Campus Planning, Building Design and Construction
Carleton University has committed to ensuring that all new construction and major renovations achieve a minimum rating of 3 out of 5 globes with the Green Globes Rating system.
The Campus Master Plan reinforces many aspects of sustainability, including:
- Green spaces are to be maintained and highlighted through careful planning.
- Growth will be achieved through densification of the existing property and – for the first time – the Campus Master Plan notes that replacement of existing buildings will be considered so that more efficient use can be made of a building footprint.
- A network of safe, navigable paths for pedestrians and cyclists will be enhanced.
- A decrease in per capita parking over several years, as more transportation alternatives are promoted and developed.
Carleton University has committed to ensuring that all new construction and major renovations achieve a minimum rating of 3 out of 5 globes with the Green Globes Rating system. To date, 8 buildings on campus have been rated. The case study for each building is outlined below:
- Canal Building – 5 Green Globes
- Frontenac Residence – 3 Green Globes
- Herzberg Laboratory Addition – 4 Green Globes
- Lennox-Addington – 3 Green Globes
- MacOdrum Library – 3 Green Globes
- Residence Commons Addition – 4 Green Globes
- River Building – 4 Green Globes
- Russell-Grenville – 4 Green Globes
The first major renovation to be assessed was the renovation of Russell-Grenville houses in the summer of 2010. As an example of the positive impact – there has been a 69 per cent drop in the water consumption in those two residences. Going forward, as more buildings are renovated and new buildings added, the overall impact of the built environment will continue to be reduced.
In 2009, Carleton University also conducted a pilot project with Green Globes to develop an Environmental Assessment tool for university campuses. The result was a detailed report for each of all the buildings at Carleton University, identifying such things as water consumption, energy usage, electricity usage, and waste management. The report also provided a list of recommendations for improvements that would result in a more sustainable operation.
Green Buildings News
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Earth Hour 2018
Earth Hour 2018 Saturday, March 24th 8.30-9.30 For one hour, on Saturday March 24th, the Carleton Community is being asked to turn the lights out. This is part of a global statement of concern over climate change and a commitment to finding solutions to environmental issues. While we can all individually contribute by turning...
Friday, July 4, 2014
Carleton publishes Energy Master Plan
In June 2014, as part of both our Sustainability Strategic Plan commitments and the Energy Conservation Regulations (Reg 397/11), Carleton published its Energy Master Plan. The plan outlines our goals and objectives for managing, conserving and reducing energy consumption, alongisde costs and estimated savings for proposed...
Monday, February 24, 2014
Carleton Releases Energy Plan and Provides Updates on Sustainability Strategy
Carleton University released its comprehensive Energy Master Plan today, part of an ambitious sustainability strategy that reduces current energy and water consumption and will ensure the highest possible conservation levels are maintained as the campus expands. Carleton also provided an update on the conclusion of its first in-depth building...
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Green Globes and Carleton University
Carleton University has committed to ensuring that all new construction and major renovations are assessed against the Green Globes Rating system and will achieve at minimum a rating of 3 out of 5. What is Green Globes? The Green Globes system is an internationally recognized, third party, certification and building environmental design and...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Sustainability at Carleton [INFOGRAPHIC]
Sustainable operations have a long history at Carleton University, although for many years it was known by other names. For example, Carleton University has had a recycling program since the early 1990s and has collected organics for composting in Residence Commons since 1998. Carleton University implemented major energy conservation measures in...
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Annual COU Report Recognizes Carleton’s Sustainability Initiatives
Extensive environmental sustainability initiatives at Carleton University, outlined in a comprehensive Energy and Sustainability Plan last month, are highlighted in the latest Going Greener Report released today by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). The report, produced annually following the 2009 university presidents’ pledge to...
Friday, February 22, 2013
High-Efficiency Water Fixtures Planned for Renfrew House
Renfrew House is scheduled to be renovated in 2013 and will have new high-efficiency water fixtures installed. New shower heads, faucets and toilets will be also be installed and will lead to similar saving to those achieved in Russell-Grenville houses, which saw water use drop 65 per cent, saving Carleton more than $20,000 a...