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Green Globes is a program that is licensed for use by BOMA (Building Owners & Managers Association) Canada. It considers itself to be the practical rating system for sustainable building design and it was chosen by the University of Alberta because with Green Globes an owner, designer and contractor can develop a variety of sustainability strategies, maintain budgetary constraints and still receive recognition.

Although LEED is a more recognized certification process for sustainable architecture, using Green Globes as an alternative comes with perks. With Green Globes a building will receive certification if it is registered in the program and uses building practices that contribute to environmental stewardship standards. It is not an all or nothing approach to their certification. It recognizes every effort to achieve sustainability and recognizes that effort. LEED is a very rigorous beneficial program; however, a team may follow all the processes and checklists, if it misses a small portion of the intent, it will not receive all the points and therefore, may not achieve certification

Sustainability has three components to it; environmental, social and economic. Green Globes and all other programs, take those three components into consideration and each program is an effort approach to the continuous improvement of sustainability concepts in our built environment and as such are extremely valuable.

Green Globes provided timely answers to sustainability questions during this project. On past LEED projects BR2 had worked on, there had been challenges to get timely answers to sustainability questions through the design process.

The Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre used a Design Build project delivery method because the basic parameters of the project were established and there was a fixed budget to work with. Schick Shiner and Associates, the Theatre Consultant, was called upon for his expertise and to create some of the more innovative aspects for the theatre such as LED lights for the full lighting aspects of the theatre.

It was important to Clark Builders, the General Contractor on the project, that the entire team delivered a quality product and delivered the ‘best bang for the buck’ on this particular project. As a team, we maximized creativity yet had a very clear budget that we needed to follow. The University of Alberta was instrumental in creating opportunities for value by adding features to the theatre such as the 70 ft. photovoltaic tower, the largest building integrated solar voltaic system in Canada. The solar array generates 122 kilowatts of electricity, and any excess electricity produced can be sold back to the grid and help offset the facility’s operating costs. The panels were added to the project thanks to funding from the University of Alberta’s Envision Energy Reduction Program.


Project Management

A1. Integrated Design Process

IDP used for the design development

A team approach was used throughout the progressive stages of the design process. It involved collaboration of the architect, engineers, consultants, and other stakeholders.

Use green design facilitation to support green design integration.

A2. Commissioning Plan Documentation

Incorporate the green aspects of the National Master Specification (NMS).

Select products which have less environmental impact, including energy-saving, highefficiency equipment

A3. Commissioning Plan Documentation 

A best-practice, project commissioning plan is being implemented that includes (a) A Commissioning Authority has been engaged. (b) “Design Intent” and “Basis of Design” documentation has been reviewed. (c) Commissioning requirements are included in the Construction Documentation. (d) A Commissioning Plan has been developed.

A4. Emergency Response Plan 

An emergency response plan should be in place prior to project start-up to mitigate the likelihood of environmental emergencies occurring on-site during site preparation or construction.

Score: 50%


B1. Development Area

The building is constructed on an existing serviced site.

The building is constructed on land that is neither a wetland nor a wildlife corridor.

The design accommodates the building’s functions while minimizing disturbance to the site’s topography, soils and vegetation.

B2. Minimization of Ecological Impact 

Erosion control measures are in place in accordance with best management practices (BMPs) to protect the site during construction as well as over the long term.

At least 30% of impervious surfaces will be shaded to avoid creating a heat island.

Obtrusive aspects of exterior lighting such as, light trespass and sky glow will be avoided to preserve the nocturnal sky.

Specify measures to minimize heat build-up on the roof, such as a green roof or high-albedo roofing materials. Use Energy Star compliant, high-reflectance and high-emissivity roofing. Provide details of the roofing construction, annotated to show compliance with the requirements.

B3. Enhancement of Watershed Features 

Storm water run-off will be controlled to prevent damage to the building and vegetation, and to minimize run-off into waterways.

Run-off from the roof will be controlled and directed to a pervious area.

The pre-development ratio of pervious to impervious area was 100. The postdevelopment ratio of pervious to impervious area will be 30.

Specify the sub-metering of processes which are considered major energy consumers

Include measures to maximize natural ventilation and cooling or to integrate hybrid ventilation

Provide specifications for daylighting systems, integrated electrical lighting and daylighting control systems.

Detail the continuous air/vapor barrier and show how it will avoid thermal bridging, provide thermal comfort to the occupants and prevent condensation in the building.

Score: 66%


C1. Building Energy Performance

Energy targets are reportedly being met.

C2. Energy Demand Minimization

The floor area has been optimized to efficiently fulfill the building’s functional and spatial requirements while minimizing the amount of space that needs to be heated and cooled.

The building is located and oriented on the site to optimize the effect of microclimatic conditions for heating or cooling

Opportunities offered by the site topography, and design measures, including location and orientation, are optimized to provide shelter against wind and snow deposition.

The amount of daylighting is optimized through building orientation and windowto-wall size ratios.

The indicated visible transmittance (VT) of the window glazing is 0.64.

The thermal resistance of the exterior enclosure meets MNECB levels. The reported thermal resistance (RSI) of the exterior wall is 3.7 and of the roof is 7.05.

There are measures to prevent groundwater and/or rain penetration into the building.

The integrity of the building envelope is optimized, using best air/vapour barrier practices.

Include measures to maximize natural ventilation and cooling or to integrate hybrid ventilation.

Provide specifications for daylighting systems, integrated electrical lighting and daylighting control systems.

Detail the continuous air/vapor barrier and show how it will avoid thermal bridging, provide thermal comfort to the occupants and prevent condensation in the building.

Specify the sub-metering of processes which are considered major energy consumers.

C3. Energy-Efficient Systems 

The building’s energy efficiency is increased through the use of energy-efficient equipment.

Design includes: (a) Energy-efficient lighting fixtures, lamps and ballasts, (b) High efficiency (modulating or condensing) boilers, (c) Energy-efficient hot water service systems, (d) Building automation systems, (e) Variable speed drives, (f) Energy-efficient motors, (g) Other advanced building technologies and practices that will improve the energy and resource efficiency

Consider integrating high efficiency chillers and energy efficient elevators

C4. Renewable Sources of Energy 

The construction documents indicate the integration of renewable energy sources that will supply more than 10% of the total load.

C5. Energy Efficient Transportation 

Carpooling and/or public transport will be accommodated on-site.

Ensure that public transport is easily accessible, within 500 m and with service at least every 15 minutes during rush hour.

Include provision for alternative-fuel re-fueling.

Provide safe, covered storage areas with fixed mountings for securing bicycles against theft.

Score: 66%


D1. Water Performance 

The building will reportedly achieve the water consumption target of less than 1.5 m³/m²/year.

D2. Water Conserving Features 

The design includes water-saving devices or proximity detectors on urinals, low flush toilets (less than 6 L), water-saving fixtures on faucets (4 L /min) and showerheads (9.0 L/min.) and other water-saving appliances.

There are no wet cooling towers.

The specified landscaping uses plants that are able to withstand extreme local weather conditions, and that require minimal irrigation.

Major water consumption operations such as boilers, cooling tower make-up lines, water-cooled air-conditioning units or special laboratory operations, should also be individually monitored.

Specify a water-efficient irrigation system. Consider using rain or moisture sensors to avoid irrigation when it rains.

Specify irrigation using non-potable water.

Consider integrating a graywater collection, storage and distribution system.

Where feasible, integrate a biological waste treatment system for the site and building such as peat moss drain fields, constructed wetlands, aerobic treatment systems, solar aquatic waste systems (or living machines), and composting or ecologically-based toilets.

Score: 68%


E1. Systems and Materials with Low Environmental Impact

The selection and specification process of the following assemblies and materials included a life cycle assessment of their environmental burden and embodied energy: (a) The foundations and floor assembly, (b) The column and beam, or post and beam combinations, and the walls, (c) The roof assembly, (d) Other components (i.e. Windows, cladding)

E2. Materials That Minimize Consumption Resources

Building materials with recycled content will be used in the construction (i.e. Steel structure; carpet).

Materials that come from renewable sources and/or are locally manufactured have been specified and have undergone life-cycle assessment.

Specify the reuse of building materials and components such as, bricks, flooring, panelling, etc.

Specify that only wood products from certified and sustainable sources will be used.

E4. Building Durability, Adaptability and Disassembly 

Building assemblies and materials have been specified for their durability and low maintenance.

Specify structural, cladding and detailing building assemblies, mechanical systems, and components that will maximize building adaptability and flexibility.

Specify structural, cladding and detailing materials, mechanical systems, and components that facilitate building disassembly.

E5. Reuse and Recycling of Construction/Demolition Waste 

The construction documents indicate that a construction, demolition and renovation waste management plan is incorporated into the project.

E6. Facilities for Recycling and Composting 

Detail the facility’s waste handling and recycling facilities. Include the locations for the collection and storage of materials separated for recycling.

Score: 65%


F1. Minimization of air-emissions

Low-NOx boilers and furnaces are specified.

F2. Minimization of ozone-depletion 

A refrigeration system has been specified that avoids ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and potent industrial greenhouse gases (PIGG).

The ozone-depleting potential of the refrigerant is equal to 0.

The building’s air-conditioning system will comply with the requirements of the Federal Halocarbon Regulations under CEPA and the Safety Code for Mechanical Refrigeration, ASHRAE 15 -1994.

F3. Control of surface run-off and prevention of sewer contamination  

There are measures to intercept and/or treat contaminated water to prevent pollutants including toxic materials, oils, and suspended materials from entering sewers or waterways

F4. Pollution minimization

There will be secure, appropriately-ventilated storage areas for occupants to store hazardous and flammable materials

The construction documents should include an integrated pest management plan.Provide permanent protection of the structure and structural openings against infestation by rodents, insects, and other pests.

Score: 85%


G1. Effective ventilation system

Air intakes will be located more than 20 m from major sources of pollution and at least the minimum recommended distances from lesser sources of pollution.

Systems and components are specified that will avoid the release of pollution and fibres into the ventilation air path.

Sufficient ventilation will be provided to obtain an acceptable IAQ, in accordance with ANSI/ASHRAE 62 – 1999 using the Ventilation Rate Design Procedure.

The mechanical systems will provide effective air exchange.

The mechanical ventilation system will have the capability of flushing-out the building with 100% outside air at ambient temperatures above 0°C.

The filters have a minimum efficiency of 65% arrestance, or 40% atmospheric dust-spot efficiency for air distributed to occupied spaces.

To avoid re-entrainment, position air intakes and outlets at least 10 m apart, and ensure that inlets will not be downwind of outlets.

Specify that personal control over the ventilation rates will be provided for a maximum of four to six occupants, either through personalized HVAC controls or, for naturally ventilated buildings, operable windows or operable trickle vents.

G2. Source control of indoor pollutants 

There are measures to minimize the accumulation of moisture within the building and prevent the growth of fungus, mold, and bacteria on building surfaces and in concealed spaces.

There will be easy access to air-handling units (AHUs) to facilitate their maintenance and drainage and avoid accumulation of debris.

Humidifiers that are specified to avoid the growth of microorganisms.

There are measures to avoid pollution at-source.

The domestic hot water system is designed and located in such a way to avoid the risk of legionella.

Interior materials are specified that are low-VOC emitting, non-toxic, and chemically inert.

G3. Lighting 

The construction documents indicate that the building provides direct ambient daylight to 80% of the primary spaces.

The construction documents indicate that there will be views to the building exterior, or to atria from all primary interior spaces.

Lighting Levels will meet those recommended in IESNA Lighting Handbook 2000 for the types of tasks to be anticipated in the various building spaces.

There are measures to ensure that the spaces will be free of excessive direct or reflected glare, as defined in IESNA RP-5, 1999, Recommended Practice of Daylighting.

Provide specifications, design drawings, documentation and lighting calculations for representative spaces to ensure that the required daylight factor is being achieved.

The building design integrates local lighting controls related to room occupancy, circulation space, daylighting and the number of workstations in office areas.

The construction documents indicate that there will be views to the building exterior, or to atria from all primary interior spaces.

G5. Acoustic Control

There are measures to mitigate acoustic problems associated with mechanical equipment noise and vibration, and plumbing systems

The building is sited, and spaces within the building are zoned so as to provide optimum protection from undesirable outside noise, and fall within acceptable noise criteria (NC) ranges.

The construction documents specify the sound level transmission through the building envelope.

The construction documents specify noise attenuation of the structural systems, and measures to insulate primary spaces from impact noise.

The design provides acoustic controls to meet the acoustic privacy requirements

Speech intelligibility requirements are met for the various spaces and activities such as face-to-face communication and conferences.

Score: 86%

Average Score: 71%