On January 16th, The Minto Group’s 180 Kent Street office tower became the first and only building in Ottawa to receive the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA) Building Environmental Standards (BESt) Level 4 certification – BOMA’s highest level of recognition for excellence in environmental best practices within the commercial building industry.
The BOMA BESt certification program was launched in 2005 to assess commercial building operations in the areas of air quality, water conservation, heat recovery, energy reduction, preventative maintenance, tenant relations, waste recovery and environmental plans. Buildings are scored on the effectiveness and implementation of strategies in these areas and more; obtaining a prestigious Level 4 rating indicates a building has achieved a score of 90 per cent or higher in all categories.
“To obtain this rating you must not only build a state of the art building, but it must be operated and maintained to the highest standards to ensure it reduces its environmental impact as designed,” says Oryst Deneka, Director of Property Operations for 180 Kent Street.
Striving for LEED Platinum, 180 Kent Street was built in 2009 to be a green office tower, featuring a number of innovations including a rainwater harvesting system, green roof and heat recovery units. Now fully leased, 180 Kent is home to a wide range of commercial tenants including government, retail, restaurant and financial services. In 2010, the office tower boasted 55 per cent water savings and 52 per cent energy savings compared to a commercial tower built to model national energy code for buildings (MNECB). And in 2011, 180 Kent Street fulfilled its commitment to eliminating approximately 825 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
“It’s important to recognize the partnership that has been built between Minto tenants and its employees through a collaborative green council, and how vital the cooperation between managers and tenants is to ensure the facility is operating at maximum efficiency,” says Angie McMurray of McMurray Environmental Solutions, who provides consulting services for 180 Kent Street’s waste management strategy.