Environmentally conscious buildings in Edmonton
Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel is the face behind the city’s green urban planning initiatives. His dedication to improving the Capital Region’s infrastructure is evident through Edmonton’s multiple redevelopment plans.Through modifications to procedures by the City administration, Edmonton has connected with internal and external architectural firms for the careful design of new city structures. Working with the Edmonton Design Committee, architectural firms, as well as the Edmonton Arts Council, local design standards were raised. New city projects also received an incorporation of public art. Yet not all infrastructure developments are destined for Edmonton’s downtown core.
Numerous suburban projects were also approved in hopes of enhancing local neighbourhoods, beginning with a series of multipurpose recreational facilities. Scheduled to open in 2014, The Meadows Community Recreation Centre & The Meadows Library will feature a massive facility with indoor and outdoor recreational services for residents in the Silver Berry neighbourhood and surrounding area. The recreational centre will be open year-round and is being constructed with the use of natural materials. Edmonton’s incorporation of natural materials are largely due to Mayor Stephen Mandel’s push for environmentally friendly buildings aimed at LEED Silver or more certification.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The green building rating system was originally developed in the U.S., yet has been adopted by Canadians as a way to recognize and assess the environmental sustainability found in new structures. LEED has seven topic areas with 110 possible points awarded: Site Development, Water Efficiency, Material Selection, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design and Regional Priority. A designer’s building is awarded a Silver performance rating, if they receive 50 to 59 points.
Edmonton’s commitment to environmental stewardship is a prime example of the urban revitalization and growth city residents will witness in the years to come. These structural amenities and their features will enhance the already attractive Edmonton real estate market. If you are searching for an Edmonton home near any of the future real estate hot spots, contact Terry Paranych. With years of industry experience, he can help you buy or sell your Edmonton home.