BURLINGTON, ON, June 12 /CNW/ - Union Gas today announced the completion
of a new energy efficient and environmentally friendly building to serve as
the new Burlington regional centre. The announcement was made at the site of
the new building, 4475 Mainway, Burlington. On-hand to assist Julie Dill,
president, Union Gas with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting were the Honourable
Jim Watson Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Peter Love, Chief
Energy Conservation Officer, Ontario Power Authority.
Union Gas' new Burlington office has been built to a Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard and features state-of-the art
energy and environmental technologies. The new office is the regional hub for
Union Gas and will serve as a base for approximately 70 employees.
"This new building showcases some of the best environmental technologies
available today, which we project will deliver energy savings of more than 25
per cent compared to conventional buildings," said Dill.
Union's new Burlington office will feature:
- natural gas micro turbines to supply the energy needs of the office;
- computerized control of lighting, heating & cooling systems;
- a building design which will provide 75% of employees with natural
lighting in their workspace, thus reducing the need for electrical
- the harvesting of rainwater for toilets;
- drought-resistant and native plants.
"I want to congratulate Union Gas for taking a cutting edge approach to
energy efficiency," said Jim Watson Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
"Their leadership will serve as role model for others to follow suit."
"Energy conservation is invisible," said Peter Love, Chief Energy
Conservation Officer, Ontario Power Authority. "You can't see it. But you can
see that an energy efficient building that saves energy and water, and reduces
greenhouse gas emissions, can be very attractive and comfortable. Union Gas
is, again, showing leadership in the area of sustainability."
Over the past few years, Union Gas has been taking steps to reduce its
energy consumption at its existing buildings across Ontario by replacing
office light fixtures to reduce electricity consumption by about 58 per cent;
installing low-flow showerheads, hands-free faucets and self-flushing toilets
to reduce water consumption by 20 to 40 per cent, and replacing existing air
conditioning units in our largest office with new energy-efficient units.
In addition, Union Gas has been delivering energy efficiency programs to
its customers for over a decade. Last year alone, these programs helped our
customers reduce their consumption of natural gas by over 90 million cubic
metres - the equivalent of heating and water heating for more than 35,000
"Union Gas is committed to environmental responsibility and building
vibrant communities. These new facilities are part of our larger plan to
reduce our energy consumption and lighten our environmental footprint," said
Union Gas is an integrated natural gas storage, transmission and
distribution company serving about 1.3 million residential, commercial and
industrial customers in more than 400 communities in northern, southwestern
and eastern Ontario. Union Gas is a Spectra Energy company. Spectra Energy
Corp (NYSE: SE) is one of North America's premier natural gas infrastructure
companies serving three key links in the natural gas value chain: gathering
and processing, transmission and storage and distribution. For close to a
century, Spectra Energy and its predecessor companies have developed
critically important pipelines and related energy infrastructure connecting
natural gas supply sources to premium markets. Based in Houston, Texas, the
company operates in the United States and Canada approximately 18,000 miles of
transmission pipeline, 265 billion cubic feet of storage, natural gas
gathering and processing, natural gas liquids operations and local
distribution assets. Spectra Energy Corp also has a 50 percent ownership in
DCP Midstream, one of the largest natural gas gatherers and processors in the
United States. Visit www.spectraenergy.com for more information.
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