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EllisDon has celebrated six Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications in recent months, including the Algonquin College Centre for Construction Excellence and the Woodstock General Hospital.

MISSISSAUGA, ONT.

EllisDon has celebrated six Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications in recent months.

“Sustainability has migrated from being a competitive advantage to becoming a market expectation,” said Andres Bernal, managing director of Sustainable Building Services at EllisDon.

“As the industry progresses in terms of green construction, expectations are higher, more complex and even becoming part of contractual obligations.”

The projects contained a few firsts for EllisDon, including the first LEED Platinum project for the company in Eastern Canada.  All projects were certified under CaGBC’s LEED Canada for New Construction and Major Renovations and their certification brings the total number of LEED certified projects EllisDon is directly involved in to 106.

Last month, the Woodstock General Hospital project earned LEED Silver, nine months early.

EllisDon self-performed the LEED facilitation role on this state-of-the-art healthcare facility. EllisDon was obligated to deliver a LEED certified project within 24 months of substantial completion but through the efforts of the company’s Sustainable Building Services group, along with the consultants and owner.

EllisDon recently learned that the Algonquin College Centre for Construction Excellence was awarded LEED Platinum certification, becoming EllisDon’s second LEED Platinum build and the first in Eastern Canada.

This facility is considered a leader in LEED building design due in part to features such as a green roof with native vegetation and a five-storey bio-wall that helps clean indoor air and control humidity levels in the atrium of the building.

The EllisDon projects of West Orillia Sports Centre and Connaught School Modernization in Calgary have been LEED Silver certified. Nova Scotia Community College, Centre for the Building Environment and Trillium Health Centre Administration Building in Toronto have received LEED Gold.

“Besides the net benefits, a successful certification also shows the implementation of creative and concerted efforts of all the project partners to address risk management.  This collaboration is leading the industry in the right direction,” said Bernal.

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