The new Townhall in The Blue Mountains has received LEED® Canada Gold Certification for New Construction because of the sustainable features incorporated into the building in an effort to both save energy and improve the environment for residents of the community.
Concerned with high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes and communities throughout Canada, The Canada Green Building Council’s President and CEO stated, “We would like to congratulate the Town of The Blue Mountains on their LEED Gold Certification. Building a town hall to such high sustainability standards is not only responsible, but it sets a great example for the residents of this community. It tells them that their community officials are “walking the talk” and care about the environment.”
Mayor of The Blue Mountains, Ellen Anderson, said of the award: “We are honored to be recognized by the Canada Green Building Council for our commitment to preserving our natural resources. As a corporate citizen and community committed to sustainability, we feel this project stands as a testament to our values and commitment to making a positive difference in sustainability.”
According to their website, The Blue Mountains noted that some of the green features of the new townhall include:
• Distributed ground source heat pumps to provide heating and cooling with annual energy usage 67% less than that of the Model National Energy Code for Buildings in Canada.
• 93% of regularly occupied spaces have access to natural lighting and 97% have access to views to the outdoors.
• Utilization of storm water harvested from the roof of the building to flush toilets and urinals.
According to the article on The Blue Mountains website, the Town of the Blue Mountains not only received the LEED® Gold, but also received grants totaling $4,971,680 towards the construction of the building, representing some 70% of the $7,000,000 (approx.) construction cost of the building.
The Town Hall will be formally opened on July 4th 2012, from 1:00-4:30 p.m. with a public open house celebration.