What is a green building?
Green buildings integrate environmental and social goals into their construction and operation.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the Canada Green Building Council is perhaps the best-known standard for green buildings. LEED buildings incorporate set criteria to achieve ascending levels of certification: LEED Certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold and LEED Platinum.
A green building incorporates sustainable features that shrink its ecological footprint including:
- Alternative energy sources such as solar, geothermal or wind technologies
- LED lighting
- Power bars on all appliances
- Natural light maximization
- Waste management through composting and/or recycling
- Minimal resource use
- Low flow, sensored fixtures or dual flush toilets
- Waterless urinals and aerators on faucets
- Components made of renewable, local and/or recycled materials
Sustainable Living – Building a greener Oakville
Sustainable Living – Building a greener Oakville (pdf, 9.7 MB) is the town's first green building book. It profiles over 30 structures in Oakville in the commercial, industrial, residential and institutional sectors that are designed or built to LEED certification or incorporate sustainable and/or green features that reduce their ecological footprint.
The book also includes information on community leadership projects (including sustainable features on buildings, natural landscapes such as Oakville's trail system, LED lighting projects, greenroofs, etc.) and some proposed buildings.
- View the town's Sustainable Building Design Procedure