TELUS House Ottawa grand opening: taking the "LEED" in healthy design, environmental sustainability

    215 Slater reduces energy consumption by almost 40 per cent, reduces
    water usage by 40 per cent

    OTTAWA, Oct. 26 /CNW/ - TELUS House celebrated its grand opening today by
welcoming more than 500 local VIPs, honoured guests and members of the TELUS
team to 215 Slater Street for a first-hand look at one of the most energy
efficient and environmentally friendly buildings in Ottawa. TELUS House is a
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) "silver" designed
    Located at the corner of Bank and Slater Streets, the 160,000
square-foot, nine floor facility was toasted by dignitaries including Rahim
Jaffer, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Strathcona and Chair of the federal
Conservative Caucus, the Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario Minister of Health
Promotion, Ottawa mayor Larry O'Brien and TELUS' Janet Yale, executive
vice-president, Corporate Affairs.
    "LEED buildings are healthy for Ottawa and healthy for the TELUS team,"
said Ms. Yale. "TELUS House lets us showcase the innovation that is TELUS'
trademark in a signature building in the downtown core. We're proud of the
level of excellence in the design. It maximizes the environmental, social and
economic benefits at a local level. Ottawa is an important growth market for
TELUS and the decision to build Ottawa House reflects our long-term commitment
to the city, the province and the more than 300 TELUS team members who call
Ottawa home."
    TELUS House is a sustainable building, designed and built to embrace
healthy living, conserve energy and support the environment. This showpiece of
innovation and sustainability reflects integrated design concepts and
low-impact development. TELUS House will reduce energy consumption by almost
40 per cent compared to model national energy code buildings; its
high-efficiency plumbing system is designed to reduce water usage by more than
40 per cent. Located directly on a public transportation route, an estimated
80 per cent of the building's occupants will arrive by public transportation,
on foot or by bicycle.
    Andrea Goertz, TELUS vice-president, Enterprise Services, said, "The
creation of this magnificent building is part of a national strategy we call
the Future Friendly Workplace. Over the next five years, TELUS will invest in
upgrades to our real estate assets across Canada. We're doing this to build
workspaces that encourage creativity and, most important of all, to support
our team members by creating a work environment that is second-to-none in
    Other features of TELUS House include maximum efficiency natural light
sourcing, rainwater harvesting, enhanced indoor air quality, low-flow faucets
and dual flush toilets and a health and wellness centre. In constructing the
building, 100 per cent of debris (400 tonnes) was sent to sorting for
recycling consideration. More than 75 per cent of materials were recycled.
    TELUS House is a LEED silver designated facility, which will be
independently reviewed by the Canada Green Building Council's rigorous rating
system. LEED is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design,
construction, and operation of high-performance sustainable buildings. The
organization promotes a "whole building" approach to environmental health:
sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials
selection and indoor environmental quality. In Canada, the rating system is
administered nationally by the Canada Green Building Council.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.9 billion of annual revenue and 10.9 million
customer connections including 5.3 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS
and our team members have contributed more than $91 million to charitable and
non-profit organizations and volunteered more than 1.7 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please

    Sustainability at TELUS House, Ottawa - Fact sheet

    TELUS is committed to building The Future Friendly Workplace. In keeping
with that commitment, TELUS buildings utilize the Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) green building design principles.
    LEED green building principles incorporate design, construction and
operational practices that combine healthy, high-quality and high-performance
advantages with reduced environmental impacts. The LEED green building rating
and certification program provides an opportunity for third party validation
of green building design and operational practices. TELUS House, Ottawa is a
LEED silver designated facility.

    Some of the sustainability features of TELUS House are:

    -   The intake of dust and vehicle emissions is reduced by a High
        Efficiency Particulate Air Filtration system. We use a higher volume
        of outside-air-in so that less air has to be conditioned, thereby
        conserving energy; the atrium lobby is filled with air that has been
        ventilated and filtered.

    -   Windows have an 8-foot-high vision area that maximizes daylight and
        reduces the need for artificial light. Internal walls are kept to a
        minimum, maximizing natural light and ensuring that those who don't
        have perimeter offices will share the sunshine.

    -   The lighting system is fully programmable, which means each light can
        be turned on and off individually at their computer. You won't drive
        by at night and see the whole building lit up when there are only two
        people in the office.

    -   Daylight is harvested by roof-top sensors; when it's bright outside,
        indoor lights will reduce accordingly and vice-versa for darker days,
        there by maintaining a constant "foot candle" throughout the building
        while maximizing the use of natural light entering and reducing
        energy used. Energy is further conserved: When employees go out for
        lunch, their lights and computers will note their absence with motion
        sensors, turning off until their users return.

    -   The heating and cooling system is generated through a raised floor,
        thereby quickly conditioning the area where bodies are at, instead of
        changing the air from ceiling level down. It conditions about 2/3 of
        the air in a traditional building and delivers it to the space where
        it's used by people immediately. This greatly reduces CO2 levels.

    -   From the formaldehyde-free furniture to the carpeting, floor and
        ceiling tiles, paints and other materials used throughout the
        building, all have high recycled content and low volatile organic

    -   The site is located directly on a public transportation route; an
        estimated 80 per cent of the building's occupants will arrive by
        public transportation, on foot or by bicycle. Bike storage, showers
        and change room facilities are available.

    -   A health and wellness centre is a core component of TELUS House.

    -   Fixtures and appliances are designed to save water. TELUS House has
        dual flush toilets, waterless urinals, infrared and solar-powered
        sensor faucets, low-flow shower heads and water efficient
        dishwashers. Water usage is reduced by 40 per cent.

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact Allison
Vale, TELUS Media Relations, (416) 629-6425,

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