October 18, 2017
RMHC Toronto has been certified LEED Gold
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto has always been green, and now we’re officially Gold! LEED Gold, that is. We are proud to have recently received our LEED Gold Certification from the Canada Green Building Council, recognizing our efficiently-designed building and our commitment to the well-being of our families.
When designing this House in 2007, the concept of a “healthy building” informed much of the planning. Air quality, efficiency and access to daylight were among the strongest considerations. In a House where many children have compromised immune systems, proper air pressure is maintained in each room to prevent cross-contamination.
We are also conscious of the environment and our accountability to donors, so efficiency is always top of mind. The building’s environmentally-friendly features include:
- the use of stormwater to irrigate gardens
- solar panels to heat domestic water
- the use of recycled materials
- bike racks and close proximity to TTC stations to reduce the need for parking spaces and to reduce traffic congestion and auto emissions; and
- high-performance windows that offer immediate savings on heating and cooling costs of between 18 and 30 per cent.
“RMHC Toronto is delighted to have received LEED Gold Certification for its efforts and is committed to continuing to operate at peak efficiency,” says Sally Ginter, CEO. “Thank you to our donors who allow us to be a leader in providing a healthy, family-focused environment for seriously ill children and their families.”