November 1, 2004

DNR ranger office to be first NB facility registered with Canada Green Building Council

BATHURST, NB-A new Department of Natural Resources district ranger office in Bathurst will be New Brunswick's first facility to be registered with the Canada Green Building Council. The single-storey, 567-square-metre (6,300-square-foot) office building is designed to meet the principles of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an industry standard used to measure 'green' building performance. Supply and Services Minister Dale Graham said the contract for construction of the facility has been awarded to Gloucester Construction of Tracadie-Sheila. The firm won the tender with a bid of $893,000, and the work should be completed by the end of March 2005. "This new building will set an example in energy efficiency and environmental design," Graham said. "A sensitive approach has been taken in how we place the building on site. For example, special consideration was given to window orientation and maximizing daylight. We will also be minimizing the impact on the environment during construction by limiting site disturbance and exercising diligence in cleanup and sorting of construction debris." The Bathurst office will be officially registered with the Canada Green Building Council early next year. Made up of representatives from different segments of the design and construction industry, the Canada Green Building Council is a national organization formed to promote the design and construction of 'green' buildings throughout Canada.
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