CFN – OPG celebrated winning Gold Certification in it’s first LEED award for the OPG Visitor Centre in Cornwall Ontario!
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is awarded its first LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) for the St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre, located outside of Cornwall’s RH Saunders Generating Station.
Rick Taylor Architect
To reach this distinction, OPG ensured that efficiency and environmental sustainability was part of design and construction decisions, including selecting a sustainable site, recycling construction material and using ground source heat which pumps heat to or
from the ground. Additionally, the Centre is accessible by bike paths and is equipped with bike racks and charging stations for electric cars.
“Earning this certification is in line with OPG’s commitment to the environment and sustainable construction,” said Bruce Robertson, Plant Manager, RH Saunders Generating Station. “We are very proud of the building and are happy with what we’ve achieved.”
The Centre is a free to the public learning facility that features interactive exhibits about electricity production and the fascinating history of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project. The Centre officially opened in August 2010.
Check out the video on the Visitor Centre produced by local Video House KAV Productions
Visit www.opg.com/visitorcentre for more information about the St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre.
LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their building’s performance. LEED promotes a whole building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development; water efficiency; energy efficiency; materials selection; indoor environmental quality.