City of Toronto honours SAS as runner up for the Green Toronto Award for
Energy Conservation, and Maclean's magazine names SAS one of Canada's
TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - SAS Canada, the leader in business analytics,
has been honoured for its initiatives in environmental sustainability by both
the City of Toronto and Maclean's magazine.
The City of Toronto named SAS as runner up for the 2009 Green Toronto
Award for Energy Conservation at a public ceremony on April 23, held at the
Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place. SAS was chosen as one of three
finalists due to the results achieved by its LEED-certified Toronto
headquarters. In 2008, the SAS Canada building consumed 62% less energy than
the equivalent typical Ontario office building.
"When we broke ground on our headquarters in 2005 we didn't set out to
build Canada's first LEED-certified newly constructed commercial office
building - our goal was to build the best working environment for our staff
and tenants, and to integrate into the community," said Carl Farrell,
Executive Vice President, SAS Americas. "But we are an employee-driven culture
and green initiatives are an important priority for our staff; so it was
common sense for us to take a leadership role in reducing our environmental
It is this eco-conscious corporate culture that also compelled Canada's
national news magazine, Maclean's, to name SAS one of Canada's Greenest
Employers for 2009. The special designation recognizes employers that lead the
nation in making environmental values part of their organization's culture.
SAS was selected on the strengths of its LEED-certified Toronto headquarters,
as well as sustainability policies such as providing filtered drinking water
instead of bottled water; providing plates, cutlery, mugs and glasses to
discourage the use of disposable items; and donating used laptops and personal
computers to schools and charitable organizations.
SAS Canada headquarters facts
- LEED Silver certification: the SAS building is the first new
commercial office building in Canada to be certified LEED Silver. The
building meets LEED Canada's five criteria for environmentally
innovative building methods - Sustainable Site, Water Efficiency,
Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental
- Rainwater harvesting system: collects more than one million litres of
water each year for toilet and urinal flushing, and landscaping
purposes; reduces load on city sewer system and demand for municipal
potable water; low-flow hands-free washroom fixtures prevent waste.
- Reduced energy consumption and intensity (electricity and natural
gas): SAS Canada building used 62% less energy per square metre in
2008 than a typical Ontario office building - 269 Kilowatt hours per
square meter per year versus the average Ontario office building's
719 Kilowatt hours per square meter per year; the Building Automation
System allows constant monitoring to identify and resolve excess
energy uses, and implement load-shedding strategies to operate only
the devices necessary.
- Reduced heat island effect: heat reflective roof reduces ambient
temperature in the immediate neighbourhood, and within the building.
- Lighting: floor-to-ceiling windows on south and west sides allow
optimal levels of interior daylight and a three-storey high atrium
topped with a skylight admits additional daylight into the interior
top three floors. Low E glass coatings reduce amount of heat entering
through windows while allowing 95% of light through. Indirect
lighting uses 30% less energy and distributes up to 50% more light
than typical overhead fixtures. Totally indirect overhead lighting
means no computer screen glare or lighting "hotspots"; lighting uses
T5HO light tubes (highest efficiency/lowest CO2 emissions) versus T12
or T8 fluorescent tubes.
- Air quality: under-floor air distribution saves cooling energy and
adds enhanced comfort through improved air quality; workspaces
equipped with manually adjustable floor air diffusers; ultra-
efficient air filtering (95%) ensures optimal air quality; all
materials used in building construction and interior design are low-
VOC (i.e. emit little or no volatile organic compounds, toxins or
- Recyclable materials content: carpet tiles are made from more than
90% recycled content and are 100% recyclable; almost all office
chairs are 100% recyclable and were made in a factory powered by
wind-generated electricity; building structure is made of concrete
with a high percentage of recycled material which can be recycled at
its end of life.
- Recycling program: all desks and workspaces are supplied with normal
waste and recycling bins. The collected building waste is further
sorted into three streams by contracted staff before entering the
external waste stream. The SAS Building diverts more than 85% of its
generated waste from landfills; all SAS printers are set to default
double-side printing to reduce paper use.
- Kitchen areas: SAS supplies reusable cups, plates and utensils to
eliminate paper or plastic waste; serveries on each floor are
equipped with chilled and filtered water from special faucets rather
than bottled water.
- Transportation: 9 transit routes within 1/4 mile of building; free
employee shuttle bus to Union Station during morning and evening rush
hours; secure indoor bicycle storage and shower/changing facilities.
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the
largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through
innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps
customers at more than 45,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by
making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers
around the world The Power to Know(R)
The Canadian subsidiary of SAS has been in operation for 21 years.
Headquartered in Toronto, SAS employs 240 people across the country at its
Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montréal offices.
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For further information:
For further information: Editorial Contact: Leslie McNab, SAS Canada,
Leslie.McNab@sas.com, (416) 307-4645; Visit the SAS Press Center
www.sas.com/presscenter; Editorial Contact: Chris Conrath, Environics
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