Sustainable Development: TELUS Garden Receives LEED Certification
Following an extensive review, the Canada Green Building Council awarded TELUS Garden Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. This is the highest rating a building development can receive. This honour was presented at today’s launch of the Smart Prosperity initiative at TELUS Garden, attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Some of the leading edge sustainable development features of the building complex included:
- 10,000 square feet of outdoor meeting space and garden terraces on six levels planted with a community food garden that will be tended by TELUS team members, indigenous trees and hundreds of plants species;
- A district energy system that will reduce demand from conventional energy sources by 80 per cent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than one million kilograms a year.
- High-efficiency motion sensor lighting to significantly reduce energy consumption;
- Advanced building systems, which include a ventilation system providing fresh air to residents and workers, rather than the recycled air typical of towers
Ian Gillespie, President of Westbank, which partnered with TELUS in this development project stated, “The LEED Platinum certification embodies our commitment and dedication to create a world class development where the sustainable design not only mirrors the culture and values of TELUS team members but also the tenants and businesses who have now become a welcomed part of this environmentally conscious community.”
To learn more about about this ground-breaking development, read the original press release here.