The Fredericton Convention Centre (FCC) has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) silver certification standards. LEED provides quality assurance that a project meets baseline green building requirements.
Commercial and institutional buildings in Canada are responsible for over 35% of the energy used nationally. By reducing the quantity of raw materials that are extracted for use in building construction, reducing water consumption, selecting appropriate building locations, and improving the indoor environmental quality of buildings, we can improve design and create healthier, more environmentally responsible buildings.
The FCC has done all of that and more. Here are some highlights:
- Our central location reduces dependence on cars and protects wildlife from the effects of sprawl development
- Captured storm water is recycled for use in low flow toilets, resulting in a 95% reduction in municipal water consumption
- A reflective roof membrane, as well as covered parking, reduces the effect of ‘heat islands’
- Low-intensity fixtures reduce unnecessary light reflection and decrease energy consumption
- We time light and escalator use to each event schedule to conserve energy
Attention to the environment was carefully considered during the construction phase:
- Care was taken to sort the construction waste and items sent to recycling facilities, including metal, cardboard and gypsum-board drywall
- The FCC used materials that include recycled steel content in rebar and structural steel sections, fly-ash (a reclaimed by-product of the coal fired generating stations) in the concrete, gypsum board, carpet flooring and ceiling tiles
- Using regional materials from local manufacturers not only helps support local industry, but reduces the carbon footprint of transporting materials. When possible, the FCC sourced materials that were extracted, processed and manufactured within 800 km by road or 2,400 km by rail or water. Locally sourced materials include: gravel and crushed stone, asphalt, certain concrete products, gypsum wallboard and wood products
- Priority was given to maintaining indoor air quality for construction workers and future occupants. This was achieved by protecting the ductwork by sealing open ends and installing filtration media to capture dust in the ventilation system, and flushing out the building with fresh air prior to occupancy. In addition, building materials were protected from moisture damage that could potentially result in mold growth
- All the interior paints, sealants, adhesives, and coatings in the FCC were chosen to be of low VOC content, to help create a healthy indoor environment
- The FCC uses no products that contain added urea-formaldehyde
- Carpets are also known to produce harmful off-gases. The FCC uses flooring that meets the requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Indoor Air Quality Test Program