Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - A Green First for Ontario



    TRCA unveils Ontario's first platinum certified Green Building

    TORONTO, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - Toronto and Region Conservation's (TRCA) new
Restoration Services Centre has been awarded the prestigious Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED(R)) Platinum certification by the Canada
Green Building Council for its innovative sustainability features. This is the
highest-level of environmental certification available and a first for an
Ontario building.
    Currently there are only four other structures in Canada with the LEED
Platinum designation. TRCA's building was awarded 56 LEED points, the second
highest score among all four buildings to date (NOTE: this statement is only
true as of the date of certification).
    The two-storey, 1095-sq. metre building serves as a showcase of
sustainable design and houses staff from the TRCA's Restoration Services and
Parks & Facilities Divisions in support of TRCA's resource management,
archaeology and conservation area recreation programs.
    "The Restoration Services Building is a physical testament to the
progress we are making in creating a fully sustainable Living City," says Dave
Rogalsky, Manager - Resource Management Projects for TRCA. "We are also proud
to say this achievement has generated interest from international groups to
build similar structures and sets a benchmark for future LEED certified
buildings in Ontario, across the country and around the world."
    LEED is the most reputable rating protocol in North America. Buildings
are judged on the basis of numerous criteria and rated as one of four levels -
certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. LEED credits are awarded for meeting
specific requirements in key categories including sustainable sites, water
efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor
environmental quality and innovation and design that is expected to deliver 57
per cent in energy savings. Features that earned TRCA the Platinum
certification include:

    
    -   Reducing indoor potable water-use by 80 per cent through composting
        toilets, waterless urinals and low-flow faucets;

    -   Optimizing energy cost performance by using ground-source heat pumps
        and heat recovery ventilators to reclaim the heat of the air being
        exhausted, transferring it to the incoming fresh air stream; and

    -   The use of recycled materials including reclaimed brick, recycled
        crushed concrete instead of asphalt and materials with a high
        recycled content.
    

    The building was a collaborative project between TRCA, Montgomery Sisam
Architects, Enermodal Engineering mechanical and electrical engineers, Percon
Construction Inc. and LEED consultants that began April 2006. The incremental
cost to construct the environmentally friendly building was 9.3 per cent more
than it would have been to develop a non-environmental structure.
    "Inspired by TRCA's vision for The Living City(TM) - where human
settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity, the
building has been designed to have a symbiotic relationship with its natural
surroundings," said Santiago Kunzle, architect with Montgomery Sisam
Architects. "The building harvests natural light and ventilation, geothermal
energy and directs all rain water to replenish wetlands that provide habitat
for birds, turtles and insects. The design focuses on using simple, low-cost
solutions to drive high performance sustainability outcomes while creating a
comfortable and inspiring environment for the client. Superior indoor
environment quality is achieved through extensive natural light and
ventilation, low emitting finishes and low velocity fresh air supply."

    
    Event details:

     MEDIA TOUR OF ONTARIO'S GREENEST BUILDING

     WHO:     Presentation by TRCA and Montgomery Sisam Architects; followed
              by an in-depth tour of the building's unique systems and
              architecture. Interviews available with TRCA and Montgomery
              Sisam Architects.

     WHEN:    Thursday, February 7, 2008; 10:00 AM

     WHERE:   9741 Canada Company Ave. Woodbridge, ON

     RSVP:    Rowena Calpito or Kendra Dubyk 416-484-1132.

     Photos:  Photos of the building are available upon request.
    

    With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our
vision is for The Living City(R)-a cleaner, greener and healthier place to
live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call
416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca





For further information:

For further information: and registration, contact: Brown & Cohen
Communications & Public Affairs Inc., (416) 484-1132; Rowena Calpito, ext. 4,
rowena@brown-cohen.com; Wendy Kauffman, ext. 3, wendy@brown-cohen.com


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