The 10 “greenest” office buildings in the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan’s $6 billion portfolio, along with the property managers who run them, were honoured with the new HOOPP-sponsored LEAP (Leadership in Environmental Advancement Program) awards. A total of 95 HOOPP-owned office buildings were rated for the competition which was conducted by LOOP Initiatives, an independent organization.
“At HOOPP, we have always believed that healthier buildings make for healthier workers and attract top tenants,” says Michael Catford, vice president, Real Estate. “This program makes that commitment more public, since the winners will post their certificates prominently in the buildings they manage. This is a first in the Canadian market place and we feel it recognizes the leadership that property managers and tenants are taking in selecting HOOPP properties.”
HOOPP’s top 10 office properties consume 40 per cent less energy than the national average for commercial buildings, which is equivalent to annual cost savings of approximately $4 million and energy savings of 40 million ekWh. This is equivalent to the annual energy used by approximately 1,300 Canadian households.
The top properties and their managers ranked one through 10 were:
- Menkes, 25 York St., Toronto ON
- Triovest, ATCO building, 10035 105th St., Edmonton AB
- Morguard, 99 Metcalfe St., Ottawa ON
- Eastport, 120 Eileen Stubbs Ave., Dartmouth NS
- Morguard, 200 Kent St., Ottawa ON
- Morguard, Oakville (ON) Corporate Centre III
- Triovest, Willingdon I, Burnaby BC
- Triovest, Sussex Place, 1001 Douglas St., Victoria
- Morguard, Oakville (ON) Corporate Centre II
- Triovest, 200 Graham Ave., Winnipeg
In future years, the awards program will look at other environmental indicators such as greenhouse gas emissions, carbon reduction, water consumption, and waste diversion.
In Canada, HOOPP has a total of 194 properties in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario. HOOPP has also expanded into the European market with a development at St. James’ Gateway in London, and with a partner, the Nova Karolina mall in Ostrava, Czech Republic.