Subject: Buildings Policy of the Environmental Policy
Group: Institutional
Approved by: Vice-President, Administration
Approval date: November 28, 2012
Effective date: November 28, 2012
Administered by: Director of Facilities Management


The University is committed to constructing, operating and maintaining its buildings in ways that will reduce operating costs, provide healthy environments for students, faculty, staff and visitors and contribute to the goals of protecting, conserving, and enhancing the environment.


It is the University’s policy to

  • ensure that, whenever it constructs a new building, or does work on an existing building, it will take all reasonable steps necessary to ensure the building is energy efficient, uses no more water than is necessary, and is economical in its use of space
  • ensure Green Globes design processes and environmental assessments and audits are incorporated in planning for such work where it is appropriate to do so;
  • take reasonable steps to achieve measurable life cycle cost savings in respect of its buildings and to minimize their ecological impact. Strategies include but are not limited to:
    • a. rating the energy and environmental performance of existing buildings;
    • b. reporting and implementing short-term building repairs in a timely fashion to reduce carbon and water footprints;
  • ensure that University buildings are operated so as to provide a healthy environment for their occupants; and
  • ensure that existing space is used as efficiently as possible.


Facilities Management will set and review objectives, collect information and report metrics and progress on buildings annually. The metrics to be considered for inclusion are: 

  • Green Globe rating on projects; and
  • carbon emissions calculation