Town of Oakville recognized for commitment to sustainable building design

Fri, 25 Oct 2019

The town’s long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability has been recognized once again by the Canada Green Building Council, with the achievement of LEED Silver certification for the Trafalgar Park site, home to the Trafalgar Park Community Centre and Fire Station #3.

This latest certification is the fifth time that Oakville has achieved a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Sixteen Mile Sports Complex was awarded Gold certification in 2012, with Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural and Community Centre and Oakville Transit achieving Silver certification in 2014. The North Operations Depot was LEED Silver certified in 2016.

“Achieving LEED Silver certification for the Trafalgar Park site highlights the importance Town Council places on reducing our environmental footprint by designing facilities that are energy efficient and environmentally-friendly,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Environmental sustainability continues to be an area of focus for Town Council in moving our vision forward to be the most livable town in Canada.”

Trafalgar Park Community Centre, located at 133 Rebecca Street, officially opened to the public in September 2018. The 65,000 square-foot facility features an NHL-size ice surface, public meeting space, fitness centre, full-size gymnasium, indoor walking track, fully accessible outdoor playground and tennis courts that are converted into an artificial outdoor rink in the winter. It also includes an older adults centre that replaces the former Oakville Seniors Centre on Kerr Street.

Fire Station #3, located next to the community centre at 168 Kerr Street also opened in September 2018. It includes four drive-thru bays housing a fire pumper, a 100’ platform truck, an incident command vehicle, a dedicated communications vehicle and adequate space for an additional heavy rescue truck in the future. The station also features a multimedia fire education centre.

Both buildings have a number of environmentally-friendly features such as:

  • Close proximity to public transit, along with carpool parking and short-term and long-term bicycle storage space available onsite. This helps promote alternative methods of transportation for staff and the public when travelling to work or to take part in programs at the community centre. 
  • Installation of a stormwater management system designed to allow the site to capture and treat 90 per cent of rainfall occurring as stormwater run-off.
  • Exterior landscaping around the buildings is designed to conserve the use of potable water, with a 44 per cent reduction of indoor potable water.
  • Energy-efficient light bulbs throughout the interior of both the community centre and fire station, with a mixture of daylight and occupancy sensors to ensure lights are turned off when an area is not in use.
  • Proper waste management practices were followed throughout the site redevelopment and construction process, with more than 75 per cent of demolition and construction waste diverted from the site.
  • This site supports a non CFC-based refrigerant environment and only uses refrigerants that have a low ozone depletion and global warming potential.
  • Both buildings will implement a Green Education Program and Green Housekeeping Program, using certified green products and cleaning processes to promote a high-quality and healthy indoor environment.

Through the Livable Oakville Official Plan and the town’s Sustainable Building Design guidelines, which came into effect in 2009, new town buildings over 500 square metres in building area are required to be designed and built to achieve LEED Silver certification. Green building design and construction adheres to Council’s strategic goal to protect greenspace and promote sustainable practices.