Case Studies

Race to Reduce Case Studies

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RBC and Bentall Kennedy
DALI Lighting Control System

 Bentall Kennedy and RBC collaborated to implement a new best-in class lighting system at their 820,000 square feet facility in Mississauga to help reduce the environmental impact of the building.

A DALI lighting system incorporates a controller that can monitor and control each light fixture. With each fixture being individually addressed, the system can control and adjust the light output of every fixture based on a number of variables including occupancy, daylight and operating hours. The flexibility offered by this system was of great benefit to this building as its occupants worked varied hours.

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ForeverGreen Tenant Program

With service as part of its foundation, Bentall Kennedy has been working hard to improve the environmental and social performance of its buildings. This hard work has manifested into a corporate responsibility platform entitled ForeverGreen.


Toronto Hydro Case Study on GWL Realty Advisors
Chiller Upgrades at College Park

By replacing three old chillers with two new high-efficiency chillers and installing variable frequency drives throughout, Toronto College Park was able to reduce demand by over 520 kW and see energy savings of over 2 million kWh/year.


Brookfield Office Properties
Tenant Energy Portal

The Tenant Energy Portal (TEP), is an online, automated system that provides office tenants access to current electricity data. The web-based tool ties in all tenant sub-meters for each building from Brookfield’s central metering system. Each tenant has a dedicated account where they can access their metering information independently.

Within the portal, tenants can explore their electricity performance data and identify patterns in their electricity consumption. The tool assists tenants with their energy and carbon reporting initiatives and setting conservation goals within their space.


Oxford Properties Group
Lighting Optimization

Oxford implemented green teams in several buildings across their office portfolio. Green teams bring together Oxford and customer (tenant) representatives to jointly define a building’s sustainability goals, implement best practices, and facilitate dialogue and learning among all parties.

Oxford developed a lighting optimization initiative that focused on amending lighting schedules to match core working hours and reducing after-hours override lighting times. Over 250 tenants across thirteen buildings participated in reviewing and changing their current lighting schedules.


RBC and Cadillac Fairview
The RBC Centre
Double LEED Gold

Completed in 2009, the RBC Centre is a true testament of design and sustainability excellence, and represents unprecedented collaboration and leadership between RBC and Cadillac Fairview. This tenant-landlord team partnered to attain a double LEED Gold certification, making the RBC Centre, at the time, the largest and most high-performing office building in Canada to achieve these industry recognitions.


Brampton Campus
Lighting Retrofit Project

The Brampton Campus is a Rogers Communications-owned building occupied by Rogers employees and offices. It is one of Rogers’ largest office buildings, comprising 1 million square feet of office space and housing 5,000 employees. Originally a manufacturing plant, Rogers converted the facilities for office use in January of 2006.

In 2011, the Brampton Campus was the primary focus for targeted energy upgrades. This led to a comprehensive lighting retrofit project that resulted in a cost savings of $375,000.


Stikeman Elliott
Commerce Court West
Lighting Retrofit

Stikeman Elliott Toronto occupies 174,378 square feet of office space in Commerce Court West, which is a BOMA Best and LEED Gold Certified building. Following the launch of its GoingGreen program in 2008, Stikeman Elliott completed its second lighting retrofit project in early 2011. This significant green initiative resulted in energy savings of over 443,000 KWH/year, which is the average energy requirement to light 40 homes a year.


Bentall Kennedy
World Exchange Plaza
Parkade motion sensors

World Exchange Plaza is located in the heart of Ottawa’s downtown core, just steps from Parliament Hill. Measuring nearly 700,000 square feet, the complex is comprised of two Class “A” office towers and includes 5-levels of underground parking, accommodating 1,100 parking stalls and 40,000 sf of building storage. In 2011, Bentall Kennedy identified an opportunity to save power by installing motion sensors in the parkade.


Bentall Kennedy
World Exchange Plaza
Tenant Engagement Program

A Tenant Engagement Program with measurable targets was established in late 2011 to engage the tenants and reduce unnecessary energy consumption and cost. This effort included initial meetings with the Tenant Advisory Council to review the targets, an email distribution of the Program, and finally, individual one-on-one meetings with each tenant.


Cadillac Fairview
Toronto-Dominion Centre
Green Portal

The TDC (Toronto-Dominion Centre) Green brand represents a new industry standard in environmental sustainability – enabling a future where ‘green is a given’. Offering a new model of environmental transparency for a property within Canada’s commercial real estate industry, the TDC Green Portal was developed for the tenants of the Toronto-Dominion Centre but is also accessible to the general public.


110 Yonge Street
Lighting retrofits and cooling system upgrade

Built in 1966, 110 Yonge Street is a 19 storey 150,000 square foot commercial office building that has been designated a historic building within the financial district. In November 2011, a retrofit program was initiated. The program focused on lighting retrofits along with upgrades to the building’s cooling system.


Whiterock REIT
401 The West Mall
Parking lighting retrofit

Whiterock Real Estate Investment Trust (Whiterock REIT) is an unincorporated open-ended real estate investment trust. One of their properties, ‘Commerce West’, located at 401 The West Mall, Toronto, which are dual joined office towers at 11 floors each measuring 410,924 Sq. Ft., recently underwent a multi-level underground parking lighting retrofit.

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Other Case Studies

Please visit Greening Greater Toronto’s site to see the general business case for energy efficiency, developed in partnership with The Boston Consulting Group and Halsall Associates.

For case studies on what steps individual organizations have taken to increase their workplaces’ environmental and financial sustainability, visit the Environmental Best Practices Database on the website of our partner, Toronto and Region Conservation’s Partners in Project Green.

There you will find more than 1000 environmental best practices case studies, including from the region’s major commercial landlords and tenants that demonstrate effective landlord/ tenant collaboration and the impact of their energy efficiency measures:

  • TD Bank shares the example of switching to daytime cleaning at its Creekside Campus that realized an annual energy reduction of 523,000 kilowatt hours and generated an annual cost savings of $41,000.
  • Cadillac Fairview’s case study tells of its re-commissioning efforts of system controls and system component updates in its older properties and projects savings of $306,000 annually and a payback on the upfront investment within 2.6 years.