Greening our buildings
Greener buildings don’t just benefit the environment. They also benefit our employees and our customers by providing safer and healthier workplaces. We are committed to registering all major new Canada Post-owned building projects for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) certification.
Our LEED buildings to date
As of December 2011, we had registered 23 new building projects across the country for LEED certification. Three of those buildings—the Woodstock, Hamilton West and Spruce Grove delivery depots—received LEED silver certification from the Canada Green Building Council in 2011.
The Winnipeg Mail Processing Plant, which opened on June 4, 2010, is our first mail-processing plant to be registered for LEED certification. This new plant—the flagship facility of our multi-year, $2B investment into the modernization of operations nationally—represents a giant leap into our future. Watch a video to learn more.
In addition to our new Winnipeg facility, we also announced plans to build a new 700,000-square-foot mail-processing facility at the Vancouver International Airport. The facility, which is slated for completion in 2014, will be built to LEED standards.
What is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)?
The LEED Green Building Rating System is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The system gives building owners and managers the tools to ensure an immediate and measurable beneficial effect on their buildings’ environmental performance.
How LEED works
The system evaluates the performance of a building project according to a number of prerequisites and credits. Points are awarded accordingly. Building performance is rated based on the total number of points earned. Buildings can be rated as Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.