The Molson Building, home to the John Molson School of Business, was granted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification status by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).
This important acknowledgment from the CaGBC officially recognizes Concordia’s longstanding commitment to sustainable practices. LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
Built in 2009 and located at Concordia’s downtown campus, the Molson Building boasts an immense solar wall (a world first in a non-residential building) that generates energy that is consumed in the building. Low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout the building also protect the environment by reducing water consumption by over 30 per cent.
The Molson Building features exemplary use of building control systems to regulate comfort levels for users of the spaces, water use reduction and incorporates both local and sustainable materials, all contributing to the silver rating.
Also receiving certification was Concordia’s PERFORM Centre. The building was awarded Gold status for its low energy consumption, water use reduction, use of local materials, and cleaning using environmentally accepted products.
Peter Bolla, Concordia’s associate vice-president, facilities management, says the LEED certification is reward for years of hard work from a diverse team of individuals. “These two buildings represent the future of Concordia’s physical environment,” he says. “They’re both well designed, aesthetically pleasing and ecologically sound. That’s something we strive for as we work to keep Concordia’s buildings ahead of the curve.”
The University is still waiting for the results of a third LEED certification for the Genomics building at Loyola which was designed based on the same principles of the other two buildings.
Posted November 9, 2012