Quebec Gains Amazing Green Building

New and notable in green building in Canada is Quebec’s Centre for Sustainable Development, the first commercial building in the downtown core of a major Canadian city to seek LEED Platinum certification in the category of new construction. Inaugurated recently with a ceremony featuring local green luminaries, the project, located in the heart of Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles, aims to be an environmental and technological showcase where organizations can meet and share ideas with the public.

The  $27-million center was designed by Menkes Shooner Dagenais Letourneux Architects and features a plethora of green build components, including a geothermal heating and cooling system, a high-performance thermal envelope, triple-pane windows, and an extensive green roof. LEED Platinum requirements were surpassed by the inclusion of, among other things, a “living wall,” and by using wood recovered from river bottoms to cover the railings on the staircase and the landing.

Center for Sustainable Development, Quebec

image via Center for Sustainable Development

And, to give you an idea of how serious they are seeing this green building as being, consider the line up of events happening there in coming months: Interactive Sustainability for Leaders course by Natural Step Canada, the Provincial Climate Leadership Conference (Climate Action Network Canada), an awareness-raising event for Quebec businesses (1% for the Planet), and Amnesty International’s letter-writing marathon on International Human Rights Day.

“The Centre for Sustainable Development is one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in Quebec,” said center chair chair Sidney Ribaux, in a statement. Mr. Ribaux is also the executive director of Équiterre, one of the partners in this project, which includes the French-Canadian Amnesty International Division, Le Petit réseau daycare, the Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal, ENvironnement JEUnesse, Option consommateurs, the Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l’environnement du Québec and Vivre en Ville.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.