Media Advisory - 'Green' Buildings in the Spotlight at BOMA Toronto Event



    TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - 'Green' buildings will be in the spotlight when
more than 500 professionals gather to celebrate industry excellence this
evening.
    Presented by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater
Toronto (BOMA Toronto), the annual awards event recognizes buildings and
management teams that have achieved outstanding success. This year, special
tribute will be paid to the latest buildings meeting environmental benchmarks
under BOMA Canada's Go Green Certification Program.
    And with Earth Day coming up, it is appropriate that the highest scoring
Go Green Plus building will be presented with the annual Earth Award.

    
    WHEN:     Thursday, April 19, 2007
              Awards Dinner - 6:00 p.m. start

    WHERE:    Liberty Grand
              25 British Columbia Road
              Exhibition Place, Toronto
    

    A survey released by BOMA Toronto this week 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. The survey findings follow this advisory.
    Because of media deadlines, reporters/editors will be provided with the
winners' names and relevant information on an embargoed basis in advance of
the event.



    BOMA Survey Shows Leading Office Buildings
    Making Impressive Environmental Gains

    TORONTO (April 18, 2007) - 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.
    "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."





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