Richmond’s new RCMP detachment headquarters is showing leadership in reducing its impact on the environment.
On Monday, the City of Richmond announced the building on No. 5 Road near Ironwood Mall had achieved Gold certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, which exemplifies the building’s sustainable design, construction and operation.
It’s the first city-owned building to achieve that status.
“The city is very proud to be recognized by the Canada Green Building Council through the Community Safety Building’s LEED Gold certification,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release. “This certification is a testament to the city’s commitments to sustainability and green building practices.”
Sustainability features in the new Richmond Community Safety Building include the fact the building itself is being recycled — in 2010 it was used to house the Vancouver Integrated Security Unit which oversaw security for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Originally, it was home for many years to high-tech firm MacDonald Dettwiler.
The RCMP’s building also has solar panels to heat domestic hot water, preferred parking stalls for carpools and electric vehicle charging stations, and low-flow plumbing fixtures for water use reduction.
The Richmond Olympic Oval attained silver LEED certification.
Other buildings awaiting certification include the Steveston Fire Hall (Fire Hall 2), Hamilton Fire Hall (Fire Hall 5) and the City Centre Community Centre, which is now under construction.
Under the LEED program, buildings are assessed in the following categories:
• Sustainable Site Development
• Water Use Efficiency
• Energy Use Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction
• Materials and Resource Management
• Indoor Air Quality
• Innovation in Design