The building was designed to minimize its environmental impact and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in order to reduce its environmental footprint. LEED-NC certification criteria were taken into consideration in the project's planning and implementation.
Sustainable site development
- Site chosen to reduce the distances travelled by the buses;
- Eight charging stations installed for electric vehicles, bicycle parking and dressing rooms;
- Site developed to protect habitats, maximize green space, and reduce heat islands (white roof).
Efficient water management
- Volume of water drained into the storm sewer system is minimized (water quality and quantity controlled);
- Bus wash water recovered and reused;
- Landscaping designed to be economical in terms of its need for water.
Energy efficient and lower GHG
- Green spaces and wooded areas add value and reduce heat island;
- High emissivity roofing materials (white to absorb less heat).
- Energy efficient heating system
- At least 25% less electricity and fuel used for heating, for a 25% cost saving.
Sustainable and local materials and resources
- Long-life materials (50 years);
- Sound waste management during the construction.
Quality indoor work spaces
- Very high capacity for evacuating vehicle emissions;
- Low emission materials: paint, sealant, floor covering, adhesive and controls over indoor sources of chemical emissions and pollutants.