Building green is about conserving resources during construction and throughout the operation of a building. Green buildings can contribute to the protection and restoration of biodiversity and urban agriculture and improve comfort, productivity, and livability for the people who occupy them.
We All Benefit from Building Green
Those who build green can improve the economy by promoting renewable energy technologies, encouraging the growth of local business and expanding the use of sustainable construction materials.
Those who buy green homes or buildings can experience more comfortable indoor environments, feel good about contributing to a reduction in Edmonton’s carbon footprint, and save money on their utility bills! Working in green buildings has also been shown to improve productivity and reduce absenteeism.
What the City is Doing
Since January 1, 2008, all new City-owned buildings and major renovations have been designed and constructed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard as a minimum, and to be formally LEED certified.
In May 2017, City Council approved the Sustainable Building Policy (C532), setting a new and ambitious standard for energy efficiency for a major Canadian city. The policy encourages ideas such as passive design strategies and high quality and well-insulated windows, doors and walls. It also requires a minimum 1% of the project budget be dedicated to on-site energy generation. For more information, please see the Media Release.