Sustainable Construction Initiatives in the City of Edmonton: A Green Buildings Saga

Jonathan Brun

Join the environmental construction movement with these simple checklists!

In 2011, the City of Edmonton began its sustainable building initiative. Starting with the development of a new environmental sustainability policy for its public schools and the Station Pointe Project.

Edmonton public schools have since then embraced the responsibility to make environmentally conscious decisions by following LEED design practices, retrofitting plumbing/electrical systems, and encouraging environmental education through learning programs.

In fact, Edmonton’s Queen Elizabeth High School currently remains tied for first place as ‘Canada’s Greenest School’. For more information click here.

Station Pointe began when the Communitas Group $481,000 federal research grant to build energy-efficient, affordable housing in Edmonton. Currently undergoing construction, Station Pointe Village will be Edmonton’s first multi-generational, age in place, open market development. The project is designed to accommodate diverse households, and consists of at least 80% post-recycled material. Communitas aims to evolve current sustainable building practices, with a target of a 75-per-cent reduction of energy use in comparison to traditional buildings.

Interested in following a similar eco-construction path?

These three sustainable building checklists will help you assess your Green Home/Condo, and Environmental Construction Operations; useful for green designers, contractors, and urban planners: