Projects making Surrey a LEED leader

Posted by Rumin Mann
November 19th, 2010

The Surrey Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre is one of 24 buildings certified to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards in the city.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a globally accepted sustainable development rating system, generally used to determine how green a building is. Although some major private developers have jumped onboard with LEED, it is recently changed provincial law, which institutes that all government-funded buildings must be LEED Gold or higher, that has produced a boon of green buildings in Surrey.

Cities around the world like to compare their green credentials based on how many LEED-certified buildings are within their borders. So where does suburban Surrey rank? Higher than one might assume. According to data from the Canada Green Building Council, Surrey has 24 certified buildings either completed or under construction.

While the number may seem high, only five of these developments were financed by private money. The other 19 are recent government projects that had to meet the LEED standard, such as new schools, the new RCMP headquarters, and the new outpatient hospital.

The full list of LEED buildings is as follows:

• Semiahmoo Library (January 2004)

• Surrey Transfer Station (April 2005)

• Czorny Alzheimer Centre – 16850 66 Ave. (July 2005)

• Kwantlen Polytechnic University library expansion – 12666 72 Ave. (January 2007)

• Kwantlen Administration Building – 12666 72 Ave. (March 2007)

• Envision Credit Union Newton – 7322 King George Blvd. (November 2007)

• Kwantlen Cloverdale Campus (September 2008)

• Ministry of Labour office building – 13650 102 Ave. (2008)

• Peace Arch Visitor’s Centre (April 2009)

• Frito Lay Distribution Centre – 11811 103A Ave. (April 2009)

• Warehouse and Cold Storage – 2775 190 St. (November 2009)

• CityPoint towers – 10777 University Dr. (March 2010)

• Woodward Hill Elementary – 6082 142 St (May 2010)

• Adams Road Elementary – 18228 68 Ave (September 2010)

• Maxxine Wright Centre – 13729 92 Ave (September 2010)

• Creekside Health and Housing Centre -13670 94 Ave. (Jan 2011)

• Surrey City Centre Library – 10350 University Dr. (March 2011)

• Alder Gardens YWCA – 138 Street and 70 Avenue (April 2011)

• SFU Podium 2 expansion – 13450 102 Ave. (April 2011)

• Mountain Equipment Co-op Distribution Centre – 13340 76 Ave. (July 2011)

• Surrey Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre – 9750 140 St. (summer 2011)

• SD36 District Education Centre – 14033 92 Ave. (November 2011)

• RCMP E-Division headquarters – Green Timbers (2012)

• SMH Acute Care Tower – 13750 96 Ave (December 2014)

With Vancouver at 111 LEED buildings, and Victoria at 52, Surrey ranks third in the province based on the number of LEED buildings. Cities behind Surrey include Burnaby at 21, North Vancouver at 19, Kelowna at 16, Kamloops at 13, Nanaimo at 11, and Richmond and Maple Ridge tied at eight each.

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