Olympic Village greenest neighbourhood in the world

February 16, 2010 | Uncategorized

Mayor Gregor Robertson today announced the Olympic and Paralympic Village in Vancouver has now been certified as the greenest, most energy efficient and sustainable neighbourhood in the world. Today’s certification also confirms that the Olympic Village is the greenest in Olympic history.

“The LEED Platinum certification for the 2010 Olympic Village and Southeast False Creek is the highest ever for a neighbourhood this size,” said Mayor Robertson. "Southeast False Creek is only the second neighbourhood in the world to receive this level of certification. Achieving LEED Platinum is a big feather in our cap, as we move towards our goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020.”

The Olympic Village was awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ND stage 2 platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for a variety of factors, including its proximity to the downtown core, mix of uses, affordable housing, green buildings and habitat restoration.

Southeast False Creek (SEFC) also received points from USGBC for building the Neighbourhood Energy Utility, which is the City’s first renewable district heating system, and the net zero building, a building which produces as much energy as it consumes.

In addition to the LEED Platinum certification for neighbourhood development, two buildings recently achieved LEED Gold certification. More Gold and Platinum certifications are expected to follow.

LEED is an internationally-recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reductions, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

“Even more so than single buildings, community developments of this type and scale require an unwavering commitment to integrated design and development processes,” said Tim Cole, Chair, USGBC Board of Directors.

“The Olympic Village honours the athletes for their exceptional performance by giving them a healthy and high-performing community in which to enjoy their stay,” says Cole. “When the Games end, Vancouver will have a thriving mixed-use community of housing and retail, commercial and public spaces that will be a singular reminder of how the Olympic spirit inspires us all to achieve our dreams.”

The 32 hectare (80 acres) SEFC community is a former industrial site on the shores of False Creek near downtown Vancouver. More than half of the land is owned by the City, while the remainder is owned privately. At full build out, up to 16,000 residents and commercial users will call the neighbourhood home.

To view a short video about today’s announcement, visit: http://www.youtube.com/VancouverCityHall