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Rideau Valley Conservation Centre — Facility Rental
Consider the RVCA's Gold Level LEED Building for your next event!
 
     
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Located just outside of Ottawa, 10 minutes from the Ottawa international Airport and near the scenic Village of Manotick, the Rideau Valley Conservation Centre (RVCC) offers a unique environmental setting for your next meeting or retreat. The RVCC is a gold level LEED certified building — the first in eastern Ontario. Learn more about our LEED features here.

   
To book or for more information contact:

Michelle Paton
michelle.paton@rvca.ca
613-692-3571 et. 1177

 

     
     
   
What is LEED?
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is considered the worldwide standard in the construction of sustainable buildings. LEED is all about reducing or eliminating the negative impacts  of building materials and the construction process on the occupants of  the building.
     
     
  RVCC Rental Features
 
 
    Atrium — a large, wide-open, airy space that can be used for meetings, gatherings and more. Full access to the boardroom kitchen via a pass-through.
       
   
     
    Monterey Boardroom — large, 90-person sit-down capacity meeting room that is perfect for meetings, presentations or any gathering — audio visual equipment is available.
       
 
     
    Meeting Room — perfect for smaller meetings. Full hook-ups for computers. It boasts a large meeting table, comfy chairs and large flat-screen TV, great for presentations.
     
     
     
   

Kitchen — perfect for food served at your meeting or event. Coffee, tea, sugar and creamer are available at no extra charge. A refrigerator, full-size stove, microwave and dishwasher are available for your use. Also, plates, small bowls, coffee mugs and utensils for up to 40 people can be used. Garbage cans, blue box and black box are on site.

       
   
     
    Outdoor Terrace — a beautiful, tranquil setting with picnic tables and a fountain. It's the perfect place to set up a BBQ, or just enjoy the fresh air during meeting breaks or lunch.
       
     
     
     
    Beryl Gaffney Park — Take a break from your meeting and explore trails of Beryl Gaffney Park. Trails lead from our picnic area into tranquil forest setting along the Rideau River.
       
   
     
    Other Features — Free fresh air and parking
     
     
    RVCC Green Building Features — Inside and Out!
     
   

Our energy and water efficient facility offers a large meeting room, an outdoor courtyard, kitchen and lobby area. Our outdoor space opens to the Beryl Gaffney Park and lovely walking trails that lead to the shore of the Rideau River. The RVCC is a nice departure from the concrete jungle.

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority has been caring for the environment for over 40 years. Part of our commitment to the environment includes respecting the ecosystem we operate in and lessening our impact on it. That’s why, it is only natural for us to build a “green” building —  one that saves energy, improves efficiency and reduces waste. We welcome you to our building for your next meeting or staff retreat. By choosing our facility for your meeting, you have helped to continue the RVCA’s efforts in conservation and sustainable management.

   
 
Building Green Means . . .
     
 

Designing for the Site — Sustainable site planning means we’ve developed and integrated the design of our building with the ecological and environmental aspects of Beryl Gaffney Park. We minimized tree removal and have planted more trees than we’ve removed. Our two-story building minimizes the footprint on the site and will also act as the gateway to the public park. The landscaping integrates the building within the setting of Beryl Gaffney Park. A water feature meanders around the entire building perimeter connected to shallow swales and a stormwater pond. The building and landscape fit into this mini-watershed. It is a fitting and welcome home to the conservation authority. The RVCA also encourages alternative transportation such as car pooling and bicycling to work.

 

Integrating Water Efficiency — Reducing water use in the building immediately impacts the environment and results in both water and money savings. Rainwater is collected and used to top-up a pond at the front entrance as well as irrigate an indoor garden. Landscaping uses only hardy native species. Greywater is collected, treated and used to flush toilets. Water conserving fixtures are used throughout the building including waterless urinals and dual flush toilets.

     

Using Less Energy — Our new headquarters consumes 42 percent less energy than a typical similar office building. The building is situated to make use of wonderful natural lighting. Energy efficient windows and sunscreens allow for passive heating and cooling — maximum heat gain in the winter and minimal heat gain in the summer. Energy efficient lighting is used throughout the building. Hydronic heating, heat exchange systems and zone controlling thermostats all contribute to energy efficiency.

     

Choosing the Right Materials — Recycling building materials recovered during construction keeps them out of landfills and leads to less destruction of natural habitats and resources. We were able to divert 75 percent of our construction waste away from landfill. Where possible, we used building materials that were manufactured within the local region to support the use of indigenous resources and reduce the environmental impacts from transportation. The use of reused/recycled materials, products and furnishing was also a consideration.

     
 

Improving Indoor Environmental Quality — Concern for indoor air quality ensured the comfort and well being of installers during construction. Low emitting materials in paints, carpet and adhesives were used to minimize volatile organic compound emissions. The ventilation system also ran for two weeks to “flush out” the building prior to moving in. There’s also a strong connection between indoor spaces and the outdoors through the introduction of daylight and views into the regularly occupied areas of the building.

     
 

Investing in New and Innovative Technology — The RVCA strived to achieve exceptional performance for the stormwater and wastewater management systems. The objective was to deal with stormwater and wastewater on site. We also wanted to practice water conservation. Our sewage system are “tertiary treatment units” meaning they provide superior treatment to that of a conventional system. Greywater is treated for reuse. Black water is treated using a septic tank followed by various treatment units and a constructed wetland.

     
   

 

Make it a Carbon Neutral Event
We can help you make your next event even greener! We can plant trees to offset the carbon generated by your function.

Contact us to learn more.