Winnipeg Airports Authority and Stantec Architecture proudly announce that the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is the first airport terminal in Canada to become LEED certified. The airport achieved LEED Silver certification, which is beyond the category initially targeted. Looking beyond Canada, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is one of only 17 terminals in North America, and one of only 24 terminals worldwide to receive LEED certification for new construction.
“Attaining external validation of our commitment to the principles of sustainable development is truly exciting,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “Working closely with Stantec, our teams delivered a beautiful, functional facility that minimized its carbon footprint. It’s something that I believe our community will be able to take pride in for years to come.”
“I am proud that our team, working creatively with the Winnipeg Airports Authority, has delivered a spectacular terminal that has been the very first in Canada to be LEED certified, and LEED Silver at that!” said Stanis Smith, Executive Vice President, Buildings at Stantec Architecture. “The building meets the needs and expectations of 21st century air travellers and based on the LEED energy model, it is estimated that the building will achieve a total GHG reduction of over 5,000 tonnes per year when compared to code, equivalent to taking over 1,000 cars off the road for 1 year.”
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in 150 countries. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.