Guelph Hydro’s Southgate Road facility received LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the Canada Green Building Council. The 3,344 square metre addition built in 2005/2006 features many energy-efficient and sustainable characteristics including:
- A ground-source geothermal heating and cooling system
- High-efficiency plumbing and lighting
- Drought-resistant and native species landscaping
As a result of the energy-efficient design features, the building consumes 43 per cent less energy than the minimum requirements for energy efficiency set out in the National Resources Canada Model National Energy Code for Buildings. Water use is 20 per cent lower than LEED® baseline measurements.