The RECC was certified LEED SILVER on September 3, 2015!
Since the early planning phases of the project, environmental stewardship, sustainable design, and the need / ability to reduce the Rath Eastlink Community Centre’s "carbon footprint" has been a top priority of the Project Steering Committee. The movement towards "green" buildings is a responsible path that can yield environmental and financial benefits, particularly in regards to long term operating costs. To achieve these benefits, every effort is being made to design the RECC to meet the LEED ® SILVER Designation. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building is designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in areas such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
LEED ® is based on a number of credits or measures where targets are identified and set for the main environmental issues. Some of the initiatives that the RECC will need to focus on to ensure that the facility is the most environmentally friendly building possible include:
- Energy Efficient and Optimized Performance - 50% more energy efficient than a standard building done with sensible energy efficient design measures including but not limited to: low-e argon windows in thermally improved frames; daylighting sensors; inclusion of the geo-thermal Cimco Eco Chill Thermal Heat Pump system in the arena; heat recovery on ventilation air. All of these measures are important aspects of a green building as they provide the opportunity for one third to one half reductions in carbon emissions and savings on utility bills.
- Bike racks - To promote good health for the public and promote green modes of transportation
- Water Use - All fixtures in the washrooms will be low flow and will have automatic controls where possible. The landscaping design will encourage low water use.
- Recycling in three ways–
- Physical materials for construction will have as much recyclable content as possible.
- During construction a waste management plan has been implemented in an effort to divert a minimum of 75% of construction waste from the landfill.
- An easily accessible area for the collection and storage of recycling materials will be incorporated in the facility.
- Healthy Environment- The Centre will ensure a healthy environment for operations in two specific ways:
- Specify and select materials that do not contain harmful chemicals and
- ensure the efficient balance of circulating fresh air and natural daylight entering the facility.
The above listed components are only a small sample of the requirements needed for the LEED® SILVER certification.
Jointly owned by the Town of Truro and the County of Colchester, the RECC is the first LEED® certified building in Central Nova Scotia. It is envisioned that the RECC will become a local showcase for some of the most current applications and leading edge approaches of energy conservation, building technology, and architectural design.