Building crews at the Centre for Applied Technology have proven that their 75% target for recycling construction waste or diverting it from the landfill was set low. They've consistently proved capable of more: in this case 23% more.
Since July 2013 when the project began, more than 98% of waste generated during construction continues to be diverted or recycled. A diversion rate exceeding 95% is considered “exemplary performance” by the Canada Green Building Council, the national not-for-profit that manages LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The centre will be rated LEED silver when it opens this fall.
“This is an impressive achievement,” says Megan Leslie, sustainability consultant with Stantec. “Consistently diverting such a large percentage of construction waste from the landfill requires tremendous dedication from the construction and waste management teams.”
Diverted waste is kept out of the landfill by redirecting it to manufacturing processes or reusing it. A total of 3,904.71 tonnes of construction waste had been diverted or recycled by Clark Builders and its subcontractors as of Feb. 29, 2016. Here's the breakdown.