Council mulls City’s green policy on new fire hall


Photo: Fort St. John City Councilors discuss agenda items at City Hall on Monday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

 

By Christine Rumleskie

 

Fort St. John City Councilors are trying to decide if they should enforce the City’s LEED Certification Policy.

At the City Council meeting on Monday, Councilors listened to plans for the City’s new fire hall.

It was explained that it would cost more than $86,000 for the building to become Gold Certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED).

In November 2009, the City introduced a policy, which essentially says all future municipal buildings will be LEED certified.

But on Monday, City Manager Dianne Hunter explained the City’s intent was to build future facilities in a greener fashion.

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However, it clearly indicates under the policy’s requirements that effective November 23rd, 2009, all newly constructed buildings with a footprint greater than 100 square meters must be designed, delivered, and certified by the Canada Green Building Council as being LEED – Canada "Certified" at minimum.

The new fire hall will be more than 2,000 square meters in size.

Mayor Bruce Lantz says the new fire hall could incorporate LEED requirements, without actually getting the certification.

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The certification process is always done by a third party, and determines how "green" a building is. The City cannot self-certify its municipal buildings.

City Manager Dianne Hunter says there’s a way around the issue, and the fire hall could simply be called "LEED-like".

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After the policy was adopted in November, the City sent out a notice to the public saying that the new fire hall would be the first capital project that will incorporate the LEED certification.

Back in November, Hunter said even though it costs more to be LEED certified, the extra costs will be recovered within a few years of the facility’s operation.

Councilors still have time to decide whether or not they will enforce the city’s LEED Certification Policy for the new fire hall.

 

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