With the latest lighting retrofit in its Food Court, the 72 storey commercial building First Canadian Place in Toronto, owned by Brookfield Properties, became the 300th approved applicant for the Building Owners and Managers Association of the Greater Toronto Area (BOMA Toronto)’s Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Program.
BOMA Toronto’s CDM Program, funded by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), offers energy efficiency retrofit incentives to commercial properties over 25,000 square feet in the ‘416’ telephone exchange area.
Built in 1975, the First Canadian Place Food Court was formerly lit by 250 watt high pressure sodium light bulbs, but it is being converted to an 80 watt induction lighting system. This most recent project is but one of the 17 Brookfield Properties has done, or is in the process of doing, through the BOMA CDM Program and in its portfolio within the City of Toronto. To date, their total kilowatt hour reduction, as a result of these projects, is 146,400,000 equalling the annual consumption of 15,000 homes in Ontario. These projects will be successful in reducing the emission in the atmosphere by close to 17,000 tons.
In September 2009, Brookfield Properties announced the commencement of a thorough renovation program at First Canadian Place, including upgrades to the office lobbies, retail areas and mechanical and electrical systems. Enhanced energy conservation measures and infrastructure upgrades will be made in order to obtain LEED – EBOM (Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance) certification. The update includes a complete chiller and transformer replacement and the installation of high-efficiency toilets and faucets.
“We are delighted to support Brookfield Properties in their commitment to conservation and environmental stewardship. Not only have they taken initiative, throughout their own portfolio, they continue to set a positive image for other building owners and managers across Toronto” said Wayne Proulx, director of BOMA Toronto’s CDM Program. “I want to remind all commercial landlords, managers and tenants that your building does have electricity efficient opportunities that we can help identify through our Energy Conservation Assessment Program (ECAP) initiative and provide funding for through the CDM Program.”