Goodes Hall expansion awarded LEED® gold sustainability certification

Posted on September 03, 2015

Kingston, ON – Sept. 3, 2015 – Queen’s School of Business today unveiled a plaque recognizing its newly awarded LEED® Gold certification of the west wing of Goodes Hall.

LEED®, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system that promotes sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. An additional category, innovation and design process, addresses sustainable building expertise. Certification is granted by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

“We are very pleased to be recognized for excellence in sustainability,” said Steve Millan, Executive Director, Finance and Administration, who led the Goodes Hall expansion project for QSB. “It was important to us to create a highly efficient, quality space to enhance the learning environment at QSB.’

Some of the LEED-certified sustainable design features of Goodes Hall’s west wing include a green roof, water-saving plumbing fixtures, high-efficiency light fixtures and mechanical equipment, Greenguard-certified furniture, and bicycle storage and showering facilities.

The 75,000-square-foot addition to Goodes Hall officially opened in September 2012. The west wing expansion was built onto the existing 110,000-square-foot home of the business school, which combines an 1892 red brick Victorian school house with a wing of a modern design on the east side.

The progress of the construction of the LEED® Gold-Certified west wing of Goodes Hall can be viewed in a time-lapse video.

About LEED
LEED® is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. It provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their building’s performance. LEED rating systems encourage and accelerate the global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

About CaGBC
The CaGBC is the leading national industry organization advancing green building and sustainable community development practices. It works closely with its member organizations that are involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings and homes in an effort to make every building greener. The CaGBC reduces environmental impacts from the built environment through education/training, building certification, advocacy and information-sharing. The CaGBC is the license holder for the LEED green building rating system in Canada. In addition to LEED, the CaGBC also supports the Living Building Challenge, Passive House Standard and EcoDistricts in Canada

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