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10/03/2012

Earth Rangers Centre Becomes Double LEED Certified

 
The Double LEED certfied home base of the Earth Rangers

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)

Earth Rangers — the kids' conservation organization dedicated to educating millions of children across Canada about the importance of protecting biodiversity — has been awarded Platinum Certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) through its LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) green building rating system for The Earth Rangers Centre located in Woodbridge, Ontario.

The Earth Rangers Centre certified LEED® Gold for New Construction in 2004, is home to Earth Rangers' Animal Ambassadors and staff and is also a showcase for leading edge sustainable building technologies that reduce energy, water and resource consumption, while also maintaining the highest levels of functionality and comfort for occupants and tenants.

“Achieving a score of 92 of a possible 110 points in the rating system, The Earth Rangers Centre is currently the highest scoring LEED EB building in Canada. The Centre features technologies such as:

  • Solar photovoltaic generation
  • On-site wastewater treatment
  • Earth tubes
  • Solar hot water
  • Stormwater control
  • Geothermal heating and cooling
  • Vegetated green roofs

The LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system focuses on measured performance of the building, and requires participants to track and prove the performance of their facility. Notable metrics attained by the building include:

  • Energy consumption 83% below energy code baseline
  • 130,000 kWh of annual solar energy generation (enough to power 12 average Canadian homes for a year)
  • 1.5 million liters of water recycled in 2011
  • 100% of power supplied comes from renewables or low impact hydroelectric generation sources
  • 100% of all cleaning products meet green cleaning standards
  • Native and drought hardy landscaping that needs no irrigation and uses no pesticides
  • An extensive preventative maintenance program that includes infrared scanning of building components
  • An online commuting alternative program for staff and tenants
  • 80% diversion of waste from landfill

“I would like to congratulate The Earth Rangers Centre for becoming the highest rated LEED for existing buildings project in Canada. This is the first time ever that the CaGBC has certified a building initially as LEED Gold for New Construction, and then seven years later as LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance," says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. "It is key for LEED certified buildings to not only achieve this high level of performance, but maintain it as well. Earth Rangers took this a step further by exceeding the performance targeted under their initial certification. This project sets a benchmark in Canada that any building owner can follow to create lasting dividends for the environment and their pocketbook."

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

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Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
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09/17/2014

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09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

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09/12/2014

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09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

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09/04/2014

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09/03/2014

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09/02/2014

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08/29/2014

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08/27/2014

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08/26/2014

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08/25/2014

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08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

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