Sustainable Building Features

Because infrastructure can last for several decades, new construction is a significant investment that needs to be properly planned with a long-term vision of how it will benefit, and not burden, future generations.

It is for this reason why understanding and planning for the future impacts of climate change are so important for sustainable development. Climate change represents a huge challenge for sustainability in Maple Ridge, but planning and development actions we take in the present will help to ease the transition we'll be forced to make in the future.

The construction of green buildings is perhaps the most direct example of construction actions that benefit the city in the long term. A green building is a structure that reduces its impact by being resource efficient and environmentally responsible over the course of its life-cycle. They provide the same benefits as conventional buildings, while simultaneously protecting the environment, improving human health and well-being, and conserving valuable resources like water and energy. In extreme cases, green buildings are even able to regenerate natural systems by protecting habitat, cleaning water or harvesting renewable energy.

Some of the more common features of green buildings include: