What is green building?
Green building seeks efficiencies in energy, water and materials use, through better design and construction, more efficient operations, and proper materials re-use and disposal at the end of a building’s life cycle. In addition to the positive environmental impacts of green building, an organization’s operating costs can be substantially reduced, and human health can be improved through better indoor air quality and reduced levels of toxic substances in the building process.
Dalhousie University has four campuses. Three campuses are mixed into the downtown core of the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia and one campus is located in the rural village of Bible Hill, Nova Scotia. Over one hundred and fifty buildings cover approximately 5.5 million square feet of space. These buildings and houses date from 1850 to the present.
Dalhousie has passed a green building policy [PDF - 92KB] that recommends all new buildings should be built to LEED gold standards or higher and existing building upgrades follow a green building standard [PDF - 130KB]. Dalhousie is a member of the Canada Green Building Council.