First commercial building in Newfoundland and Labrador to be recognized
Corner Brook’s city hall. — Photo by Geraldine Brophy/The Western Star
CORNER BROOK Corner Brook’s city hall has officially been awarded LEED Silver certification by the Canada Green Building Council.
The council is a not-for-profit, national organization that works to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada.
“Corner Brook city hall is officially the first commercial building in Newfoundland and Labrador to be LEED Silver certified,” said Mayor Charles Pender in a prepared news release.
“This building, in its design, construction and operation, highlights the city’s commitment to environmental protection and demonstrates that sustainability is at the heart of what we do.”
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in more than 132 countries.
Opened in 2011, Corner Brook city hall was designed by BAE Newplan Group Ltd. (SNC –Lavalin Inc.) and built to conform to a series of standards that would enable it to qualify for Silver Certification.
Among other features, the building was recognized for its:
- Green roof, which reduces the heat island effect of the building and mitigates storm water runoff.
- Geothermal heating system, which saves approximately 496 metric tons of greenhouse gas annually.
- Low flow plumbing fixtures and rainwater collection system, which contribute to water conservation
- Use of low "E" glazed windows, which maximize the amount of natural light within the building and increase insulation, resulting in reduced energy consumption.
In announcing the certification, the mayor recognized those who participated in its design and construction.
“This building is a model of what can be achieved when great vision is combined with innovation and commitment to excellence," Pender said in the release.
The city is planning an official celebration for November, at which time the plaque will be unveiled and the public will be invited to take guided tours to learn more about the building’s special features.