CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island, October 7, 2011 — The Government of Canada is adorned in “gold and green” after the Jean Canfield Building in Charlottetown, P.E.I., received its official Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification. This makes it the first Government of Canada building to receive Gold certification in Atlantic Canada under the category of New Construction or Major Renovations.
The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, unveiled the official LEED® plaque at an event today in Charlottetown.
“As the federal Minister Responsible for P.E.I., I am proud to see that our Government is taking an important leadership role to protect the environment, and is achieving real results right here in P.E.I. for today and for a cleaner tomorrow,” said Minister Shea.
The Jean Canfield Building is a showcase for many innovative environmental technologies, and uses natural light to reduce indoor lighting requirements, recycles rainwater to reduce water usage and has a reflective roof to reduce the amount of heat the building absorbs from the atmosphere.
The LEED Green Building Rating System® is an internationally recognized third-party certification program that encourages and recognizes achievements in the environmental design, construction and operation of buildings. The Jean Canfield Building’s LEED® Gold designation recognizes not only that the building’s construction was executed in an environmentally conscious manner, but also that since completion, the facility continues to operate in an efficient manner, minimizing waste and pollution, while fostering a healthy and productive work environment.
The four-storey, 17,500-square-metre facility was officially opened on April 25, 2008, and currently houses approximately 500 federal employees representing more than 10 federal departments and agencies.
The Jean Canfield Building was designed by Bergmark Guimond Hammarlund Jones Architects in joint venture with HOK, and its construction was carried out by Hervé Pomerleau Inc. The design and site preparation were guided by the three Government of Canada initiatives of sustainable development, connectivity and supportive work environments.
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Jean Canfield Building, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold Certification
One of the most environmentally friendly buildings ever constructed by Public Works and Government Services Canada, this four-storey building combines new environmental design features and technologies, while still reflecting the character and historic architecture that is evident throughout downtown Charlottetown. The building is a showcase for environmental technologies and includes the use of natural light to moderate indoor temperatures, recycled rainwater to reduce water consumption and a reflective roof to reduce the amount of heat the building absorbs from the atmosphere.
Three Government of Canada initiatives guided the design and site preparation for the Jean Canfield Building: sustainable development, which minimizes the negative impact on the environment during the design, construction and operation and the maintenance of the building; connectivity, to increase government efficiency and make services to Canadians more accessible; and supportive work environments, to ensure that employees have the space, tools and technology they need to be comfortable, effective and efficient.