OTTAWA, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, January 16th, The Minto Group's 180 Kent Street office tower became the first and only building in
Ottawa to receive the Building Owners and Managers Association of
Canada (BOMA) Building Environmental Standards (BESt) Level 4
certification - BOMA's highest level of recognition for excellence in
environmental best practices within the commercial building industry.
The BOMA BESt certification program was launched in 2005 to assess
commercial building operations in the areas of air quality, water
conservation, heat recovery, energy reduction, preventative
maintenance, tenant relations, waste recovery and environmental plans.
Buildings are scored on the effectiveness and implementation of
strategies in these areas and more; obtaining a prestigious Level 4
rating indicates a building has achieved a score of 90 per cent or
higher in all categories.
"To obtain this rating you must not only build a state of the art
building, but it must be operated and maintained to the highest
standards to ensure it reduces its environmental impact as designed,"
says Oryst Deneka, Director of Property Operations for 180 Kent Street.
Striving for LEED® Platinum, 180 Kent Street was built in 2009 to be a
green office tower, featuring a number of innovations including a
rainwater harvesting system, green roof and heat recovery units. Now
fully leased, 180 Kent is home to a wide range of commercial tenants
including government, retail, restaurant and financial services. In
2010, the office tower boasted 55 per cent water savings and 52 per
cent energy savings compared to a commercial tower built to model
national energy code for buildings (MNECB). And in 2011, 180 Kent
Street fulfilled its commitment to eliminating approximately 825 tonnes
of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG's).
"It's important to recognize the partnership that has been built between
Minto tenants and its employees through a collaborative green council,
and how vital the cooperation between managers and tenants is to ensure
the facility is operating at maximum efficiency," says Angie McMurray
of McMurray Environmental Solutions, who provides consulting services
for 180 Kent Street's waste management strategy.
The Minto Group has been recognized as one of Canada's most established
green home builders and received a number of accolades for
environmental achievements throughout 2011.
Background - A Year of Green Tributes
In April 2011, Minto ranked as one of Aon Hewitt's Top 30 green
employers in Canada - a title decided by employees scoring their
organization's environmental stewardship. The "Green 30" acknowledges
companies whose integration of environmental strategy, footprint
reduction and internal green culture into the work environment and
business plan is recognized and appreciated by employees.
Last May, Minto was praised by the Canadian Secretariat for the Asia
Pacific Partnership (APP) on Clean Development and Climate for its
important role in the Canada-led Zero Energy Housing (ZEH) project.
Minto's vast body of work investigating the feasibility of building
zero energy homes on a community scale was applauded by Environment
Canada representatives who recognized the company for its
above-and-beyond contribution including: helping define the ZEH project
and providing tools and expertise to international builders during
events in Mexico, China, US and Australia.
In the fall of 2011, Minto was recognized for the second year in a row
and third time in four years as the Ontario Home Builders' Association
(OHBA) GREEN Builder of the Year. This celebrated award is given to a
home builder that demonstrates environmental excellence and leadership
in sustainability through environmentally-friendly building designs and
techniques, leading-edge waste management strategies, a model internal
green culture and support of the green building industry.
Shortly thereafter, Minto was recognized for its community of Stonefield
Flats in Barrhaven - the largest LEED for Homes multi-family community
in Canada - which won Green Development of the Year at the Greater
Ottawa Home Builders' Association (GOHBA) Housing Design Awards. Later
in 2011, Minto Properties was also recognized at the Federation of
Rental Housing Providers (FRPO) MAC (Marketing, Achievement and
Construction) Awards with the Environmental Award of Excellence for
Toronto's Richgrove Village - a building FRPO commended for its
sustainability principles and consequently reduced environmental
footprint during the planning, design and building phases of the
Established in 1955, Minto is an Ottawa-based real estate, development, construction and property
management company with operations also in Toronto, London and Florida.
Image with caption: "Minto's 180 Kent Street - Ottawa's Greenest Office Tower (CNW Group/The Minto Group)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120126_C6798_PHOTO_EN_9240.jpg
SOURCE The Minto Group
For further information:
Gwen Cox, Director of Communications
The Minto Group, Inc.