City hall building earns LEED Silver Certification

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Here, Mayor Charles Pender is shown after unveiling a plaque that will be placed at city hall. — Star photo by Diane Crocker

The City of Corner Brook was recognized on Friday for being the first commercial building in the province to receive LEED Silver Certification.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.

Organizations: Environmental Design

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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  • SayWhat
    December 08, 2013 - 11:40

    Let's get something straight, Corner Brook did not "earn" anything, the taxpayers paid for this plaque and paid for it dearly. Now during Pender's second reign, lets see how open and transparent is Corner Brook City Hall. Taxpayers have heard about this Leed building for some time, but the cost was never mentioned. Leed is a registered tradermark with the Canada Green Building Council. Hence many questions demand answers. For example, how about making public the contract between the City of Corner Brook and the Canada Green Building Council? How much did it cost Corner Brook taxpayers in registration fees? How much did it cost Corner Brook taxpayers in certification costs,? How much did Corner Brook taxpayers pay out in consulting fees for this plaque? For those who may not know, Leed certification is based on a 70 point checklist.But the question I got is what checklist was used? This Leed is on its fourth checklist version. One of the versions gave you a point if your building was non smoking. Big whoop. What public building has smoking these days? And during the first reign of Pender Corner Brook taxpayers entered an agreement to pay someone to tell them about no smoking in a public building. Incredible.. And if you examine the 70 point checklist, silver is in the mid to low category. It's like getting a D on a report card. As for the relevance of this plaque. Did you know earlier this year, the City of Ottawa's Environment Committee recommended to that council to remove Leed certification as a requirement for all buildings over 5,400 square feet. One of the reasons was frustration over the COST for Leed certification. Also Silver certification has become irrelevant because most of the 70 point checklist is incorporated in most major cities building codes (like no smoking). And what about insurance costs. ReNew Canada says stakeholders should tread cautiously when making assurances with respect to Green Buildings.. Therefore, how much more did Corner Brook taxpayers shell out for insurance? One last question, which council's budget paid the Canada Green Building Council because I don't recall such an expenditure. By the way, one last observation, if someone in Corner Brook City Hall damages the plaque it costs 420 dollars to replace.. 280 dollars if the glass is damaged.