Here’s a shot of some of our guys working in the fog in False Creek above the Olympic Village. This irrigation system installation will be LEED Gold certified. This means that all irrigation and its design meet a 50% reduction in water use from baseline.
We love working on LEED projects. We have been part of some large showcase projects in past, including the Richmond Olympic Oval and the Whistler 2010 Athletes’ Village. At the Richmond Oval, the roof doubles as a massive rainfall recovery system. The water is diverted into an onsite pond which in turn feeds the irrigation system. At the Whistler Athletes’ Village, various water saving methods are used, including drip irrigation (very efficient), PRS pop up heads, which use less water than conventional heads, and superior U-Series Rain Bird nozzles which disperse water more evenly, and therefore more efficiently. Learn more on our page on Drip Irrigation, Rain Sensors and Water Saving Heads.
About Canada’s LEED Program
Buildings generate up to 35 per cent of all greenhouse gases, 35 per cent of landfill waste comes from construction and demolition activities, and, of particular interest to University Sprinkler Systems, 80 per cent of all water is consumed in and around buildings. It’s clear that making buildings greener can have a significant impact on larger environmental goals. We are trying to do our part.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in 150 countries. Since 2002, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and LEED Canada have been redefining the buildings and communities where Canadians live, work and learn.
LEED works because it recognizes that sustainability should be at the heart of all buildings – in their design, construction and operation. Since 2004, the CaGBC has certified over 1800 LEED buildings in Canada and registered over 5000, the second highest number in the world.