National Bank awarded first LEED Canada-CI Gold Certification for the design of a branch

National Bank awarded first LEED Canada-CI Gold Certification for the design of a branch

National Bank has been awarded LEED Canada CI-Gold certification for the first time for the interior design of a branch in the borough of Beauport in Quebec City.

LEED Canada CI-Gold Certification
The LEED Canada-CI (CI stands for Commercial Interiors) Gold certification is the third level of certification awarded by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

The Council’s mission is to lead and accelerate the transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes and communities throughout Canada.

“We are proud to receive this certification, and I would like to thank the team that worked on this project. Over the years, the Bank has developed a building standards guide, with strict guidelines inspired by the LEED building rating systems, that is now used for all our projects. In fact, a branch in the borough of Lachine in Montreal has previously been awarded LEED-CI Silver certification,” stated Kathleen Zicat,  Senior Vice-President – Personal Banking, Quebec.

High environmental quality building
Every stage of the project, from design to execution, is geared toward achieving LEED-CI certification. The Beauport branch’s certification stands out for such features as:

– Three charging stations for electric vehicles
– Solar panels on the roof of the building preheat incoming fresh air
– 75% of construction waste was recovered and diverted from landfills
– Low volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting materials were used in the construction
(adhesives, sealants, paints, carpets)
– The construction materials used were 20% recycled and 20% locally manufactured
– Heat recovery ventilator that recovers energy from exhaust air

About LEED
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a North American green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998. A building can be rated one of four levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

Evaluation criteria include: energy efficiency, water efficiency, heating efficiency, location of construction project, use of locally-produced materials and re-use of surplus materials.

See also:
National Bank Awarded Second LEED Canada-CI Gold Certification for the Design of a Branch in Sherbrooke

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