Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) in Bruce County, western Ontario, Canada, has secured LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council.
The new facility, opened in June 2010, minimises the use of energy and water, offering better lighting and air quality than a standard building, centre officials said.
The project includes bike racks, prime carpooling and hybrid vehicle parking spots and has dedicated about 9,950m² of open green space that is protected from future development.
During the construction of the new facility, recyclable and reusable materials were separated from waste at the site, diverting 73% of waste from the landfill.
The sustainable features in the building include in-ground cisterns to collect water for re-use in the irrigation system and energy-saving devices include a ground source heat pump and a solar hot water heater.
In addition, the facility achieves indoor air quality through the use of low-VOC (volatile organic compound) sealants, adhesives and paint and it incorporates occupancy sensors to activate lighting only in occupied areas or in insufficient daylight.