The Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower at 66 Wellington Street West in Toronto designed in 1960 by Mies van der Rohe has achieved LEED Gold Certification under the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance program, and joins an impressive roster of sustainable buildings at the Toronto-Dominion Centre (TD Centre) complex, including LEED Gold certified buildings 77 King Street West and 79 Wellington Street West, and LEED Platinum certified 100 Wellington Street West.
Earlier this year, the TD Centre was awarded the Green Award of the Year at the 12th Annual Real Estate Excellence (REX) Awards Gala for its sustainability efforts, marking the first time the award has been given to an existing building. The Green Award initiative is dedicated to practices that exemplify excellence in environmental stewardship, while committing to an interconnected approach to sustainability and leadership.
The TD Centre’s Inaugural Sustainability Report is available for download here: http://www.tdcentre.com/en/tenants/Documents/TDC%20Sustainability%20Report%202013.pdf
To achieve LEED Gold EB: O&M certification, TD Centre had to meet strict, measurable benchmarks and earn credits in five categories:
- Sustainable Sites – TD Centre is in close proximity to the King Street streetcar line and St. Andrew and Union Subway Stations, enabling more than 75 per cent 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.
- Water Efficiency – 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 $250k in upgrades will reduce water use by as much as 30 per cent.
- Energy & Atmosphere – 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.
- Materials & Resources – In addition to following a range of sustainable purchasing policies, the complex enforces strict waste diversion and sorting plans. At least 75 per cent of the general waste produced at the building is diverted from landfills, and at least 70 per cent of construction waste must also be diverted.
- Indoor Environmental Quality – 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.