LEED / Green Building
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and Sustainable Construction Experience
Staying In The LEED
We are proud to among the leaders in embracing and adopting green building practices, known as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Green buildings, or sustainable buildings, use construction practices and materials that reduce their footprint on our planet. Their construction goes beyond the Building Code to conserve valuable resources such as energy, water, materials and land.
The issue is not going away, but rather has become a high priority and will continue to grow in importance - whether due to regulatory requirements, the rising cost of energy, the impact of construction on storm water and wetlands, spills and diesel emissions from construction, construction and demolition debris, the impact on habitat and endangered species, sprawl and air quality implementation plans or other issues.
LEED is not only the right thing to do for future generations, but the proof is evident that companies save money through efficiencies and better built facilities. Adherence to LEED ensures facilities are designed, constructed, and operated effectively by focusing the design and construction team on operating life cycle costs, not initial construction costs.
LEED provides a menu of green building measures in the five following catergories:
- Sustainable sites
- Water efficiency
- Energy and atmosphere
- Materials and resources
- Indoor environmental quality
Once built, the company receives a LEED certification in Silver, Gold or Platinum based on the total number of points earned on a menu of green building measures. Certification alone is a powerful marketing tool, identifying the owner as a progressive partner in reducing industry's impact on the environment and giving those firms a competitive edge in a marketplace where demand for greening is growing.
Melloul-Blamey has developed the critical expertise required in the LEED certification process. Just knowing how to design a green building is not enough. Careful records need to be assembled and maintained to document the building's compliance with LEED requirements; new construction methods are required to meet stringent specifications at a reasonable cost; high recycling rates must be achieved; knowledge of the numerous materials that are renewable, contain recycled content and emit low VOCs; and assist project teams to identify all the elements to achieve a project's LEED goals.
At Melloul-Blamey we care about the environment and what kind of world we are leaving for future generations. And that means taking the lead in LEED.
Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. prides itself in being an industry leader in many aspects, including our on going commitment to the use of products and systems that have a "Green" designation. Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. is a proud member of the Canadian Green Building Council's and supports their efforts to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and are healthy places to live and work.
Some examples of our experience in Green Buildings are as follows:
Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. has recently completed the new headquarters for Spheral Solar Power ( a division of ATS ) and have incorporated Solar Power Energy into the building. We have completed the design stage of an additional project with Spheral Solar Power acting as our consultant.
Green Roof Technology
Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. has work with a major supplier of roofing material to prepare the design and costs of projects to receive a new Green Roof. Essentially a Green Roof is an inverted roof system that has a growing medium on top.
Green Building Materials
Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. has always tried to incorporate recycled materials into our projects, from recycled asphalt parking areas to a deck constructed from recycled plastic; this typically does not add extra costs to the project. A unique example of this would be at The City of Waterloo, Grey Silo Clubhouse, where we installed recycled hardwood flooring from the original Waterloo Arena.
Our firm recognizes that the construction industry is one of the largest producers of waste that is taken to the land fill. To ensure that we do our part, our sites minimize the amount of material ordered to ensure that no left over material will be sent to the land fill, if we do have extra material we will attempt to donate the surplus to Habitat. In addition to our controlled ordering, Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. has implemented a waste management program to collect recyclable material, as well as landfill garbage.
Open bins for wood and steel have been positioned in areas designated by Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. to collect these recyclable materials. These bins must be used for the designated materials only. The bins must not be contaminated by any other type of waste material.
Blue curbside recycle boxes will be distributed to all trailers for pickup of cans and paper. The drop off depot for these containers is located by the Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. site office.
Energy Saving/Efficient Systems
The mechanical and electrical systems that are incorporated into modern buildings can be design to achieve the highest possible efficiency in conjunction with the other building elements such as building envelope. We have completed numerous municipal projects that demand these cost saving energy efficient designs.
In order to be successful in greening a commercial construction project, a commitment must be made by all parties involved; we have the knowledge and experience to give our commitment to a green project.
Current or completed LEED Projects include:
| Platinum|| A Grander View - Enermodal Engineering, Kitchener, ON|
| Gold||Google - Tenant Improvement, Kitchener, ON|
Walkerton Clean Water Centre, Walkerton, ON
Waterloo Regional Police Services, Cambridge, ON
Aecom (LEED C.I.), Kitchener, ON
| Silver||Georgetown Library, Georgetown, ON |
Chartwell Seniors Housing, Aylmer, ON
Chartwell Seniors Housing, Parkhill, ON
Acton Library, Acton, ON
Waterloo Fire Station No.4, Waterloo, ON
Northfield Office Campus, Building 1(A), Waterloo, ON
Consolidated Maintenance Facility, Kitchener, ON
Springwater Township Admin. Building, Midhurst, ON
Region of Waterloo Mannheim Water Treatment Plant, Mannheim, ON
Waterloo North Hydro, Waterloo, ON
| Certified ||Northfield Office Campus, Bldg 3(B), Waterloo, ON|
Northfield Office Campus, Bldg C, Waterloo, ON
Northfield Office Campus, Bldg D, Waterloo, ON
Sportsworld Crossing, Kitchener, ON