As a leader in sustainable education, Concordia has endeavoured to formalise its commitment to environmentally responsible development by seeking green building certifications for its most recently constructed buildings.
What is LEED?
To obtain LEED (or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, Concordia must incorporate a considerable number of features and processes that improve the building’s overall sustainability and environmental impact. Examples of these features include:
- Bike and electric vehicle parking
- Energy efficiency that exceeds building code standards by wide margins
- Use of on-site renewable energy sources
- Advanced commissioning and start-up of all building systems
- Responsible disposal of construction waste
- Fixtures and equipment that limit water use
- Use of renewable and socially responsible building materials and construction practices
LEED Buildings at Concordia
Click on each LEED-certified building below to learn more about its unique sustainable features.
In 2009, Concordia opened the doors to its first LEED certified building. The MB building incorporates solar technologies and advanced controls for HVAC and lighting, earning LEED Silver certification. It also incorporates responsibly sourced, renewable building materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures and a green roof space. The John Molson Building houses classrooms, study spaces, a conference center, music and dance studios as well as offices and restaurants.
Built around the same time as the PERFORM Center, Concordia’s GE building features demand- controlled lab ventilation and energy recuperating features that make it almost twice as efficient as comparable laboratory buildings. It too boasts a LEED Gold rating.
Scheduled to open in January 2020, the HU building on Concordia’s Loyola campus will also seek to obtain LEED Gold certification. Containing laboratories and lecture spaces, this building will incorporate demand-controlled ventilation, lighting controls and energy recuperation technologies.
Infrastructure-related research and news
Concordia researcher tracks the impact of climate change on freeze and thaw patterns in QuebecJanuary 13, 2020
The Concordia University Foundation and global investment firm Inerjys Ventures sign a $1.2M partnership to strengthen the cleantech sectorApril 16, 2019
Concordia researcher shines a light on our internet daemonsNovember 13, 2018
China’s $8-trillion Belt and Road Initiative could be a blueprint for responsible developmentMay 15, 2018
STEM SIGHTS: The Concordian who wants to enhance your metro rideMarch 8, 2018
New asset-management framework can potentially minimize construction costsFebruary 20, 2018
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