Bridgepoint Hospital (Bridgepoint) in Toronto, Ont. recently became the first hospital in the city to receive a LEED silver certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). Finished in 2013, the purpose-built hospital provides rehabilitative care and health care for individuals living with complex health conditions.
Some of the sustainable highlights that helped Bridgepoint earn the silver status include:
- A building design that is 30 per cent more energy-efficient than a standard building code development, resulting in approximately $900,000 in savings per year;
- Storm water run-off systems to irrigate gardens;
- The installation of 72 bicycle racks;
- The reintroduction of native plants to the hospital grounds;
- A 32 per cent reduction in water waste through the use of efficient washroom fixtures;
- A high-performance heat recovery system, air conditioning system and high-efficiency boilers;
- Energy-efficient lighting systems and double-glazed windows;
- Construction materials partially derived from recycled contents and local providers; and
- The diversion of 98 per cent of construction waste from landfills.
The hospital, located at 14 Saint Matthews Rd., also achieved a perfect score in the CaGBC’s Innovation and Design Process category.