Mississauga Ontario Canada. – Garry W. Morden Centre Receives City’s First LEED Certification for Green Design
The Garry W. Morden Centre (GWMC), a training facility built in 2012, has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver status. The facility, built in partnership with the Department of National Defence and Peel Regional Police, was designed to target the LEED Silver standard. The centre incorporates radiant heating in the garage bays, an energy efficient HVAC system, low consumption water fixtures, air quality monitoring stations and features a grey water system. The site also incorporates a driver training track used by Peel Regional Police as well as the Mississauga Fire Mechanical Division.
“Achieving LEED status for the Garry W. Morden Centre demonstrates the City’s commitment to living green. Being recognized as a leader and an active participant in the green building movement supports our goal of saving energy and contributing to a healthier environment,” says Jayne Holmes, Manager, Facilities Planning and Development.
The building is used by the City of Mississauga’s Fire and Emergency Services for training in fire suppression, hazardous materials, trench rescue and auto extrication. The facility is also used for a range of other types of training for City staff as well as outside agencies and private corporations.
The Garry W. Morden Centre (GWMC) is the first LEED building built by City of Mississauga and received Silver LEED status on February 13, 2014. It spans 37 acres and is located in the north-west corner of the city.
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. Sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality are all aspects of LEED design.
The GWMC was named for the City’s former Fire Chief Garry Morden, who contributed much of his time and effort towards making the training centre a reality in his final years as Fire Chief. Chief Morden passed away in 2008.