Air Quality

The Centre obtained four LEED credits for using low-emitting materials. The living wall also contributes to the building's air quality.

Living wall

A 400-plant colony vertically mounted on a 5-storey wall over a duct that “inhales” air so that microorganisms living on the roots can feed on pollutants in the air, acting as a natural air filter. 


Cleans the indoor air of some pollutants. 

Toxic emissions (VOC and formaldehyde)

The Centre for Sustainable Development is aiming for four LEED credits for low-emitting materials: adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, flooring systems, and composite wood and agrifiber products. The low gloss paint used in the Centre contains no more than 50 g/l of volatile organic compounds (VOC). Conventional paints of a comparable type can contain four times that amount.


Emission reduction at the source for many of the products responsible for indoor air pollution.

For more information, check out the interactive exhibit on the building, sign up for a visit with a guide or take a virtual tour of the Centre [French only].