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RBC Meets the Golden Standard

RBC Centre is the largest office tower in Canada to receive LEED Gold certification for its interior construction and design

TORONTO, ON, Sep 24, 2012 – RBC is proud to announce that the interior construction of its space at RBC Centre has attained LEED® Gold certification, making it the largest LEED Commercial Interiors (CI) project in Canada.

RBC, in collaboration with The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, utilized leading state-of-the-art design and technology to achieve LEED CI Gold certification, offering its employees one of the most advanced, environmentally conscious building interiors in Canada.

“The achievement of LEED Gold CI for our interior employee space at RBC Centre, paired with LEED Gold certification of the base building, clearly demonstrates our long-standing commitment to environmental responsibility and to providing our employees with new, cutting-edge workplace designs and a leading collaborative work environment,” said Nadeem Shabbar, Vice-President, Corporate Real Estate, RBC. “I am pleased that we can offer our employees the opportunity to work in a facility that is a leading example of environmental sustainability.”

The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program is based on a point system and that requires a detailed evaluation of the building interior on criteria covering innovation in design, indoor environmental quality, water efficiency, sustainable materials use and energy efficiency among other categories.

"Achieving LEED Gold Certification, both as a new construction project and for the commercial interior, is a testament to the power of collaboration and our commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Steven Sorensen, Vice President, Operations, Toronto Office Portfolio, Cadillac Fairview. "From its location to the paint on the walls, environmental factors were considered and incorporated into every decision and every detail of design and construction at RBC Centre.”

In order to obtain Gold certification, RBC’s interior space met the LEED CI criteria by offering the following features:

  • Installation and use of Energy Star® appliances only;
  • Comprehensive recycling program including the storage and collection of organics and recyclables;
  • Diversion of over 75% of interior construction waste from landfills by reusing or recycling materials;
  • Over 20% of the materials used to construct the interior space were made of recycled content;
  • 20% of construction materials were manufactured regionally within 800 km, thereby reducing emissions associated with long-haul shipping and reducing shipping expenses;
  • All construction materials (i.e. paints, carpet, sealants) were selected for their minimal environmental emissions; and
  • Ensuring all cleaning of the space is done using green products.

In accordance with LEED Green Building Rating System®, RBC Centre boasts the following green base building features:

  • Sustainable Enwave Deep Lake Cooling System provides clean, efficient cooling;
  • Power conservation through indirect lighting/lighting sensors;
  • Light shelves for natural light reflection and maximum penetration;
  • An energy efficient exposed ceiling;
  • Non-toxic materials used in construction;
  • Energy-wise operational windows on lower floors;
  • Sunshades on the podium floors;
  • Six fresh air changes per hour;
  • Fabric blinds on windows to respond to exterior light conditions; and
  • A storage facility for bicycles.

 

 

For more information contact:

RBC,
Matt Gierasimczuk, 416-974-2124

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited,
Janine Ojah-Maharaj, 416-598-8645

About RBC Centre's sustainable initiatives

Throughout Cadillac Fairview, sustainable thinking has turned into committed action. Through our national GREEN AT WORK™ program, rigorous performance standards have been established for all existing and new properties in important areas such as energy and water conservation, waste management, material selection and usage, and product and service procurement.

Down to the smallest detail, RBC Centre has been created through a green lens to meet rigorous LEED NC Gold standards, with equal emphasis on performance. For more information, visit RBC Centre Green.

RBC and Sustainability

RBC has long been committed to environmental sustainability. The RBC Environmental Blueprint formalizes RBC's longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, outlining our policy, priorities and objectives which include reducing the intensity of our environmental footprint, promoting responsible lending, and offering environmentally responsible products and services. Recognized among the world's financial, social and environmental leaders, RBC is listed on the 2012-2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the DJSI North American Index. RBC has been named one of Canada's 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations and one of the Best Workplaces in Canada. RBC is also included on the 2012 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index.

For the latest information on RBC's green business trends, projects and environmental research, visit RBC and the Environment. Or subscribe to the free, bi-monthly e-newsletter, green@RBC.

About the RBC Centre

The RBC Centre is a profound example of just how much things have changed. This 1.2 million sq. ft. LEED NC Gold office tower is extraordinary in every possible way, providing tenants with an operating environment that supports not only their strategic ambitions, but also their long-term commitments to employees and the greater neighbourhood.

Designed by the architectural firms Kohn Pedersen Fox and B+H Architects, RBC Centre is Green architecture at its very best. From building systems to materials to natural light balance on every floor, RBC Centre is an environment built for organizations with big ideas.

About Cadillac Fairview

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited is one of North America's largest investors, owners and managers of commercial real estate. For more than 50 years Cadillac Fairview has been leading the way in commercial real estate with innovative design, development and management. With a portfolio valued at more than $20 billion, Cadillac Fairview and its affiliates own and manage nearly 47 million square feet of leasable space at 83 properties across North America. Cadillac Fairview is wholly-owned by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, which invests to secure the retirement income of 300,000 active and retired teachers in Ontario.