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Winnipeg's RBC Convention Centre LEED Silver Certification

Winnipeg’s RBC Convention Centre Achieves LEED Silver Certification, yet Another Smart Reason to Meet Here.

Smack dab in the middle of Canada, Winnipeg has always been a convenient place for meetings and conventions. With its unique venues and performance spaces for group gatherings, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, new developments underway at True North Square, and Canada’s newest convention centre expansion, there are countless reasons why smart planners choose to convene here. Now they can add another reason to the growing list: RBC Convention Centre’s $180 million building expansion has received LEED Silver Certification.

“We are honoured to receive this certification, which reflects our numerous efforts to protect the environment and to make sustainable development a priority,” said Klaus Lahr, President and CEO, RBC Convention Centre.

RBC Convention Centre

LEED® Certified buildings meet one of the highest environmental performance standards in the world, assessed by site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, material selection, indoor air quality and innovation in design.

“Not only does our new building meet strict standards, we are working to sustain an overall greener facility in the existing building as well,” Lahr adds.

Since 2007, the convention centre has been a BOMA BESt certified building by the Building Owners and Managers Association, leading the way in energy and water conservation, waste reduction, indoor air quality and operational best practices. As part of its ongoing monitoring or resource consumption the RBC Convention Centre improves processes and implements new technologies that support a greener facility, including:

  • uses computer systems to monitor all engines in the facility, turning them off during off-peak hours (in unused space or overnight)
  • ensures electrical circuits in order, to turn off lights/power in stages
  • replacement of all incandescent and mercury light fixtures with energy efficient options
  • timers to operate the parkade lights (reduced during off-peak hours)
  • automation of trade show service forms, eliminating printed materials, envelopes and postage required to mail the thousands of packages to show managers and exhibitors
  • donation or sale of used materials/items in any remodeling processes (all fixtures, wiring, and furniture are donated or sold at a reduced rate)
  • employs a hybrid heating system that uses real-time intelligent controls to track and manage heating demand and automatically switches between fossil fuel based heating sources and electric heat to reduce energy costs, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase efficiencies
  • elimination of plastic water bottles replacing them with water stations

Interested in meetings at the RBC Convention Centre? Begin planning here.