The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system is a widely used green-building standard. The LEED rating system scores buildings based on siting (density, transit connectivity, etc.), energy and water conservation, renewable energy production, waste production and handling, materials sourcing, and a host of other factors. Depending on their scores, buildings can be rated as Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.
Where are we now?
The number of LEED-certified buildings in Saskatoon is rising steadily. In total, our city now has 19 certified buildings—three times the number in 2013.
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What are we doing?
LEED-Certified City buildings
The City of Saskatoon has constructed four LEED buildings since 2014: the Saskatoon Police Service HQ; Saskatoon Transit Operations Facility; Fire Station No. 8; and Access Transit Garage.
High Performance Civic Building Policy
The City is developing a policy for new civic buildings based on best practices, high efficiency standards, and a wide range of social and sustainability considerations. The creation of a High Performance Civic Building Policy is a key step toward achieving the City’s Strategic Goals and meeting our GHG emission reduction targets.
Energy Performance Contracting (EPC)
EPC achieves energy and water efficiencies and cost savings in civic buildings through retrofits of lighting, heating, cooling, water, and building envelope systems in collaboration with an energy services company. Retrofit costs are repaid from energy and utility savings. The energy services company guarantees the savings, reducing risks and costs for the City.
What can you do?
Keep informed about the City’s expanding efforts to reduce community and City GHG emissions.
Did you know?
Our Police Service Headquarters earned LEED Silver certification, scoring points for site selection and redevelopment, water use reduction, energy performance (7/10), construction waste management, and recycled materials utilization.