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Kwantlen's Surrey library LEEDs the way

City of Surrey councillor Marvin Hunt, Gordon Lee, Kwantlen vice-president finance and administration, Teresa Coady, architect at Bunting Coady Architects, Karen Hearn, Kwantlen Polytechnic University executive director facilities, receive a plaque commemorating the achievement of LEED Gold certification for the Kwantlen Surrey campus library. - Submitted
City of Surrey councillor Marvin Hunt, Gordon Lee, Kwantlen vice-president finance and administration, Teresa Coady, architect at Bunting Coady Architects, Karen Hearn, Kwantlen Polytechnic University executive director facilities, receive a plaque commemorating the achievement of LEED Gold certification for the Kwantlen Surrey campus library.
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It uses natural ventilation, consumes 65 per cent less energy compared to the model National Building Code, and more than 40 per cent of its building materials were sourced from within 800 km and 26 per cent recycled material.

It’s these attributes, and more, which have led the Coast Capital Library at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus to be recently awarded the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

In an event celebrating the designation Jan. 18, Kwantlen president John McKendry said: “We are proud of our efforts and achievements under this program which measures design, construction and operations of green buildings. This project is the eighth LEED certified project for the City of Surrey and Kwantlen’s second certification in Surrey – our Cloverdale campus received the very first prestigious LEED Gold certification in the City of Surrey in 2008. To have two certifications out of eight in the city shows that Kwantlen is a true leader in sustainability.”

“Kwantlen Polytechnic University is a leader in British Columbia for their commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability and the new library builds on this reputation,” commented Surrey-Panorama MLA Stephanie Cadieux. “Our government is committed to leading the world in sustainability and this building takes us another step towards this goal.”

LEED is a third-party certification program that benchmarks and measures the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

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