The Ron Joyce Centre is a LEED Gold certified building. The certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System focuses on five key areas: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental air quality. There are many items that enable this certification, including:
- Low flow plumbing fixtures.
- Extensive use of construction materials containing recycled content. Wherever possible construction materials were specified that were locally sourced.
- No irrigation on site; drought tolerant plants and sod specified by landscape designer.
- Green housekeeping program for the building using green cleaning products.
- White roof to minimize heat island effect.
- High-efficient lighting and ventilation units
- Designated carpool parking spaces for employees.
- Green power sources for 50 per cent of the building’s electricity.
McMaster was the first university in Ontario to develop and implement a sustainable building policy.