Calgary's Currie Barracks First in Canada to Receive Top Environmental Certification



    CALGARY, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - Canada Lands Company CLC Limited (CLC) today
announced that its Currie Barracks real estate development project is the
recipient of the new LEED Gold plan for Neighborhood Development certification
- the first of its kind in Canada.
    Currie Barracks, CLC's newest sustainable project in Calgary, Alberta, is
the last of three sites to be redeveloped on this former Canadian military
base. It will join the multi award-winning communities of Garrison Woods and
Garrison Green.
    The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building rating
system is a certification program for the design, construction and operation
of high performance sustainable buildings and developments. Developed jointly
by the United States Green Building Council, the Congress for New Urbanism and
the Natural Resources Defence Council; the Neighborhood Development
certification is a new rating system that integrates the principles of smart
growth, new urbanism and green building for neighbourhood design. Currie
Barracks received Stage 2 certification for an approved plan.
    "It is truly an outstanding achievement for Calgary to have the Currie
Barracks development honoured with LEED Gold environmental certification for
Neighborhood Development. This development has been embraced by Calgarians as
a showcase community that sets new standards for sustainable community design,
while respecting the preservation of both heritage and the environment. I
couldn't be more proud to have Calgary be home to Canada's first approved
project to achieve LEED Gold certification", remarked Calgary Mayor Dave
Bronconnier.
    "CLC was part of the pilot project that defined the criteria by which
other LEED certified neighbourhoods throughout North America will be measured.
Calgarians should take great pride in the knowledge that this certification
will set the global standard", said CLC's President and CEO, Mark Laroche.
    Currie Barracks will be developed in a phased-approach which will take
approximately 10 years to achieve. Once fully completed, CLC can apply for the
final Stage 3 certification called Completed Development.

    CLC is a federal Crown corporation that optimizes the financial and
community value obtained from surplus strategic properties no longer required
by the Government of Canada. The company is self-financing and implements
innovative, sustainable property solutions to create strong and competitive
communities wherever it operates.

    
    Note to Editor:
    Background information attached. CLC spokesperson will be available for
    interviews on October 28.
    

    What is LEED ND?

    The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building rating
system is a third party certification program for the design, construction and
operation of high performance sustainable buildings and developments. The
purpose of the system is to encourage and accelerate global adoption of
sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and
implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance
criteria.
    LEED ND (Neighborhood Development) is a new rating system which focuses
on certification of new neighbourhoods and land developments that integrate
the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building. It's a tool
that helps planners and developers create communities that not only protect
the environment, but also address important challenges and opportunities such
as traffic patterns, the availability of various amenities within walking
distance and links to the community at large. The system was developed in
partnership with the Congress of New Urbanism and the National Resources
Defense Council and was first introduced in an 18-month pilot program in early
2007 by the United States Green Building Council and consists of 239 projects
from these six countries: United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Korea and the
Bahamas.
    Canada has entered more than 23 projects from Québec, Ontario, Alberta
and British Columbia. Three of Canada's projects were submitted by Canada
Lands Company - Currie Barracks in Calgary, the Village at Griesbach in
Edmonton, and Garrison Crossing in Chilliwack, BC.
    Projects range in size from 1 acre (under half a hectare) to more than
12,000 acres (4,850 hectares). The information learned during the pilot
program will be used to make further revisions to the rating system and
certification process.
    Like other LEED systems it utilizes a series of points or credits that
can be earned based on specific design criteria or construction. LEED ratings
range from 'certification' through to 'platinum'.

    
    Three stages of certification are available under LEED ND:
    Stage 1 - Optional Pre-review
    Stage 2 - Certification of an Approved Plan
    Stage 3 - Certification of a Completed Community Development
    

    Currie Barracks has achieved a Stage 2 gold certification. Other projects
currently sharing LEED Gold certification status include the Beijing Olympic
Village, Union Park, a mixed-use development planned in the heart of downtown
Las Vegas, and Helensview, an affordable housing development in Portland,
Oregon. The Currie Barracks certification is the first of its kind in Canada
and one of the largest to date worldwide.

    About Currie Barracks

    CLC's Currie Barracks vision creates the blueprint for a dynamic
community where Calgarians can live, learn, work and play in the same
neighbourhood. A network of sidewalks, pathways, bikeways, and transit routes
will serve the entire development and provide good alternatives to the car.
    Located centrally west of Crowchild Trail between 33 Avenue and
Richardson Way SW, Currie Barracks is the last part of Calgary's former
military base to be redeveloped.
    Over the next 10 years, this 200-acre site will be redeveloped following
the city-endorsed principles of smart growth and sustainability and in
accordance with the city's plans for the area.

    
    The many benefits of smart development include:

    -   wise use of resources and adaptive re-use of heritage buildings
    -   efficient site planning and community design: walkable streets,
        mixed-use
    -   respect for local history and community character
    -   schools, parks, shopping within walking/biking distance
    -   transit oriented - convenient access to bus routes
    -   preservation of mature trees and vegetation
    

    Practically, this means a more efficient use of land, public services and
facilities as well as an improved tax base, more and varied housing options,
reduced pollution, and the preservation of Calgary's military history. Currie
Barracks contains the most significant concentration of provincially
designated historic buildings in Alberta.




For further information:

For further information: For technical information on LEED Neighborhood
Development certification, please contact: Mark McCullough, General Manager,
Real Estate, Canada Lands Company CLC Limited, (403) 292-6222 or
mmccullough@clc.ca; For information on CLC's approach to sustainable
development, please contact: Gordon McIvor, Vice President, Strategic
Acquisitions, Public and Government Affairs, Canada Lands Company CLC Limited,
(416) 952-6111 or gmcivor@clc.ca

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