive point equivalent).
This change has been recommended by the LEED Canada for Homes Technical Advisory Sub-Committee and would only affect projects registered after the implementation of any changes, which would likely take place mid-2012.
As a national 3rd party verified rating system, we would like feedback from across the country to guide the continued evolution of LEED Canada for Homes. Please take a moment to help shape the future of the LEED Canada for Homes program and respond to the survey questions found by clicking on the link below. The survey will run until February 17, 2012.Link to Survey
News & Views is the biweekly e-blast of the Alberta Chapter, Canada Green Building Council.
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