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Green Buildings and Sustainable Infrastructure for the Canadian Forces



Title: Green Buildings and Sustainable Infrastructure for the Canadian Forces
Author(s): N. VLACHOPOULOS, S. VARDY, E.M. SKORDAKI, T. BASSO
Paper category : conference
Book title: 2nd International Conference on Waste Engineering and Management - ICWEM 2010
Editor(s): J.Zh. Xiao, Y. Zhang, M.S. Cheung and Reuben P. K. Chu
Print-ISBN: 978-2-35158-102-5
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-103-2
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2010
Pages: 215 - 225
Total Pages: 11
Nb references: 7
Language: English


Abstract: With concern growing in regards to global warming and the depletion of the Earth’s resources, a new focus on environmental sustainability has arisen throughout the world. Continued technological advancements and population growth are resulting in more of a strain on our fragile planet. The results of anthropogenic activities are becoming more evident as resources are being depleted and the requirements for energy are ever increasing. These consequences can no longer be ignored and it is up to all sectors of society to make changes towards a more sustainable future.
The purpose of this paper is to highlight the guidance provided to the Canadian Department of Defense (DND) and the Canadian Forces (CF) on the implementation of appropriate green building strategies for new construction and large renovation projects (with a focus on an arctic region) which focus on meeting the various LEED criteria (as well as other accredited standards and guidelines). This investigation serves as a common point of reference for DND in support of the 2006 DND Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) and achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation. It also provided direct, hard engineering guidelines and advice on future / current design of green buildings for the CF (RMC Green Team, 2010a, 2010b). The 2006 DND SDS calls for the integration of green building techniques and technologies into the total building design process by ensuring a percentage of all new building projects incorporate green building concepts. The incorporation of green building concepts is potentially quantified by use of the LEED rating system. DND has embarked to construct such LEED-accredited buildings, however, true quantification of the expected results and cost savings have not been achieved to date. The focus of this review is on current green building techniques and technologies which are most applicable to achieving specific LEED objectives.


Online publication: 2011-01-25
Publication type : full_text
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