Telus House Toronto earns LEED Canada Platinum certification

25 York Street (Telus House Toronto) in downtown Toronto has achieved LEED Canada Platinum Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance.

The development team include managing partner Menkes Developments Ltd., Alcion Ventures and HOOPP Realty Inc. Adamson Associates Architects and Sweeney Sterling Finlay & Co. are the architects.

Said Peter Menkes, President, Industrial and Commercial Division, Menkes Developments Ltd, “LEED Platinum certification is a gratifying testament to our continued commitment to sustainable building practices. It is validation of our commitment to providing highly efficient workplaces that help keep employees healthy, happy, and productive.”

Located on the northeast corner of York Street and Bremner Boulevard and completed in October 2009, 25 York Street includes such features as raised-floor cold-air delivery, deep-water cooling, built-in blinds and perimeter radiant panels, all of which help reduce greenhouse emissions, minimize operating expenses and provide the ultimate in year-round comfort for tenants, their employees and visitors to the building.

The 781,236-square-foot building includes 29 floors of commercial space topped with two mechanical floors on the roof and three floors of underground parking.

Platinum is the highest level of certification awarded by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), an internationally esteemed third-party certification program that promotes a holistic approach to sustainability by recognizing exceptional performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

25 York Street achieved outstanding results in each category through a variety of measures including meticulous site selection that promotes the continued development of the waterfront and is directly linked to Union Station, the biggest public transportation hub in the country; water use reduction in excess of 30 per cent through such considerations as plumbing and fitting efficiency, and water-efficient landscaping; advanced heating and cooling delivered via a raised floor network that reduced energy costs by up to 25 percent; and leading-edge building technologies for the distribution of air, voice, data and power cabling.

“The achievement of this level of certification is the result of a dedicated partnership among operations and maintenance staff, property management, tenants and employees,” Menkes added. “This is a significant milestone for Menkes, and for the city of Toronto.”

The building has achieved other awards including LEED Core and Shell Gold certification; BOMA Best Level 4; HOOPP LEAP Award, 1st place – Energy Performance Certificate; 2010 Design Exchange Award, Architecture Commercial – Bronze.