Canadian hospital a 'golden' facility
Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for new construction with the Canada Green Building Council, reports the Oakville Beaver.
LEED is a nationally-recognized certification program for the design, operation and construction of high-performance green buildings.
Certification is given to buildings that maintain a healthy indoor environment, operate with reduced greenhouse gas emissions and use energy efficiently.
The new 1.6-million-square-foot Canadian hospital facility, which opened Dec. 13, 2015, achieved gold certification after earning 39 credits in the green building rating system, according to a media release.
LEED buildings are certified within four levels — gold is the second highest level of achievement.
“Based on input we received from the community early in the planning process, we wanted to create a facility that balances the efficient use of resources with the best care for our patients,” Bill Bailey, Halton Healthcare’s vice president of redevelopment, said in the release. “From the very beginning, we were committed to pursuing sustainable design strategies, with a goal to achieve a minimum LEED silver rating. We are pleased to have surpassed our original goal by meeting the requirements to achieve gold certification.
“Conserving environmental resources while creating state-of-the-art healing environments for patients and their families was very important to the whole team and we are extremely proud to be recognized as leaders in sustainability and green building.”
Gold certification reflects the OTMH’s energy efficiency and sustainable features that went into the design and construction of the new hospital, including:
• More than 75 percent of construction waste diverted from landfill;
• High-efficiency faucets, toilets, showers and urinals installed to reduce water consumption;
• Low-VOC materials including paints, adhesives, coatings, sealants and flooring;
• Mechanical systems free of ozone depleting refrigerants to cool the building;
• Designed to promote public transit, cycling and alternative fuel vehicles.
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