1st LEED for Homes Mid-Rise Certified in BC!

The George Schmidt Centre, a 30-unit development in Abbotsford for men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, is the first mid-rise multi-family home project in B.C. to achieve gold certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.  Sixty-five LEED points are required for gold-level certification; the project achieved 75.5 points.

E3 Eco Group acted as sustainability consultant for the George Schmidt Centre.  “It was a pretty straightforward project,” said Troy Glasner, the president of E3 Eco Group, “but there were a few features that stand out in my mind.”

Troy was particularly impressed with how well the building scored in compartmentalization testing.

“This is where you go from room to room to test for odour seepage, such as cigarette smoke,” he explained. “To hit our target, the units needed to be at 0.30; the advanced rating number is 0.22. Some of the GSC units were at 0.19 and 0.17. Those numbers demonstrate how exceedingly well built the building is, particularly given that it’s harder to score well with smaller rooms, which these are. We’ve worked on several other projects since then where we haven’t been able to come anywhere close to these numbers.”

The George Schmidt Centre also received LEED points for the high solar reflective index of its roof. (Solar reflectance is the ability to reflect infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths of the sun which reduces heat transfer, as well as the ability to radiate absorbed or non-reflected solar energy.) Buildings usually need a white roof to meet the target; the George Schmidt Centre was able to achieve this with a dark roof.

Troy also describes the site’s landscaping as “par excellence” with 94 per cent of the plants that were installed being drought tolerant and only four per cent of the designed landscape having turf.

Congratulations to the project team for all their hard work and efforts towards this exciting achievement!