July 24, 2006

Manitoba to require LEED certification for new government-funded buildings

WINNIPEG, MAN-Manitoba's new green buildings policy will make new government-funded buildings among the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient in North America. The policy is also expected to reduce energy expenditures for new buildings funded by the provincial government by at least one-third. Energy, Science and Technology Minister Dave Chomiak said the green buildings policy would apply to all commercial and institutional projects funded by the Manitoba government, including Crown corporations and agencies. Effective April 1, 2007, it would require all new capital projects, including schools and health care facilities, to be certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver by the Canada Green Building Council. In addition, Manitoba-funded building projects would have to meet enhanced levels of energy efficiency, with each project required to surpass Manitoba Hydro's Power Smart Design standards. Manitoba Energy is inviting public comments on the plan during the summer months before finalizing the policy this fall. In-depth consultations with stakeholders will also be held. More information is available on-line at www.manitobaenergy.ca.

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