Six towers owned by the Cadillac Fairview Corporation in downtown Vancouver have received LEED certification, including five at the Gold level.
The six towers to achieve certification are:
• 200 Granville / Granville Square – Gold Certification
• 200 Burrard / Waterfront Centre – Gold Certification
• 701 West Georgia – Gold Certification
• 609 Granville / Canaccord Genuity Place – Gold Certification
• 700 West Georgia / TD Tower – Silver Certification
• 777 Dunsmuir – Gold Certification
In 2013, Cadillac Fairview’s 885 West Georgia, HSBC Building, became one of the first buildings in Vancouver to attain LEED Gold Certification under the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EB: O&M) category.
According to the CaGBC, there are 19 office buildings in Vancouver certified Gold or Platinum under the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance category. Six are owned and operated by Cadillac Fairview, making it the leader in retrofitted LEED certified office buildings in Vancouver.
“Attaining LEED certification for six more of our Vancouver office buildings is a tremendous achievement,” says Tom Knoepfel, senior vice president and portfolio manager, Cadillac Fairview Western Canada. “Green thinking has become integral to our decision making process, influencing how we design and build new projects, upgrade and expand existing properties, and manage our day-to-day operations.”
As well as investing heavily in retrofitting existing buildings to meet LEED standards, Cadillac Fairview has implemented a number of initiatives to conserve energy and green its practices. This includes deploying a Zero Waste program at its key buildings, aimed at diverting more than 98 per cent of waste from landfills. Cadillac Fairview also operates a national GREEN AT WORK sustainability program. Started as a grassroots program at Vancouver’s Waterfront Properties, GREEN AT WORK is a detailed, measurable, and long-term proprietary program implemented nationally. It sets operational benchmarks to reduce energy consumption and waste, improves environmental protection, encourages sustainable procurement, and ongoing communication with key stakeholders.
In order to achieve LEED Gold EB: O&M Certification, the seven certified buildings underwent an energy audit and a retro-commissioning study. They had to meet strict, measurable benchmarks and earn credits in six categories: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation in operations.