August 7, 2008
by Canadian Architect
Teknion Corporation announced that its new Ottawa showroom has achieved LEED Canada for Commercial Interiors Silver certification from the Canada Green Building Council. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Canada Silver rating certifies that the project has achieved the required prerequisites and credits under the LEED Canada Rating System for Commercial Interiors.
“This LEED Canada Silver certification demonstrates Teknion’s leadership in showcasing how tenanted spaces contribute to the overall environmental performance of a building,” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “This achievement also recognizes Teknion’s commitment to integrating sustainable design and materials to create an inspiring and healthy space for employees and visitors.”
“We are extremely pleased to be associated with the Canada Green Building Council and to be part of its mission to promote the design and construction of green buildings across Canada. We share many similar goals in our pursuit of a sustainable future,” says Scott Deugo, Teknion’s Senior Vice President, Design, Marketing and Sustainable Development. “LEED Canada Silver certification of our Ottawa showroom represents the latest accomplishment in our goal to be not just a greener company, but a better company.”
Some of the initiatives for which Teknion scored points in its quest to attain LEED Silver recognition include:
having at least 90 percent of seated staff alongside a window
keeping existing product out of landfill
reusing carpet from another showroom in the Ottawa space
using paint with very low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
generating minimum waste by recycling and reusing much of the former showroom
sourcing new products locally from facilities in Ontario and Quebec
having all office furniture products Greenguard Certified for indoor air quality optimizing energy efficiency by reducing lighting power density
using Energy Star-rated products for all eligible equipment and appliances
purchasing Green Power Certificates for all of the project’s energy consumption over a two-year period (green power is purchased separately from regular electricity, supporting the use and development of renewable energy)
implementing a green housekeeping policy to reduce exposure to potentially hazardous chemical contaminants
LEED certification distinguishes building projects that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability by meeting higher performance standards in environmental responsibility and energy efficiency. The LEED Green Building Rating System, originally developed by the US Green Buidling Couincil, encourages global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universal tools and performance criteria. LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
LEED Canada for Commercial Interiors is the green benchmark for the tenant improvement market. It is the recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint. LEED Canada for Commercial Interiors gives the power to make sustainable choices to tenants and designers, who do not always have control over whole building operations.
“Attaining LEED Canada Silver has been a very educational project for Teknion,” says Deborah Browne, Manager, Design Services, and leader of the project. “Designing the Ottawa showroom to meet LEED requirements allowed us to apply many aspects of our knowledge about sustainability to literally practice what we preach. It has been a very positive experience for our employees, our clients and the environment thanks to CaGBC’s support and guidance.”
For more information on the Canada Green Building Council, please visit: www.cagbc.org.