The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver status plaque was unveiled at the Garry W. Morden Centre (GWMC), today. It is the first LEED City facility in Mississauga and was built to target the LEED Silver standard. The building was constructed in partnership with the Department of National Defence and Peel Regional Police.
The centre incorporates radiant heating in the garage bays, an energy efficient HVAC system, low consumption water fixtures, air quality monitoring stations. The site also incorporates a driver training track used by Peel Regional Police as well as the Mississauga Fire Mechanical Division.
“I hope that other municipalities will follow in our footsteps and make building environmentally friendly buildings a priority moving forward. Receiving this plaque on Earth Day is so timely and demonstrates one of the many initiatives we have in place to support our strategic priority of living green,” says Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito.
“Achieving LEED status for the Garry W. Morden Centre demonstrates the City’s commitment to living green. Being recognized as a leader and an active participant in the green building movement supports our goal of saving energy and contributing to a healthier environment,” says Jayne Holmes, Manager, Facilities Planning and Development.
The building is used by the City of Mississauga’s Fire and Emergency Services for training in fire suppression, hazardous materials, trench rescue and auto extrication. The facility is also used for a range of other types of training for City staff as well as outside agencies and private corporations.
- The Garry W. Morden Centre (GWMC) is the first LEED building built by the City of Mississauga. It received Silver LEED status on February 13, 2014. It was built on 37 acres in the north-west corner of the city.
- LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. Sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality are all aspects of LEED design.
- The GWMC was named for the City’s former Fire Chief Garry Morden, who contributed much of his time and effort towards making the training centre a reality in his final years as Fire Chief. Chief Morden passed away in 2008.
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