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“In this day of rising energy costs, and of course out environmental awareness, it is important to all of us as taxpayers that we take every possible step to reduce the use or misuse of our energy,” argues PRRD Chair Karen Goodings. “This certification is further evidence that this hospital and Peace Villa were designed with that in mind.” 

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is ranked by the Canadian Green Building Council based on a facility’s environmental considerations. Gold is the second highest ranking, behind Platinum. 

Through features like double glazed and gas filled windows and a “smart” system that monitors its mechanical and electrical systems, more than 980,000 kilowatt hours of energy are estimated to be saved at the hospital  annually. The building also boasts thicker insulation in its walls and roof which allow for a higher thermal resistance. 

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“It is exciting to have a beautiful new facility to service our region and know that we’re doing so in an environmentally friendly manner,” adds Angela De Smit, Health Service Administrator. 

The $300 million project was completed last summer, with its official grand opening by Premier Christy Clark on July 12, 2012. It was funded by the province and the PRRD.

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