McMaster - DeGroote School *LEED Gold Certified 2011*

McMaster Building imageBackground Information

  • LEED Gold Certified in 2011
  • A 90,000-square-foot, four-storey, facility to be constructed by 2010 on 4.5 acres along South Service Road adjacent to and visible from the QEW
  • Opened 2010
  • Location: South Service Road, east of Walker’s Line
  • Website
  • Case study

Relevant Reports

  • Regional Economic Impact Study Findings – Proposed McMaster Campus, PL 91/08,
  • Terms of Agreement for the City’s Financial Contribution to the McMaster Project, PL 93/08, Project Management Update, COMSERV 8/07

Energy Efficiency Features

Energy efficiency measures resulting in 40% energy cost savings:

  • Energy recovery ventilators on HVAC systems
  • Demand control ventilation (CO2 & Occupancy) on HVAC systems
  • High efficiency ventilation units
  • Distributed heat pump system
  • High performance curtainwall
  • Condensing boiler
  • Variable-speed pumping
  • High-efficiency lighting
  • Well-insulated curtainwall and roof
  • Exterior lighting designed to ASHRAE 90.1 2004 requirements (dark sky)
  • 50% of electrical energy load offset to green power sources for a 2 year term

Water Features

  • Low flow plumbing fixtures
  • No irrigation on site; drought tolerant plants and sod specified by landscape designer
  • Stormwater treatment via stormceptor removing 80% Total Suspended Solids and 40% Total phosphorus

Waste Management/Reduction

  • Extensive use of construction materials containing recycled content
  • If possible construction materials were specified that were locally sourced (regional to the area)


  • Use of low VOC products inside the building (adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings)
  • Carpet is CRI green label certified (low VOC)
  • Wood installed in the building is FSC certified and contains no added urea-formaldehyde resins
  • Detailed indoor air quality (IAQ) plan enforced for the site during construction to improve IAQ for the occupants of the building
  • IAQ testing to be done before occupancy
  • Designated carpool parking for employees
  • Green housekeeping program for the building using Green cleaning products
  • White roof to minimize heat island effect
  • Ventilation designed to ASHRAE 62-2004

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