Race to Reduce Case Studies
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.
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.
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.
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.