The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has awarded LEED Silver to the City of Surrey’s Operations Centre. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) is a green building rating system that is used in over 160 countries. Binnie was the civil engineer for the Operations Centre, working with the architect to design and construct a building that would serve the growing City staff long into the future.
The centre, which opened in June 2016, was designed with nearby residents in mind. The architects took care in designing a more aesthetically-pleasing works yard, using innovative design such as bi-fold doors (as seen on aircraft hangars) on the fleet maintenance building. Read more about the architecture here.
According to the LEED score card, the City of Surrey’s Operations Centre has achieved high scores in the categories of Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, and Regional Priority. To achieve this, the architects implemented such measures as optimizing energy performance, using low-emitting materials in paints and flooring, and managing waste during construction of the building.
Did you know? Canada has the second highest number of green buildings in the world. Since 2004, the CaGBC has certified over 2,800 LEED buildings in Canada and registered over 5,000. Binnie is proud to have served as the civil engineer for many LEED buildings in British Columbia.