October 11, 2012
by Canadian Architect
The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited announced that its Toronto-Dominion Centre complex tower at 100 Wellington Street West is the first in Toronto to achieve LEED® Platinum Certification under the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance program. TD Centre was also the first office complex in Canada to receive LEED® EB Gold Certification through the Canada Green Building Council, for its tower at 77 King Street West in 2010.
“With LEED® Platinum certification, TD Centre has again set a new industry standard in environmental sustainability as we create a tenant community where green is a given,” said TD Centre General Manager David Hoffman. “This achievement reflects the deployment of a broad range of technologies, but the engagement of our tenants is our most powerful environmental best practice.”
LEED Platinum certification is the latest in a growing list of accomplishments resulting from TD Centre’s green initiatives. In June, TD Centre completed work on a living roof planted atop the TD Bank pavilion. It next announced the TDC Green Portal, an online hub of environmental facts and program details assembled as a publicly accessible dashboard displaying transparent, real-time energy use by each building.
“It takes a motivated property manager and tenants, and a dedicated operations and maintenance staff to achieve this level of certification, and we are proud to be part of such a forward-thinking team at TD Centre,” said Peter Halsall, Chairman of Halsall Associates, who have worked with TD Centre as green building consultants since 2008.
“This first-of-its-kind certification in Toronto is recognition of the interconnected thinking and occupant engagement at this iconic Toronto landmark.” LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. To achieve LEED® Platinum EB: O&M Certification, TD Centre had to meet strict, measurable benchmarks and earn credits in five categories – Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. TD Centre is in close proximity to the King Street streetcar line and St. Andrew and Union Subway Stations, enabling more than 75 percent of the building occupants to arrive at the building by public transit. TD Centre has also partnered with Zipcar to encourage green transportation, in addition to providing public bike racks for more than 400 bicycles. Cadillac Fairview’s ongoing effort to reduce potable water consumption has led to an extensive washroom upgrade program including the replacement of faucets, toilets, and urinals with new high-performance fixtures. The $250,000 in upgrades will reduce water use by as much as 30 percent.
The TD Centre has continuously reduced its overall energy use since 2008 by installing automatic lighting controls, state-of-the-art building automation controls, real-time energy monitoring and lighting retrofits. In addition to following a range of sustainable purchasing policies, the complex enforces strict waste diversion and sorting plans. At least 75 percent of the general waste produced at the building is diverted from landfills, and at least 70 percent of construction waste must also be diverted. Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of any building entrance or air intake. Green cleaning policies mandate the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products and supplies. The building undergoes an annual air quality assessment and immediate action is taken on any potential sources of contaminants. Construction areas are isolated from the rest of the building and the space is flushed out with fresh air before it is re-occupied.
The Toronto-Dominion Centre is one of North America’s largest business communities and home to 21,000 office employees. Due to its visionary design, unequalled size and central location, this cultural landmark has played a significant role in the success of a generation of Canada’s most innovative and extraordinary business leaders.
The TD centre consists of six buildings: Toronto Dominion Bank Tower, 77 King Street West, 100 Wellington Street West, TD Waterhouse Tower, Ernst & Young Tower and 95 Wellington Street West.
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