Williams Parkway Operations Centre receives LEED® Gold Certification #Brampton

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BRAMPTON, ON (May 6, 2019) – The City of Brampton has been recognized once again for its environmentally sustainable buildings. The Williams Parkway Operations Centre (WPOC) has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council.

WPOC is a two-storey, 3,700-square-metre administrative building, with a garden and event terrace, green space, and staff and public parking. Some of the environmental highlights that contributed to its LEED® certification include: 

 

·       Water use reduction on site (e.g. using low flow fixtures, no landscape irrigation system)  

·       A storm water management pond  created to reduce runoff into the storm water system 

·       Roofing material that reflects sunlight to reduce heat island effect  

·       A geothermal heat pump system with building automation

·       Support for alternative transportation with the installation of bicycle racks and three electric vehicle charging stations 

·       A green roof area with vegetable garden, which reduces the heat island effect and cooling load 

·       Naturalized landscaping that eliminates the need for irrigation, and therefore reduces water use 

 

LEED® certification recognizes a building’s outstanding environmental sustainability in design, construction and operation. Projects need to earn points in several categories to receive LEED® certification, such as Location and Transportation, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Innovation and more. Based on the number of points earned, a project then receives one of four LEED® rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. The WPOC project, which completed in 2015, earned 60 points, qualifying for the Gold rating. 

 

The City of Brampton has been pursuing LEED® certifications since 2007. The following projects have also achieved LEED® Gold certification: 

·       Brampton Fire Station 212

·       City Hall addition and West Tower

·       Brampton Fire Station 211 and Peel Paramedic Centre

·       Gore Meadows Community Centre & Library

 

The following projects were designed and built to LEED® standards and are awaiting final certification: 

·       Springdale Library

·       WPOC Phase 2

·       Brampton Apparatus & Maintenance Building

·       Brampton Fire Station 204 Addition

 

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“One of Council’s directions for this term is Building a Green CityWe’re committed to following LEED® and other sustainable principles to reduce emissions and help make Brampton a more sustainable city.”

–        Mayor Patrick Brown