Executive Council
June 2, 2017

Provincial Government Recognized for National Leadership in Promoting Sustainable Building Practices

On May 31 the Canadian Green Building Council presented the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador with its Government Leadership Award. The award recognizes government’s work within the public sector to effect change and improve performance in sustainable building practices.

In recent years the Provincial Government has worked with industry to accelerate sustainable building practices in the public sector. Initiatives include an emphasis on striving for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver status in provincially-funded buildings and renovations. In 2016, seven projects were registered as pursuing the LEED certification, including six in the municipal sector and one at Memorial University. Government also attained LEED Silver status for the Lewisporte Community Health facility in May 2017 and for the Memorial University Faculty of Medicine Expansion and the Centre for Human Genetics in February 2017.

The Provincial Government has also developed technical guides on constructing energy efficient homes, small buildings and larger commercial buildings, and has delivered in-person and webinar training to over 230 construction industry professionals.

The Government Leadership Award recognizes an individual, team, department or organization that has developed policies and/or programs to advance green building in Canada. The award denotes leadership in effecting change within the public sector in sustainable building practices.

“The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador strives to be a national leader in sustainable building practices, and this award recognizes our progress in this area. We have created progressive policies for LEED Certification in Government funded and constructed building projects, and will continue to work with municipalities, the building construction industry and partners to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Climate change is a shared challenge that requires governments, businesses, industries, communities and individuals to all play a role.”
Honourable Perry Trimper
Minister Responsible for Office of Climate Change

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Learn more
CaGBC Leadership Awards - www.cagbc.org/News/EN/2017/20170601_News_Release.aspx external link

Turn Back the Tide – turnbackthetide.ca external link

Guide to Building Energy Efficiency Homes and Small Buildings – www.exec.gov.nl.ca/exec/occ/publications/efficient_home_building_guide.pdf PDF

Guide to Better Building Envelopes for Large Buildings – www.exec.gov.nl.ca/exec/occ/publications/building_envelopes_large_buildings.pdf PDF

Guide to Implementing the Build Better Buildings Policy – www.turnbackthetide.ca/files/resources/bbb_implementation.pdf PDF

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Media contact
Gina MacArthur
Office of Climate Change
709-729-4748, 730-2977

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