Cadillac Fairview’s 777 Dunsmuir building has been awarded the BOMA BC EARTH Award at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of British Columbia’s 2015 Awards of Excellence. The award recognizes clean and efficient buildings and is presented to those that have made significant efforts to minimize their impact on the environment.
777 Dunsmuir, which includes a 19-storey office tower and the Holt Renfrew portion of Pacific Centre, has recently undergone a number of energy and water-saving retrofit projects, including North America’s first geo-exchange retrofit of an occupied office tower. The tower earned BOMA BESt Level 3 environmental certification in 2008 and achieved LEED® Gold Certification under the Existing Building’s Program in October 2014. The building also participates in Cadillac Fairview’s Zero Waste program, which diverts 98.7% of the waste generated from landfill.
In October 2014, 777 Dunsmuir became the site of the first geo-exchange retrofit of an occupied high rise building in North America. The project consisted of drilling 34 boreholes, 375 feet into the earth below the building’s underground parkade. The system harvests heat rejected from 777 Dunsmuir and then stores it underground until it’s needed. The project, which is currently in the measurement and verification stage, is expected save approximately four million ekWhs of energy annually and 900 tonnes of carbon emissions – the equivalent of that generated by 188 cars or 22,875 trees.
Cadillac Fairview also recently received LEED Gold certification of its property at 250 Howe Street. With this certification, Cadillac Fairview now operates a total of eight properties in the downtown core that have achieved LEED Certification, including seven at the Gold level.