January 27, 2016 6:51 pm

Edmonton International Airport awarded for being green

Edmonton Airport honoured with LEED certification Jan. 27, 2016.

Cliff Harris, Global News

EDMONTON – Edmonton International became the first airport terminal in Canada to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification Wednesday.

The south terminal expansion and the new central tower were awarded for being environmentally friendly.

LEED certification is achieved through an independent review of design, construction, operation and maintenance practices.

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“Congratulations to Edmonton International Airport on certifying its new terminal to LEED® Gold,” Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council, said. “This certification represents a significant improvement in environmental performance along with a healthier indoor environment for staff and travellers. Arriving at one of the greenest terminals in Canada sets the right tone for both domestic and international travellers, reflecting the City of Edmonton’s commitment to sustainability.”

The south terminal expansion was done by Stantec in 2012. It includes features like rain water storage cisterns, solar water heating, sensor controlled general lighting, displacement ventilation and the first living wall in an airport terminal building.


The central tower was designed by DIALOG and constructed by EllisDon. The use of sculptural zinc cladding, as well as optimal solar orientation, allows maximum natural daylight in the winter and shading in the summer. Other green features in the building include rainwater harvesting and under-floor air distribution.

The EllisDon Construction Team used local and recycled materials in the construction of the building.

“We are very proud to have been certified and grateful to all the members of the team who helped us to achieve certification,” Steve Rumley, EIA vice president, Infrastructure, said.

“EIA has committed to being environmentally and socially responsible while meeting the Edmonton region’s growing need for air service. In particular, energy conservation is one area in which we have focused by employing new technologies for lighting and heating the buildings as we expand.”

EIA is also starting an online competition where Edmontonians could win a spot on a sustainability tour. The tour would give an inside look at all the green building features at EIA, including areas not open to the travelling public.

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