University Earns LEED While Working Toward Zero-Waste

Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. Canada, is another step closer to achieving its vision of becoming a zero-waste university, according to an article on the Proud Green Building website. Green cleaning practices have helped earn the Shrum Chemistry Building on the Burnaby campus earn a LEED gold rating.

LEED-certified green buildings reduce waste, conserve energy, decrease water consumption and improve operating cost efficiencies. Overall, they have a healthier indoor environment through better indoor air quality, the use of less harmful products and more natural daylight.

The Shrum Chemistry building incorporates green cleaning practices, as well as new systems for water efficiency and reduction, optimized energy performance and waste management.

Sustainability achievements include diverting at least 75 percent of construction waste from the landfill, and installing new laboratory fume hoods that exhaust 50 percent less air when users close the sash.

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