Airline's headquarters cited for innovation and environmental
CALGARY, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced its Calgary
campus headquarters has attained gold certification under the
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
Administered in Canada by the Canada Green Building Council, the LEED
program is a rating system for the design, construction and operation
of green buildings. Areas of focus include site selection and
management, water efficiency, energy efficiency and protection of the
atmosphere, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Features of the WestJet campus include:
The rainwater captured from the building's reflective roof is stored in
a 265,000-litre water tank and used for irrigating the surrounding
native species landscaping and trees.
The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system uses the latest
technologies including a hybrid geothermal exchange system that is
expected to be 50 per cent more efficient than a building built with
conventional systems, resulting in an annual savings of 1,300 tons of
The building uses 42 per cent less water due to the installation of
high-efficiency water fixtures.
Over 17 per cent of materials used in the building, including the
concrete, carpets and furnishings, are made from reclaimed and recycled
Over 75 per cent of construction waste was sorted into bins and sent for
WestJet promotes alternative transportation options such as carpooling
and provides bike racks and locker rooms to promote cycling to work.
"We are very proud of our LEED® Gold status," said Dennis Dowling, WestJet's Director of Corporate Real
Estate. "When we first began thinking about a new headquarters, our
primary objective was to design, build and operate a home for our
WestJetters that honoured our corporate culture and values. A green
design means the overall impact of the building on the environment is
reduced as energy and water consumption is reduced, natural resources
are conserved and materials are re-used. Our campus is a key part of
our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability."
WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service
throughout its 71-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted
into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named
one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in
Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live
seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 96
Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries
for an additional 39 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one
of the five most successful international airlines in the world.
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