Libro Financial Group Celebrates Grand Opening of "Green" Branch in Kitchener West at Williamsburg Town Centre

    KITCHENER, ON, June 19 /CNW/ - Libro Financial Group celebrated the grand
opening of its "green" branch at 1170 Fischer Hallman Road (at the corner of
Westmount Road) at the Williamsburg Town Centre in west Kitchener this
morning. Carl Zehr, Mayor of Kitchener and Kelly Galloway, South Ward
Councillor brought greetings and remarks on behalf of the city and John
Milloy, MPP Kitchener Centre brought remarks on behalf of the province.
    The branch's design incorporates many environmentally friendly and energy
efficient features. A list of "green" features is attached.
    "This is Libro's third "green" branch. Its design has received four out
of five Green Globes, a third party environmental building rating system. The
designation showcases Libro's leadership in energy efficient and environmental
design practices," says Jack Smit, President and CEO, Libro. "We are committed
to building "green" when we can. We know the importance of reducing our impact
on the environment. We may be new to the Williamsburg neighbourhood but we're
committed to its sustainability!"
    True community sustainability takes not only environmental health into
consideration but also the financial health of area residents. As a local
credit union, Libro's success depends on the success of our customer-owners
and in turn, our communities. Libro liberates banking for owners: we offer the
coaching and advice owners need to take financial control and to own their

    Libro Financial Group - the new name for St. Willibrord Credit Union - is
southwestern Ontario's full-service financial institution operated by a
community of owners and open to everyone. With 48,000 owners and more than
$1.3 billion in assets under administration, Libro delivers a full range of
chequing, savings, investment, RRSP, insurance and loan products along with
financial coaching and advice for consumers, and farm and business owners. For
more information, see

    List of "Green" Features
    Williamsburg Branch Design

    1.  4 out of 5 Green Globes (third party accredited environmental
        building rating system)

    2.  uses 35 to 50% less energy than a similar commercial building
        designed to the Model National Energy Code

    3.  additional levels of formaldehyde-free insulation in walls and R-40
        rigid insulation on roof

    4.  high performance, thermally broken, aluminium window frames and
        entrance framing

    5.  argon filled, low e, insulated glass, triple pane performance

    6.  heat recovery unit employed

    7.  water conserving toilets and faucets

    8.  high efficiency lighting fixtures

    9.  energy saving lighting controls

    10. free cooling mode on high efficiency HVAC system

    11. parking lot rain water diverted to a storm water management system

    12. sloped mansard roof of long lasting copper; flat roof with white TPO
        "cool roof" technology

    13. suspended metal canopies provide shading for south facing windows

    14. reclaimed brick used for exterior cladding

    15. carpet tile contains 17-41% recycled material and is 100% recyclable

    16. ceiling tile contains 72% recycled material

    17. wall coverings contain no vinyl chloride

    18. low volatile organic compound (VOC), water-based paint used

    19. skylight provides high, natural day lighting to interior

    20. linoleum flooring is a 100% natural product

    21. oriented strand board exterior wall sheathing (efficient wood use)

    22. water radiator system at perimeter instead of electric baseboard

    23. bicycle rack available for staff and customer-owners

    24. located on public transit routes

For further information:

For further information: Harry Joosten, Vice President Owner Relations,
Libro Financial Group, Phone: (519) 672-0130 x322, Cell: (519) 878-4236,

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