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Manitoba reaches LEED certification milestone

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by DCN News Services

OTTAWA — Manitoba has completed 100 LEED certified projects.
Manitoba reaches LEED certification milestone

Totalling 601,753 square metres of space, these 100 LEED certifications represent Manitoba's greenest and most sustainable buildings, with 72 certifications in Winnipeg, six in Brandon and the remaining 22 projects spread across the province.

The honour of the 100th project goes to Stantec's new Winnipeg office at 311 Portage St., which earned LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors certification on June 27.

The 55,000-square-foot office space amalgamates the company's many office locations into one central spot in the city, and incorporated various green design measures in order to achieve a construction waste diversion of 91.33 per cent, a 36.7 per cent reduction in installed lighting power density over ASHRAE 90.1-2004, and a reduction of 61.43 per cent over baseline for water fixture performance, states a release issued by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

"This excellent outcome in achieving LEED Gold certification in the commercial interiors rating system is the result of strong collaboration within our architecture, interior design and engineering buildings team," said Eric Wiens, Stantec vice-president and regional leader, Manitoba.

The province's 100 LEED certified projects include 16 LEED Certified, 41 LEED Silver, 34 LEED Gold and nine LEED Platinum. Rating system types are broken down as 72 New Construction or Core and Shell projects, six Commercial Interiors projects, five Existing Building certifications and 17 Homes projects, with a total of 50 residential units.

Throughout the years, there have been a number of significant milestones for LEED in Manitoba.

These include:

the LEED Platinum certified Amber Trails Community School, which recently won a 2017 CaGBC Green Building Excellence Award. Located in a new neighbourhood in North Winnipeg, Amber Trails has achieved over 50 per cent reduction in water use, and energy savings of 65 per cent in energy cost and 68 per cent in energy use;

the Sir Sam Steele project, a LEED Gold certified group of affordable homes built by Habitat for Humanity and designed by Manitoba company ft3, which is saving residents up to 30 per cent in energy and water costs each year;

the 17-storey office tower at 220 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg, which earned LEED Platinum for Existing Building certification in 2013 and showcases how an older building could be retrofitted to maximize performance and efficiency; and

Manitoba Hydro Place, which when it was certified LEED Platinum in 2012, was Canada's largest office tower and was one of the first in Canada to be designed as climatically responsive.

In addition to certifications, there are an additional 121 projects registered with the intention to certify, which total over 800,000 square metres of space.

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