BOMA Survey Shows Leading Office Buildings Making Impressive Environmental Gains



    TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - According to a survey conducted by the Building
Owners and Managers Association of Greater Toronto (BOMA Toronto), commercial
buildings that have committed to meeting environmental targets under its Go
Green Plus program are demonstrating some remarkable success.
    The survey, released today, found that the 32 buildings in the Greater
Toronto Area that are certified Go Green Plus perform significantly better
than other buildings on three key environmental benchmarks. "They consume less
energy, use less water, and divert more waste from landfill," said Chuck
Stradling, Executive Vice President of BOMA Toronto.
    For example, the 'green' buildings use 11 per cent less energy on
average. When aggregated for all 32 buildings, the additional savings amount
to 112 million kWh annually - enough to power more than 12,000 homes each
year.
    The 'green' buildings also use a lot less water - 18 per cent less than
average. That represents almost 600,000 cubic meters of additional water saved
each year by the 32 buildings, enough to fill 240 Olympic-sized swimming
pools.
    Waste diversion rates are another area where Go Green Plus buildings are
doing well, achieving rates that are 17 per cent greater than the average.
Over a period of a year, that represents an additional diversion of more than
27,000 metric tonnes of waste for the 32 buildings - an amount that would fill
554 tractor trailers. Assuming that 85 per cent of the material is paper or
cardboard, the additional diversion to recycling saves an estimated 264,000
trees a year.
    On Thursday, April 19 - ahead of Earth Day this Sunday - BOMA Toronto
will present its annual Earth Award to the highest scoring Go Green Plus
building at its Celebration of Excellence event.
    "Increasingly, large commercial properties are seeing the many benefits
of going green. They can reduce their operating costs, keep their tenants
happy, and help to improve the environment," said Stradling.
    "At the same time, buildings that are environmentally friendly gain a
competitive advantage. More and more today, it is a factor in tenants'
location decisions. People want to work in green buildings."
    The Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto today became the latest
commercial building to be awarded Go Green Plus certification. The
Broadcasting Centre scored particularly high marks for energy efficiency. It
joins la Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal, which was certified last year, as
outstanding examples of CBC/Radio-Canada's continuing commitment to
environmentally responsible building management.
    BOMA Toronto is also spearheading a Conservation and Demand Management
(CDM) program, in partnership with the Ontario Power Authority, which is
targeting 150 MW of electricity savings from eligible commercial buildings in
Toronto over the next three years.

    About Go Green Plus

    The BOMA Go Green and Go Green Plus program has been operating for a
little more than two years. Go Green is a best practices model. Go Green Plus
adds a more in-depth benchmarking tool for managers who want to continuously
monitor and tune their buildings' environmental performance.
    To date, 235 commercial properties have been certified Go Green and 48
have been certified Go Green Plus across the country. The program is voluntary
and is offered as a service by BOMA Canada to all member and non-member
commercial building owners. For a complete list of certified properties visit
www.bomagogreen.com.





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