The Fredericton Convention Centre (FCC) has been designed and built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) silver standards. LEED provides quality assurance that a project meets baseline green building requirements.
What is LEED?
LEED is a voluntary rating system that focuses on five (5) main categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality, with a supplemental category called Innovation in Design. LEED has various thresholds of environmental performance ranging from certified to silver, gold and platinum. The FCC has been designed to meet a minimum of LEED Canada NC v1.1 Silver. Certification will take place within the coming years.
The Fredericton Convention Centre (FCC) has taken many steps to meet LEED standards. Highlights include:
- A central location which decreases the dependence on cars while protecting wildlife from the effects of sprawl development
- Secure bike storage and changing rooms
- Capturing storm water in a rainwater cistern and using it for flushing low-flow toilets, resulting in a 95% reduction in municipal water consumption
- A reflective roof membrane, as well as covered parking, reducing the effect of ‘heat islands’
- Fixtures with lower intensity reduce unnecessary light reflection and decrease energy consumption
- Interior paints, sealants, adhesives, and coatings were chosen to be of low VOC (volatile organic compounds) content, to help create a healthy indoor environment