Sustainability

LEED

McIntosh gallery buildingOverview

Western has established an operational policy that all new building construction and retrofits will achieve a minimum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification. Currently, Western has 1 LEED GOLD certified building (Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavillion) and 1 LEED SILVER certified building (McIntosh Gallery). Eight additional buildings are registered for LEED certification. They are:

More information about these buildings can be found below. Campus and community members wishing to learn more about these green buildings can register for a tour at sustainability.uwo.ca/

Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion

In 2009, Western officially opened the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion, the first LEED certified building on campus. Dubbed “the green building”, this $22-million, 45,000 square-foot structure exemplifies environmental building practices in addition to housing research projects in green technologies, processes and materials.

McIntosh Gallery

The McIntosh Gallery was officially certified on October, 9, 2012. It is the nation's first building to be certified under the new, more stringent green building guidelines, LEED NC-2009. For the gallery, energy efficiency was key, seeing that the building was over 70 years old when it was renovated:

The renovation efforts also inspired McIntosh staff to develop some of their own green initiatives – like targeting paper use to using only locally sourced walnut frames for art.

For more information about this renovation, please view the article published in Western News.