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RBC Centre Becomes Largest LEED NC Certified Project in Canada
FOR: THE CADILLAC FAIRVIEW CORPORATION LIMITED
JAN 4, 2012 - 16:12 ET
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 4, 2012) -
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Attention: Environmental and Business Reporters
The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited is proud to announce that the RBC Centre has attained LEED® Gold Certification becoming the largest certified LEED for New Construction project in Canada. This award marks a special accomplishment for RBC Centre, a 1.2 million square foot office tower in downtown Toronto.
"Achieving LEED Gold Certification at RBC Centre is a major accomplishment and something our team is quite proud of," said Steven Sorensen, Vice President, Property Operations, Cadillac Fairview. "Cadillac Fairview has long been committed to environmental sustainability and RBC Centre was designed with sustainability built into every detail."
In order to achieve LEED Gold NC, RBC Centre had to meet strict, measurable benchmarks and earn credits in five categories - Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality.
The following green features helped RBC Centre meet the standards of the five LEED categories:
- Sustainable Enwave Deep Lake Cooling System provides cost efficient cooling
- Raised flooring for maximum HVAC distribution/energy conservation
- Power conservation through indirect lighting/lighting sensors
- Light shelves for natural light reflection and maximum penetration
- Energy efficient exposed ceiling option
- Non-toxic materials used in construction
- Diversion of construction waste to recycling process
- Energy-wise operational windows on lower floors
- Sunshades on the podium floors
- Emergency power provided by four bi-fuel diesel generators
- Six fresh air changes per hour
- Fabric blinds on windows to respond to exterior light conditions
- Storage facility for bicycles
The RBC Centre achieved a predicted 40 per cent energy cost savings and 47 per cent indoor water savings. The Centre will be pursuing LEED for Commercial Interiors certification as well.
About the RBC Centre
The RBC Centre is a profound example of just how much things have changed. This 1.2 million sq. ft. LEED NC Gold office tower is extraordinary in every possible way, providing tenants with an operating environment that supports not only their strategic ambitions, but also their long-term commitments to employees and the greater neighbourhood.
Designed by the architectural firms Kohn Pedersen Fox and Bregman + Hamann Architects, RBC Centre is Green architecture at its very best. From building systems to materials to natural light balance on every floor, RBC Centre is an environment built for organizations with big ideas.
About RBC Centre's sustainable initiatives
Throughout Cadillac Fairview, sustainable thinking has turned into committed action. Through our company-wide GREEN AT WORK™ program, rigorous performance standards have been established for all existing and new properties in important areas such as energy and water conservation, waste management, material selection and usage, and product and service procurement.
Down to the smallest detail, RBC Centre has been created through a green lens to meet rigorous LEED NC Gold standards, with equal emphasis on performance. For more information, visit RBC Centre Green.
About Cadillac Fairview
The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited is one of North America's largest investors, owners and managers of commercial real estate. For more than 50 years Cadillac Fairview has been leading the way in commercial real estate with innovative design, development and management. With a portfolio valued at more than $19 billion, Cadillac Fairview and its affiliates own and manage nearly 49 million square feet of leasable space at 87 properties across North America.
Cadillac Fairview is wholly-owned by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, which invests to secure the retirement income of 295,000 active and retired teachers in Ontario.
RBC and Sustainability
RBC has long been committed to environmental sustainability. The RBC Environmental Blueprint formalizes RBC's longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, outlining our policy, priorities and objectives which include reducing the intensity of our environmental footprint, promoting responsible lending, and offering environmentally responsible products and services. Recognized among the world's financial, social and environmental leaders, RBC is listed on the 2010-2011 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the DJSI North American Index. RBC has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers, one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers, one of Canada's 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations and one of the Best Workplaces in Canada. RBC is also listed on the Jantzi Social Index, the FTSE4Good Index, and the Canadian Carbon Disclosure Project Leadership Index.
For the latest information on RBC's green business trends, projects and environmental research, visit www.rbc.com/community-sustainability/environment. Or subscribe to the free, bi-monthly e-newsletter, green@RBC.
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The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
Vice President Operations, Toronto Office Portfolio