Halton Healthcare is pleased to announce that Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) has attained the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification for new construction with the Canada Green Building Council. LEED® is a nationally recognized certification program for the design, operation and construction of high performance green buildings, granted to those which maintain a healthy indoor environment, operate with reduced greenhouse gas emissions and use energy efficiently.
The 1.6 million square foot facility, which opened on December 13, 2015, received Gold certification after earning 39 credits in the green building rating system. LEED® buildings are certified within four levels; gold is the second highest level of achievement.
“Based on input we received from the community early in the planning process, we wanted to create a facility that balances the efficient use of resources with the best care for our patients. From the very beginning, we were committed to pursuing sustainable design strategies, with a goal to achieve a minimum LEED® Silver rating. We are pleased to have surpassed our original goal by meeting the requirements to achieve Gold certification,” said Bill Bailey, Halton Healthcare’s Vice President of Redevelopment. “Conserving environmental resources while creating state-of-the-art healing environments for patients and their families was very important to the whole team and we are extremely proud to be recognized as leaders in sustainability and green building.”
Gold certification reflects the considerable energy efficiency and sustainable features that went into the design and construction of the new OTMH, including:
- More than 75 per cent of construction waste diverted from landfill
- High efficiency faucets, toilets, showers and urinals installed to reduce water consumption
- Low-VOC materials including paints, adhesives, coatings, sealants and flooring
- Mechanical systems that do not use ozone depleting refrigerants to cool the building
- Designed to promote public transit, cycling and alternative fuel vehicles