TORONTO, Aug. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - GO Transit's Pickering station building
has attained LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Canada Gold certification for New Construction and Major Renovations, a
first for a passenger station building in the Greater Toronto and
Hamilton Area. The building was rehabilitated and is now complete with
a number of passenger amenities and eco-friendly features, including 60
per cent savings in annual energy consumption.
"GO Transit is making a conscious effort to go green," said Gary McNeil,
President of GO Transit. "We believe this LEED achievement for a
station is a first for a transit agency in Canada. We are pushing
ourselves to reach higher levels in environmental sustainability when
it comes to the design, construction and operation of our new station
buildings and facilities."
A number of GO Transit's maintenance and operational facilities have
been recognized for incorporating more progressive environmental
features. GO's Brampton and Oshawa bus facilities are also LEED Gold
certified, while the Halton Hills and Streetsville bus facilities have
been awarded LEED Silver certification. The East Gwillimbury Bus
Facility and Burlington GO Station - both now under construction - are
also hoping to achieve LEED Silver certification.
"This project is just one example of how we're making progress on
transit and realizing The Big Move, Metrolinx's Regional Transportation Plan," added Mr. McNeil. "While
growing to meet customer demand, we're also decreasing our carbon
footprint and greenhouse gas emissions."
Some of the building's eco-friendly features include:
A ground-source heat pump that uses heat from the ground to warm the
building in cooler weather and offsets warmer temperatures
A heat recovery unit that extracts heat from the air leaving the
building and uses it to heat the air entering the building
Low-flow plumbing fixtures that conserve 45 per cent more potable water
(equal to over 400,000 litres of water per year)
A waste management plan implemented during construction that resulted in
diverting 80 per cent of construction waste from landfill
For a complete list of the building's sustainability features, please
visit our website. Reinders & Rieder Ltd. was GO's consultant on the project, helping GO
Transit achieve the LEED Gold certification.
LEED® Canada is a third-party certification program and an
internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and
operation of high performance green buildings. The standards and the
certification process are set out and administered by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The building's owners first register the project and then
apply for LEED certification once the project is complete.
Metrolinx is working to provide residents and businesses in the Greater
Toronto and Hamilton Area with a transportation system that is modern,
efficient and integrated.
Find out more about GO Transit and The Big Move, Metrolinx's Regional
Transportation Plan for the GTHA, at www.metrolinx.com.
SOURCE: GO Transit