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For Immediate Release | April 05, 2017

Building a More Sustainable Future

St. Albert City Council Approves Sustainable Buildings Policy

A new Sustainable Buildings Policy for St. Albert is putting a focus on buildings that are environmentally-responsible, resource-efficient and accessible for all members of the community.

The policy, which was approved by St. Albert City Council on April 3, 2017, establishes guidelines for the sustainable management of City buildings and provides a framework for the planning, construction, renovation and operations of community, corporate and utility buildings.

“St. Albert, as the Botanical Arts City, truly embodies a sustainable living philosophy,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse. “This policy demonstrates the City’s leadership in sustainable building and recognizes the impact the built environment has on the environmental, economic, cultural and social pillars of the community.”

Highlights of the Sustainable Buildings Policy include:

  • The City will use an industry recognized standard third-party verified green rating certification.
  • City buildings shall be designed to optimize energy performance and limit greenhouse gas emissions, with an evaluation of on-site renewable energy.
  • City buildings shall, where possible, incorporate Universal Accessibility to ensure City buildings are accessible for all members of the community.
  • City buildings shall be built with a Sustainable Return on Investment that ensures fiscal spending with a view toward long-term economic sustainability in operations and maintenance.
  • City buildings shall incorporate technology that supports resource efficiency, enables automation and centralized control, assists with performance monitoring and communication, and supports the transfer of data.

Click on the backgrounder for the complete Sustainable Buildings Service Standards.

The first application of the Sustainable Buildings Policy will be for the new Branch Library. 

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