By Nick Gilbert
The Bay Adelaide Centre East office tower in downtown Toronto, a part of Brookfield Office Properties, is all set to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) CS (Core & Shell) Platinum certification.
Rendering of Bay Adelaide Centre East (at left) with existing Bay Adelaide Centre West (at right), Toronto, Ontario
This is the highest attainable certification for environmental green building initiatives. Achieving certifications from LEED is rigorous and based on a number of environmental criteria laid out by the Green Building Councils of Canada and the United States.
Brookfield's Bay Adelaide East is situated on Adelaide Street West. It has a strategic position between the Bay and the Yonge Streets and is adjacent to the Bay Adelaide West complex. The new project will be an office tower with 44-storeys on an area of 980,000 sq. ft. The new building will have environmental, operational and life safety systems embedded with the advanced technology. Brookfield plans to commence the construction towards at the end of 2012, and the project is slated for completion in late 2015.
Bay Adelaide East's first tenant will be Deloitte, who has signed a lease agreement to occupy 43% of the building. Among Brookfield’s series of sustainability achievements, the LEED Platinum of Bay Adelaide East is the latest in the 30 LEED designations since the commencement of its greening portfolio for global offices in 2008. On a square footage basis, the company has bagged about 50% of its North American portfolio and anticipates increasing to 60% by the end of the year.
Since 2009, Brookfield has accomplished global GHG emission reduction of 10% reduction that translates into saving 37 million ekWh energy, 2 million gallons of gasoline, 575 million gallons of water, 1.4 million trees, 5,500 cars off the road and the yearly power usage of 28,000 homes.