Canadian Coast Guard Achieves LEED Gold Certification

The Maritime Headquarters for the Canadian Coast Guard, located on the Bedford Institute of Oceanography Campus, has been awarded LEED Gold certification for New Construction. This multi-storey building houses 170 staff and comprises more than 5,400 square metres of gross floor area. Green features include:

  • Showers and change rooms for staff choosing to commute via cycling;
  • Exclusive carpool parking spaces and a parking management plan to help reduce vehicle emissions;
  • A preserved green space in excess of the size of the building's footprint (there are local deer who benefit from this);
  • A combination white reflective and green roof mitigating the heat island effect;
  • A landscaping plan incorporated native and adapted species which thrive in the local climate and do not require irrigation;
  • Efficient water fixtures such as dual-flush toilets and low-flow urinals help reduce the building's overall water consumption by 47% over a conventional building;
  • 88% of construction debris and waste was diverted from traditional landfill. Instead, the materials were recycled or reused;
  • More than 15% of the building materials were made of recycled content, and more than 30% of the materials were extracted/harvested and manufactured locally;
  • Low-emitting materials, such as adhesives, sealants, paints and flooring products were selected to improve the building's indoor environmental quality;
  • The building is oriented to maximize natural daylighting and to reduce the need for electric lighting during regular operating hours. Employees and visitors to the building benefit from expansive views to the outdoors in more than 90% of the building's spaces. 

 

The project team included: 

  • Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC);  Client
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans; Client
  • NORR Architects, Engineers and Planners;  Architect
  • Barrie and Langille Architects Ltd; Architect
  • BMR Engineering;  Structural Engineering Consultant
  • F.C. O'Neill Scriven and Associates Ltd.;  Mechanical, Electrical and Energy Engineering Consultants
  • ABLE Engineering;  Civil Engineering Consultants
  • Vollick McKee Petersmann & Associates; Landscape Architects
  • PCL Constructors Canada;  General Contractor
  • Solterre Design;  LEED Consultant
LEED Credit "Scorecard" Summary

LEED Credit "Scorecard" Summary

Primary entrance

Primary entrance

Exterior elevation and secure bicycle storage

Exterior elevation and secure bicycle storage

Work stations with natural daylighting and views to the outdoors.

Work stations with natural daylighting and views to the outdoors.

Foyer

Foyer