Cambridge’s New City Hall

September 23, 2008 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Ok, so I’m a little late on the news front for this, but Cambridge’s new City Hall is truely jaw-dropping.

 

Interior view of Cambridges new City Hall

Interior view, including "living wall", of Cambridge's new City Hall

The new $30-million Cambridge City Hall is now officially the greenest city hall in Canada.

 

The Canada Green Building Council certified the structure with its gold LEED standard on July 31, 2008. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (more information can be found here: What is LEED?).

 

Cambridge’s City Hall building incorporates features of sustainable design and is the wave of the future in the field of architecture. The building has eco-friendly features such as a four-storey (110m2) “living wall” of tropical plants, which provides cleaner air. There is also a green roof and rain collection system used for toilets that will save two million litres of water a year. The city expects to save $150,000 a year in utility bills because 75 per cent of the light is natural and an atrium allows natural drafts to cool the building without turning on air conditioning. More than 3,000 plants were utilized for the new City Hall and the landscaping around the building is comprised exclusively of native or naturalized species which do not require irrigation.

 

And in other news… Guelph’s new City Hall looks like garbage.

Outside view of the new City Hall including the old City Hall on the left.

Outside view of the new City Hall including the old City Hall on the left.

Image: Daily Commercial News and Construction Record

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