Last Friday I started my new, weekly LEED roundup.  The first installment included an historic building that was originally built in 1865.  The building underwent a green renovation and managed to achieve LEED Platinum certification.  This week, I spotlight a green certified project from our neighbors to the north and a childcare center at the SEC.

Upper River Valley Hospital – New Brunswick

The Upper River Valley Hospital in Waterville, New Brunswick is the first full-service hospital in Canada to receive LEED certification by the Canada Green Building Council. 

“The hospital was designed to rely heavily on natural light, use high-performance windows, collect rainwater and store it for use in the facility's toilets, and a number of other green features were also implemented.” Source: The Daily Gleaner

The article in The Daily Gleaner also reports that the facility consumes 34% less facility than a similarly designed non-green building.

SEC Child Development Center – Washington, DC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been making the news quite a bit lately – usually along side Ponzi schemer Bernie Maddof stories.  However, the SEC had a bit of good news to share this week – a LEED Gold certification.

The SEC corporate headquarters in Washington, DC has an onsite child care center called The Harbor at Station Place.  The center was built last year and just this week, it earned LEED Gold certification.

"To create a true learning environment for our future generation, we needed to do so by example," said Cathy English, the SEC's Assistant Director for Real Property and Facilities Support, who oversees SEC building projects. "The center was constructed using sustainable design criteria, more than 75 percent of the renovated building materials were reused, and remaining materials were primarily purchased from local businesses within a 500-mile radius to eliminate unnecessary fuel consumption and minimize pollution. This is an excellent way for us to demonstrate to our children that we can all be environmental stewards and provide eco-friendly surroundings." Source: SEC

These were just two of the many projects around the world that received green building certification this week.  Check back next Friday for the next installment in my weekly LEED roundup series.

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