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RBC Centre becomes the largest LEED-NC certified project in Canada

RBC Centre, a 1.2 million-sq.-ft. tenanted office tower in downtown Toronto, has achieved LEED NC Gold certification, making it the largest LEED for New Construction certified project in Canada.

“Given the number of new high rise condos and office towers that are built each year in Canada’s major cities, the example set by The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited by achieving LEED NC Gold for their office is an important industry benchmark,” says Stephen Carpenter, president of Enermodal Engineering, the LEED consultant on the project. “While many tenanted office towers choose to pursue LEED Core & Shell certification due to the fewer requirements placed on the interior spaces, the owner and design team really committed to making the base building and tenanted areas sustainable without sacrificing modern conveniences or aesthetics.”

Designed by Bergman + Hamann Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox, the RBC Centre achieved a predicted 40 per cent energy cost savings and 47 per cent indoor water savings. RBC and RBC Dexia are pursuing LEED for Commercial Interiors certification as well.

The green features of RBC Centre include

  • a reflective roof
  • low-flow fixtures throughout
  • a rainwater harvesting system
  • deep lake water cooling
  • daylighting and occupancy sensors
  • high performance windows
  • CO2 sensors
  • variable speed drives on all fans and pumps
  • high recycled content and regional materials
  • under floor ventilation
  • operable windows
  • low-emitting sealants, adhesives, coatings, composite wood
  • automated light shelves/blinds
  • a green housekeeping plan

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