Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Alberta's first LEED Gold private office project
Remington Development Corporation announced its new head office, Quarry Park West, has achieved LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council. Quarry Park West is Alberta's first privately developed suburban office project to earn this recognition.
Remington's Quarry Park West building, in the company's new mixed-use community Quarry Park, makes use of extensive green design and construction materials with impressive and measurable results in several LEED categories. Company Chair Randy Remington says that, from the outset, the building was intended to reflect how design and functionality don't have to come at the expense of sustainability. "Quarry Park West is a premier example of how design, construction technology and materials have advanced significantly in the last decade. Tailoring a tenant's needs to satisfy specific requirements while still achieving a meaningful level of sustainability is not only the responsible approach to development, it's now standard in every Remington project."
The building was measured in a range of areas including site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design process. To receive LEED Gold status a building must achieve a minimum 39 points in the rating system. Quarry Park West garnered 42 points.
Remington's president Cody Clayton says the company's latest achievement is a fitting complement to the overall design philosophy of the entire community. "Our principle objective when planning Quarry Park was to create an inclusive and responsible community that balanced the needs of commercial tenants, retail tenants and homeowners. Underscoring all this was our intention of integrating many unique sustainability features throughout the community. To have our headquarters recognized by the world's foremost green building authority just reinforces our commitment to responsible and sustainable design and construction," says Clayton.
Highlights of Quarry Park West's sustainability and LEED certification include:
* More than 40 per cent water use reduction vs. baseline design
* 100 per cent of irrigation demands (4,217 m3) supplied by rainwater captured in three cisterns
* 384 tonnes - or 76 per cent - of waste diverted from landfill during construction
* 1,500m2 green roof
* 64 per cent of wood used in construction procured from FSC certified sources * 76 per cent of the building is day lit
Source: Canadian Journal of Green Building & Design, www.building.ca/news/albertas-first-leed-gold-private-office-project/1000586912/