Halifax, N.S. – Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA) has its first LEED certified building. HSIA’s Combined Services Complex (CSC) has recently received LEED Silver certification.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system is the internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“We are thrilled to receive this certification,” says Michael Healy, Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) Vice President Infrastructure & Commercial Development. “It’s important that we, not only as an airport authority, but as an airport community, be leaders in environmental excellence. I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in this project. Achieving this LEED silver status is a significant milestone for us.”
LEED certification is a process of submission and third party review. Six categories of environmental sustainability need to be followed to obtain certification: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation & design process.
A few examples of the building’s green features include:
- The CSC consumes 30% less energy than a non-LEED certified building of the same size.
- Renewable (Green) power is used for more than 50% of the regular power usage.
- The use of water efficient fixtures has resulted in a 46% reduction in potable water use.
The Combined Services Complex received LEED Innovation in Design credits for exceptional performance in: water use reduction, use of recycled materials and use of regional materials.
“I would like to congratulate Halifax Stanfield International Airport on the certification of its first LEED facility,” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “The greening of all new construction projects including transportation facilities is critical in moving toward a sustainable future. In Canada, over 30% of greenhouse gas emissions are associated with buildings. With this facility HSIA is taking an important step to reduce environmental impacts from its buildings.”