The Earth Rangers have gone from gold to platinum, after being awarded LEED Platinum certification by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), through the LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) green building rating system for its Earth Rangers Centre in Woodbridge, Ont.
The facility obtained LEED Gold for New Construction certification from the CaGBC in 2004.
The centre, which houses the Earth Rangers’ Animal Ambassadors and staff, scored 92 out of 110 possible points, making it the highest scoring LEED EB building in Canada.
The building’s features include: solar photovoltaic generation, on-site wastewater treatment, earth tubes, solar hot water, stormwater control, geothermal heating and cooling and vegetated green roofs.
Some of the facility’s achievements include: 1.5 million litres of water recycled in 2011; 130,000 kWh of annual solar energy generation; energy consumption 83 per cent below code baseline; 100 per cent of power supplied comes from renewables or low impact hydroelectric generation sources; 80 per cent diversion of waste from landfills; all cleaning products meet green cleaning standards and more.
To take an online tour of the facility, click here.
Source: Earth Rangers