This policy establishes a minimum standard for energy efficiency and environmental performance for civic buildings and identifies public engagement strategies to encourage green building in the private sector.
The Town takes responsibility for municipal buildings by committing to high green building standards ("LEEDTM Silver") for all municipal construction projects larger than 500m2. Adherence to this policy will yield long-term cost savings to the Town’s taxpayers due to the reduced life-cycle costs for municipal buildings achieved through effective design. A green building design policy will also yield substantial social and environmental benefits for current and future residents of the Town.
With regard to privately developed buildings, all commercial and multi-unit residential developments will be encouraged to have a LEED Certified Professional verify that the design and construction of the development meets the LEEDTM Silver standard as a condition of the rezoning process. Recognizing that a higher standard can result in increased costs to the developer, the Town will consider incentives for green building projects.This policy is part of a comprehensive campaign to address long-term sustainability of Qualicum Beach.