Canada Green Building Council announces 100th Manitoba LEED certification

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stantec's portage ave building
Rendering of Stantec's building at 311 Portage in Winnipeg

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the CaGBC Manitoba Chapter say that Manitoba has achieved its 100th LEED certified project. Totaling 601,753 sq. m. 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, CaGBC says in a news release.

The 100th project is Stantec’s new Winnipeg office at 311 Portage St., which earned LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors certification on June 27. This 55,000 sq. ft. 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%, a 36.7% reduction in installed lighting power density over ASHRAE 90.1-2004, and reduction of 61.43% over baseline for water fixture performance.

“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,” says Eric Wiens, Stantec vice-president and regional leader, Manitoba. “I can’t think of a better way to serve as a role model for our clients than to achieve this certification from the CaGBC and to demonstrate our own high performance design capacity right within our Stantec office in downtown Winnipeg.”

Manitoba’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.

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

“I would like to congratulate Manitoba on earning its 100th LEED certification,” says CAGBC president and CEO Thomas Mueller. “Manitoba was an early adopter of green building and LEED and we watched provincial and local governments, industry and institutions embrace the idea of sustainability in building design and construction. Building on the progress to date, Manitoba is well positioned to move toward a low-carbon economic future by continuing to support rigorous green building programs like LEED through public policy. CaGBC is committed to working with government and industry for investment in low-carbon, sustainable and healthy buildings in Manitoba.”

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