Where we live, learn, work andplay are directly linked to our healthand wellness. Little wonder then thatmany Albertans are striving to makebuildings and communities across theprovince the healthiest they can be, forboth people and the environment.
Leadership in Energy andEnvironmental Design (LEED)certification is the benchmark forhealthy design, with LEED buildingsmeeting the highest environmentalperformance standards in Canada.
“There are more LEED projects percapita in our province than in therest of Canada,” says Tanya Doran,executive director of the AlbertaChapter of the Canada Green BuildingCouncil, which certifies all CanadianLEED projects.
One is Brookfield Office Properties’Bankers Court in Calgary, Canada’sfirst LEED Gold certified commercialbuilding. It goes beyond the already
BuildinghealthierbuildingsDesign and innovation areadding to the wellness ofpeople and communities
stringent LEED standards for indoorenvironmental quality with suchfeatures as green cleaning andmaximum water, waste and energyefficiency.
On the home front, Brookfield’s
residential division and Landmark
Homes are constructing Alberta’s
first “net zero” homes in southeast
Calgary. Solar panels on 27 homes
mean homeowners could generate
as much electricity as they use, and
modular construction greatly reduces
construction times. In Red Deer,
Avalon Central Alberta’s Discovery 3
home also uses solar energy, plus has
highly efficient walls and windows and
a grey water recycling system.
Edmonton’s BeaverbrookDevelopments is bringing “greenbuilding” to outdoor spaces inGreenbury, Spruce Grove’s first green
The interior of the Cochrane Community Health Centre can be easily put together and taken
apart (again and again) with little disruption or mess.