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Mount Royal, September 8, 2014 – The new wing of the Reginald J. P. Dawson Library has been officially certified LEED Canada Gold for New Construction (NC). Mayor Philippe Roy and members of Town Council today unveiled a plaque certifying the wing as the Town’s very first building to be constructed in compliance with the environmental standards issued by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

“We are very proud now to have a municipal building in Mount Royal that is designed to LEED Canada standards, especially since it is one of our most visited institutions,” said Mayor Roy. “As environmental issues are a key focus of our administration, it is only natural to offer the public a facility that places emphasis on protecting and preserving the environment.”

To qualify for LEED Canada Gold certification, the new building had to score between 60 and 79 points. The evaluation is based on five environmental categories: Sustainable Sites; Water Efficiency; Energy and Atmosphere; Materials and Resources; and Indoor Environmental Quality. The library garnered a total 64 points. In awarding its score, the CaGBC also took into account the Innovation in Design and Regional Priority criteria.

Opened in 1967, the original Reginald J. P. Dawson Library recently got a makeover to meet the needs of its ever-expanding clientele. By upgrading its existing facility and adding a new wing built with modern, sustainable materials, the library now offers users more spacious surroundings, a brand new room for exhibits and meetings and a reading area equipped with outlets for portable devices. The expansion project also included work that has facilitated access for the elderly and persons with reduced mobility.