It’s not just how we build; it’s what we leave behind for future generations.
Chandos’ waste diversion program began well before there were any regulations or standard practices for the construction industry.
Our commitment has been to divert a minimum of 75% of waste from each project by recycling as many concrete, wood, paper, plastic, metal, and drywall remnants as possible. Our waste diversion rates over the past four years have been close to 80%. Our Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus consistently diverted more than 92%! For the Blatchford District Energy System in Edmonton, we recovered more than 90% and used a mobile solar power unit to provide power during construction. This allowed us to divert more than 6,500 litres of diesel and offset 3.5 tons of carbon dioxide from the project site.
We were also one of the early adopters of LEED. In the early 2000’s, we completed the St. John’s Ambulance building in Edmonton, achieving LEED silver certification and winning an award from the province for our environmental excellence. This was our first LEED project, but we won the award because we took the LEED principles and made them a part of our standard operating procedures. Today, we recycle on approximately 90% of our projects regardless of their LEED status. This means we’ve made the choice to recycle because it’s the right thing to do, not because we have to do it.
We’ve developed a strong LEED practice, built the most northerly Net Zero office building in the world, and are adept in Passivhaus, Living Building Challenge, WELL Building Standard, Green Globe and Embodied Carbon.
But that’s not enough.
There is still a lot of work to do and we’re ready for the challenge. We’re using innovation and technology to drive sustainable building practices. And we’re always looking for partners who can challenge us to do better.