The Fredericton Convention Centre (FCC) has been designed and built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) certification 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 LEED Canada NC certification standards. 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