TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI) today
announced that its Corporate West offices and ThinkFOOD! Centre in
Mississauga, Ontario, have been awarded the Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Core and Shell (CS) Gold certification by
the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) - making this only the second
project to achieve this level in Ontario.
LEED CS is a green building rating system for designers, builders,
developers and new building owners who want to address sustainable
design for new core and shell construction. Core and shell covers base
building elements such as structure, envelope and the heating,
ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
"We have a strong commitment to environmental responsibility across all
our operations and activities and this project reinforces that
commitment," said Anne Tennier, Vice President, Environmental Affairs,
Maple Leaf Foods.
The 152,000 square-foot building located at 6897 Financial Drive, owned
by the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) and
managed by Bentall LP, was designed specifically for Maple Leaf Foods
and incorporates many sustainable features including:
A Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) white roof to reduce the heat island
Low flow fixtures that result in greater than 40 per cent water savings
Overall energy performance that is 36 per cent better than a typical
model building as a result of:
Advanced HVAC systems with heat recovery and high efficiency boilers
Demand control based ventilation systems that improve part load
efficiency, indoor air quality and provide greater occupant comfort
Advanced lighting controls and a design of less than 0.6 watts per
square-foot for lighting
Green energy being purchased for base building loads
More than 75 per cent of construction waste diverted from landfill
Meter sockets on each floor that measure electricity use for lighting
and plug loads, allowing tenants to better understand consumption
Building materials selected for high recycled and regional content,
and low volatile organic compound (VOC) content
Green management initiatives such as green cleaning and recycling
programs, that include organic waste, which will divert over 80 per
cent of ongoing waste from landfill
Eco parking spaces and bike storage facilities for tenants
"Achieving Gold level LEED certification is a major
accomplishment-especially for a facility of this size and complexity-and
is the product of strong tenant-landlord collaboration throughout the
entire project," said Tennier. "All teams were on board and committed
from day one to achieving the points needed to secure this
internationally recognized certification."
Bentall LP is the largest Canadian-based real estate advisory and
services organization, with over $16 billion in assets under management.
Bentall's business is built on a solid foundation of real estate
knowledge and exacting fiduciary standards. Bentall serves major
institutional and private investors, supplying a range of asset
management, property management, leasing and development services to
over 100 clients.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading food processing company,
headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately
23,500 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States,
the United Kingdom, and Asia. The Company had sales of $5.2 billion in
SOURCE Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
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