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Going for LEED® Gold

Ivey Business School’s inspiring Richard Ivey Building at Western University incorporates more than just state-of-the-art architectural design. Thanks to a generous $8-million gift from the Richard M. Ivey Family, it also integrates the best in green building, design, and construction, which contributes to the community’s productivity and well-being.

The facility has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification from the Canada Green Building Council. LEED® is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in more than 132 countries. LEED® recognizes that sustainability should be at the heart of all buildings – in their design, construction, and operation. While LEED® Silver is the minimum standard for new buildings at Western University, Ivey received LEED® Gold certification, which is a consistent standard to expect from a leading-edge organization.

Materials and Resources

Approximately 17 per cent (by cost) of the construction materials have a high recycled-content value and 81 per cent of the construction waste was diverted from landfill through measures such as recycling. 

Image of construction on Richard Ivey Building
Exterior Image of Ivey Building at Night

Sustainable Sites

Addressing environmental concerns outside the building is as important as the green features inside. The building is surrounded by major bus routes and its parking lot offers preferred parking for carpoolers and ample room for bicycle storage. This is all in an effort to encourage alternative transportation.

Additionally, outdoor lighting is designed with nocturnal environments in mind. The system minimizes light from spilling to surrounding areas. Glare-reduction features create optimal nighttime visibility.

Innovation in Design

Reducing the building’s water consumption is an important cost-savings and environment- protecting measure. Water-efficient washroom features, including a cistern and piping system that allows rainwater to flush toilets, reduce potable water use by 58 per cent. The building’s surrounding landscape has drought-resistant vegetation and does not require a permanent irrigation system, which eliminates the need for potable water irrigation on the grounds.

Our cleaning program is designed with the health of the community and environment in mind. The building has a green housekeeping program, which uses only safe and environmentally-friendly products.

Image of Ivey Building Pond
Image of a corridor in the Ivey building, showing the wood construction materials

Indoor Environmental Quality

When the Richard Ivey Building was built, all adhesives and sealants; paints and coatings; and carpet, composite wood, and laminate adhesives were low-emitting materials that gave off little or no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Daylighting is used in approximately 75 per cent of the occupied space with skylights bringing natural light to the second and third floors, and glass enclosures bringing in natural light to areas like the J J Wettlaufer Dean’s Suite.

Energy and Atmosphere

Conserving energy resources leads to a cleaner, healthier environment. The building’s equipment does not contain hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), a harmful ozone-depleting pollutant. Design of the building’s Love Family Quadrangle has a two-pronged impact on water efficiency and energy reduction. Its sloping roofs collect rainwater, which feeds the nearby reflecting pool. Water evaporating from the pool cools the outdoor air before it is supplied to the air-handling system, further reducing the building’s energy use. It is one of the key components that makes our building eligible for Gold LEED® certification.

Ivey Quadrangle

Gold LEED Highlights

  • Building materials harvested from renewable sources
  • Water-efficient washroom features
  • Daylighting in occupied spaces
  • Renewable energy sources Environmentally-friendly cleaning products
  • Access to alternative transportation methods