Photo: Councilor Dan Davies (far left) discusses agenda items at the city council meeting on Monday night. Councilor Trevor Bolin (middle) and Mayor Bruce Lantz (right) listen in- Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca
The next newly-constructed Fort St. John municipal building will be certified with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
City Council voted to adopt a policy on Monday, that would LEED certify city owned facilities like arenas and water treatment plants.
But the policy only covers buildings that will be constructed in the future.
Mayor Bruce Lantz says it’s a step in the right direction.
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There are different levels of LEED certification, such as silver, gold and platinum. The higher the certification (like gold), the more expensive it will be to construct the building.
So, the City left some ‘wiggle room’, so that different buildings will achieve different certification levels.
City Manager, Dianne Hunter, says extra costs will be recovered within a few years of the facility’s operation.
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The city cannot self-certify a new facility; a third party must inspect the building and award the certification.
A report submitted to city council outlines that in the past, there was little attention paid during the design process of municipal buildings, to incorporate green elements.
City councilors voted unanimously to adopt the new policy.