ROUYN-NORANDA, QC, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Gaz Métro is proud to
announce the official opening today of its new office for the
Abitibi-Témiscamingue region in Rouyn-Noranda, built according to LEED
CI criteria. We are delighted to be one of the first in Rouyn-Noranda
to request LEED certification in the CI category. This is also the
first Gaz Métro regional office to follow in the footsteps of Head
Office in Montréal, one of the first buildings in Québec to receive a
LEED CI, Silver certificate in 2010. Gaz Métro will submit its request
for certification in early 2013 and hopes to obtain it in 2014.
"This announcement, along with the many commitments outlined recently in
our Sustainable Development Roadmap, confirms our desire to be in the
forefront when it comes to sustainable development. This certification
also shows that natural gas, the principal source of energy used in our
facilities, is an important ally, from an economic and environmental
point view, in achieving the objective of sustainable construction in
Québec," said Patrick Cabana, Vice-President, Gas Supply, Procurement
and Regulatory Affairs, at Gaz Métro.
Active in the Rouyn-Noranda region for the past 47 years, Gaz Métro was
able to count on local resources and partnerships to carry out the
project, which gave high priority to using FSC-certified wood as the
main construction material.
The new building, which has a surface area of more than 620 m2 (6,700 ft2) and is located at 579 Témiscamingue in Rouyn-Noranda, has three
sections: an office, a warehouse, and a shelter for service trucks.
Gaz Métro has chosen to be the owner of this business office as
tangible proof of its sustainable presence in the region.
LEED in brief
LEED, which stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design," is an international benchmark for the design, construction and
operation of high-performance green buildings; it promotes an overall
approach to sustainability.
Internationally recognized LEED certification is awarded in Canada by
the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC). The organization conducts
an evaluation according to five principal human and environmental
health criteria: 1. Ecological site improvement; 2. Water efficiency;
3. Energy and atmosphere; 4. Materials and resources; and 5. Indoor
environmental quality. A final criterion: "Innovation and design
process," evaluates expertise in sustainable design and construction,
as well as design practices. www.cagbc.org
About Gaz Métro
With almost $5 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy
provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Quebec,
where its 10,000 km underground network of pipelines serves 300
municipalities and more than 185,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also
present in Vermont, producing electricity and distributing electricity
and natural gas to cater to the needs to some 300,000 customers. Gaz
Métro is actively involved in the development of innovative,
sustainability-oriented energy projects such as the production of wind
power, the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and the
development of biomethane as a renewable energy source. Gaz Métro is
committed to ensuring the satisfaction of its customers, providing
support to businesses, local organizations, families and communities,
and meeting the needs of its partners (Gaz Métro inc. and Valener) and
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