The New BC Cancer Agency Cancer Centre in Prince George

Green Design

We have worked to incorporate the BC Cancer Agency’s need for a sustainable facility that will promote a healing atmosphere while minimizing the environmental impact of the new development.

We have used the framework of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System to guide the design of the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North. Using the LEED system, we will reduce water and energy use, source building materials in an environmentally responsible manner, and minimize the cancer centre’s overall ecological footprint. The Centre for the North is being designed and built to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Centre for the North Green Roof

What is LEED?

The LEED Green Building Rating System provides standards for environmentally sustainable construction. It was developed in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and has been modified by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) to suit Canadian climates, construction practices and regulations.

The Green Building Rating System allocates credits to six aspects of the building’s sustainable design:

  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy and atmosphere
  • Materials and resources
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Innovation and design process

The CaGBC certifies buildings based on the total number of credits earned, following an independent review and an audit of selected credits. To be certified by LEED, a building must also meet certain minimum environmental prerequisites. The objective is not to achieve LEED certification, it is to be environmentally responsible; LEED certification is the means of demonstrating this.

For more information on LEED, please visit the CaGBC website: www.cagbc.org

Green Design and Construction Strategies

The following list highlights some of the sustainable initiatives that have been included in the design of the new BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North:

  • The construction plan will include measures to reduce the impact of dust and other on-site pollutants on the surrounding community.
  • A secure bicycle storage area and shower facilities will encourage staff to use alternative methods of transportation.
  • A green roof comprised of local plants will provide several benefits to the building including capturing rainwater, providing insulation, and offering staff and visitors a view of indigenous landscaping.
  • The use of potable water will be reduced by 30% through the use of water-efficient plumbing fixtures.
  • The building’s energy consumption will be reduced by 38% when compared to a standard cancer centre design.
  • CFC-based and HCFC-based products will not be used in the building systems and operations to minimize ozone depletion.
  • Enhanced building commissioning practices will be implemented to ensure that the building is constructed and operated as designed.
  • All of the building’s electricity will be supplied by renewable energy sources.
  • Detailed planning will encourage the use of local materials and materials with recycled content.
  • 50% of construction waste will be diverted from the landfill by recycling or reusing construction materials.
  • Smoking will be prohibited inside the cancer centre or near entrances, windows or air intakes.
  • Materials will be selected that emit low amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs can have a negative effect on indoor air quality and can potentially harm occupants. To promote the health of patients, staff and visitors, materials used in interior spaces (e.g. paint, carpets, adhesives, sealants and wood products) will be reviewed to ensure they contain reduced levels or no VOCs.
  • A strategy will be implemented to ensure that the new cancer centre attains a high level of indoor air quality, including the adoption of voluntary industry guidelines, frequent changes of filtration media and the testing of air contaminants prior to building occupancy.
  • A system will be installed to monitor and provide rapid feedback to the building operator for temperature, airflow and humidity levels throughout the facility to provide maximum comfort to the staff, patients and visitors.