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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.

Examples of Green Buildings and Communities


As the largest development of its kind, Blatchford holds the potential to influence the way the world thinks about creating communities.

Lois Hole Library

The Lois Hole Library, located in southwest Edmonton, has been built to LEED® Standards and has been awarded LEED® Silver Certification.

Understand and improve your home’s energy efficiency with a customized Home Energy Plan.

Learn more about climate change, energy and our strategies for adaptation and resilience. Get tips on how to take action against climate change and reduce our impact on the environment.

Take advantage of the provincial programs! Get the program highlights and find out how to register.

Connect With Us!

For More Information

City Environmental Strategies

9th Floor Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
T5J 0J4


In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-401-7050

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