What is meant by building green?
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.
To encourage greener buildings, the City has developed the Green Building Plan in consultation with community, industry, City departments and sustainability experts. The plan sets out the City’s expectations for green building as well as the programs that will be developed to encourage greener buildings in Edmonton.
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.
The promotion of Green Buildings supports the City of Edmonton’s vision of a vibrant, sustainable city with attractive, livable and more compact communities.
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.
The City has also committed to building our buildings 30% more energy efficiently than the current standard, which is the Model National Energy Code.
Read about the City's Green Building Policy and Plan.
To fully understand the costs and benefits of constructing to the LEED standard, the City of Edmonton, with the assistance of HDR Corporation Decision Economics, conducted a Sustainable Return on Investment (SROI) Analysis of three recently completed civic buildings. The methodology and results of the analysis are included in the report.