IGA Saint-Pascal de Kamouraska Canada's first green supermarket, receives LEED certification

    MONTREAL, Dec. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Sobeys Québec is proud to announce that
the IGA supermarket in Saint-Pascal de Kamouraska has received LEED
certification. This makes it the first LEED-certified supermarket in Canada.
    LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification,
awarded by the Canadian Green Building Council, is based on a thorough
evaluation of a building's environmental performance. Areas assessed include
sustainable site design, efficient water management, energy efficiency and air
quality measures, optimal management of materials and resources and, finally,
measures for a healthier environment inside the building.
    One of the features at the Saint-Pascal de Kamouraska IGA store is a
solar wall to reduce energy consumption for heating. Heat given off by the
refrigeration system is also recovered and used to heat the store. These
measures help reduce store energy consumption by 43% compared to Canadian
standards for similar buildings. The supermarket is in fact self-sufficient
for heating, while water consumption has been reduced by 47%. All construction
materials were carefully chosen to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC)
emissions into the surrounding air.
    "In the last five years, our Investment and Development Plan for IGA in
Quebec was combined with a constant search for creative new ways to improve
our methods, and we've taken what we've learned and incorporated it into our
construction standards. Today all new Sobeys Québec supermarkets are
constructed according to the principles of sustainable building," says
engineer Simon Bérubé, Senior Director, Store Engineering at Sobeys Québec.
    Sobeys Québec is currently building a distribution centre in
Trois-Rivières which will also be submitted for LEED certification. A second
supermarket in Rivière-des-Prairies is currently in the process of obtaining
LEED certification.
    Saint-Pascal de Kamouraska's green supermarket is the second building in
Quebec to receive LEED certification from the Canadian Green Building Council,
after the TOHU pavilion. It is also the second LEED-certified commercial
building in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Anne-Hélène Lavoie, Senior Consultant,
Communications, (514) 324-1010, extension 2158; Source: Sobeys Québec

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