January 22, 2016

Saskatchewan Brings Home Environmental Gold

The Ministry of Central Services has received its first-ever LEED® Gold certification under the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, administered by the Canada Green Building Council, for the Tamarack building at the Pine Grove Correctional facility.

“This project demonstrates the governments’commitment to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and our dedication to environmental sustainability in the construction and renovation of the province’s facilities,” Central Services Minister Jennifer Campeau said.  “I’m very pleased of the work that went into seeing this facility attain executive government's first-ever LEED Gold certification and I would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts.”

The new Tamarack Building at the Pine Grove Women’s Correctional facility in Prince Albert was awarded a Gold certification in December of 2015.  The LEED green building rating system is used worldwide to recognize building projects that are environmentally responsible and energy efficient, among their many attributes.  The Tamarack Building at Pine Grove was awarded LEED Gold certification for a variety of its environmental benefits aimed at reducing water and energy consumption.

Sustainable highlights include:

  • A unique rain water collection system that stores and uses rain water for toilets and irrigation, reducing the use of fresh water for the facility.
  • Water efficient landscaping that is drought-resistant and allows for reduced watering.
  • Water efficient fixtures and features that allow the facility to use 49 per cent less potable water than the baseline LEED average for the National Model for a Correctional Building.
  • Seventy-one per cent of the building’s electricity requirements over a two-year period will be green power from renewable energy resources.
  • Energy efficient features that allow the facility to use 56 per cent less energy than the baseline LEED average for the National Model for a Correctional Building.
  • More than 87 per cent of waste from demolition and construction was recycled.
  • Construction materials used for the project contained 32 per cent recycled content.

Translated into everyday usage, water savings would be equal to the annual water usage of 7.5 average Canadian homes and energy savings would be equal to the annual energy usage of 30 average Canadian homes.

“We are very excited about the LEED Gold certification for Pine Grove,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “Like our Police and Crisis Team program and recent data analytics announcement, the design of this building is another example of the innovation our province is using within our corrections system.”

 “Congratulations to the Government of Saskatchewan on achieving LEED Gold certification for the Pine Grove Correctional facility,” Canada Green Building Council President and CEO Thomas Mueller said.  “Green buildings reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.  By committing to greening its provincial infrastructure, the Government of Saskatchewan is setting a strong example for local industry, and showing leadership to its citizens.”

The government has seven buildings certified or registered under the LEED rating system.  A further 27 buildings have been certified or pending certification under the BOMA BESt (Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada – Building Environmental Standards) program, which recognizes green operation and maintenance practices for buildings.  One building has also been certified under the Green Globes program for environmental design.