The project for the expansion of the Sainte-Justine university hospital centre (CHU Sainte-Justine), dubbed “Growing Up Healthy” (Grandir en Santé), has been awarded LEED NC 2009 Gold certification, which recognizes exemplary practices in the development of a sustainable building. The certification is a fitting reward for the efforts expended by the entire team of professionals who worked tirelessly on the project in order to design a quality building that enables occupants to decompress and relax during their convalescence.
The project incorporated numerous measures intended to satisfy Gold certification standards, including :
- A combination green and white roof that diminishes the effects of heat islands and increases the quality of views for the occupants ;
- Safe parking areas for bicycles, and locker rooms that encourage active forms of transportation ;
- Landscaping that features a wide diversity of species and that requires little watering ;
- Reduced potable water consumption thanks to low-flow plumbing fixtures ;
- Substantial energy savings thanks to an energy-efficient envelope, heat recovery and a monitoring and verification plan for the mechanical and electrical systems ;
- An updated policy on the collection and storage of recyclables ;
- Implementation of an eco-friendly cleaning policy to reduce occupants’ exposure to substances that are harmful to their health ;
- Spaces designed to maximize the presence of natural light and views to the exterior.
This certification is consistent with the CHU Sainte-Justine’s commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen, notably through the use of sound environmental practices.