One of Canada’s largest consulting firms exclusively dedicated to creating green buildings has now opened a Toronto office to join its existing locations in Kitchener (headquarters), Calgary, and Denver. The new space in the historic Balfour Building on the corner of Spadina Ave. and Adelaide is set to achieve LEED-CI (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design: Commercial Interiors) Platinum in the New Year, which will make it the first project in Toronto to achieve the highest level of LEED certification, and join Enermodal Calgary, which was the first project in Alberta to attain Platinum.
This Toronto location, which is already in operation, will help Enermodal better serve its Toronto client base. Currently, Enermodal is working on dozens of buildings in the Greater Toronto Area including 23 LEED projects (10 million square feet worth approximately $2 billion) as part of the refurbishment of Toronto’s waterfront and downtown core.
“Toronto is such a huge building market, it just makes sense for Enermodal to have a location here,” says Michael Pires, the manager of Enermodal’s Toronto location. “Our LEED and other sustainable facility services are especially relevant given the commitment of the City and individual businesses to going green.”
The LEED-CI certification recognizes tenant sustainability improvements in an existing building. This certification is focused on the materials, air quality, energy use, and layout of the office environment.
Enermodal Toronto is set to achieve 14 out of 15 LEED-CI Materials credits which include all of the Daylighting credits, thanks to an open concept layout and a unique combination of green products and salvaged or recycled materials. The accent wall in the interior reception area is composed of bamboo composite tile (made from 100% recycled bamboo pulp); most of the systems furniture was reused from Enermodal Kitchener, and eight salvaged, retro guest chairs were reupholstered in rapidly renewable 100% wool from Woeller Textiles.
A custom kitchen cabinet designed to incorporate a recycled island is made of Columbia PureBond (A formaldehyde free and FSC certified wood product), and all doors and drawer fronts are made of Plyboo (100% bamboo). The kitchen countertop is made from Paperstone (a compressed, post-consumer recycled paper product).
Innovative design was used to mount a rustic salvaged gate on the boardroom wall creating an interesting focal point instead of purchasing new artwork.
To achieve the daylighting and views credits, existing interior walls were removed to allow every employee access to a view of the city and natural light. The lighting, supplied by Ledalite, has integrated daylight sensors and is connected to occupancy sensors so that when there is enough natural illumination, the office lights dim, and when no one is in the room all lights turn off. This type of innovation helps the office use 35% less energy than ASHRAE 90.1.
To increase occupant comfort, sensors monitoring the CO2 and relative humidity levels have been installed to alert occupants when ventilation needs to be increased to accommodate large gatherings of people in the space.
To inform visitors about the sustainable features of the office, a signature Enermodal Green Education Kiosk (a clean, simple, wall-mounted screen in the entry way) has been installed. This kiosk allows users to scroll through multiple screens which highlight key environmental features. Additionally users are engaged through animations and displayed live data collected from the office’s temperature, humidity and CO2 sensors. These interactive components of the kiosk contribute to an Innovation in Design Credit.