Brampton Building Receives High Praise for Being Environmentally Friendly
Brampton continues to lead the way on being more environmentally friendly. Because of this, the city has been recognized for its efforts.
The Williams Parkway Operations Centre (WPOC) has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council.
WPOC is an administrative building with a garden, event terrace, green space, and staff and public parking. The building has many environmentally friendly features that contributed to the LEED certification.
The location has a naturalized landscape that eliminates the need for irrigation and a stormwater management pond which both help reduce water use.
The building has a green roof area with a vegetable garden and roofing material that reflects sunlight to reduce the heat island effect.
The location also supports more environmentally friendly transportation with the installation of bicycle racks and three electric vehicle charging stations.
The LEED certification is given to a building that has great environmental sustainability in design, construction and operation.
Projects need to earn points in several categories to receive the certification, including such as Location and Transportation, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Innovation and more.
Based on the number of points earned, a building then receives one of four rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. The WPOC building, earned 60 points, qualifying for the Gold rating.
Brampton has been pursuing LEED certifications since 2007. Other buildings/projects that have also achieved a Gold certification are Brampton Fire Station 212, City Hall addition and West Tower, Brampton Fire Station 211 and Peel Paramedic Centre, and Gore Meadows Community Centre & Library.
"One of Council's directions for this term is Building a Green City," says Mayor Patrick Brown. "We're committed to following LEED and other sustainable principles to reduce emissions and help make Brampton a more sustainable city."
Brampton has also built new buildings/projects that were designed and built to LEED standards and are awaiting certification. These are the Springdale Library, WPOC Phase 2, Brampton Apparatus & Maintenance Building, and Brampton Fire Station 204 Addition.
To learn more about Leed you can visit: https://new.usgbc.org/leed
Cover photo courtesy of the City of Brampton
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