Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited

October 20, 2008 08:00 ET

Brookfield Properties Wins Hydro Ottawa Award for Power-Smart Property Management

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2008) - Jean Edmonds Towers and the Place De Ville complex are not only two of Ottawa's iconic properties - they are also among the most energy-efficient complexes in the city, thanks to Brookfield Properties' significant investment in building upgrades and power conservation.

"Property owners, building managers and tenants all play a key role in encouraging a culture of conservation," says Rosemarie Leclair, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies. "By making their Ottawa properties into true conservation communities, Brookfield Properties has taken a real leadership role in this effort."

Jean Edmonds Towers upgraded to premium efficiency fan motors, and switched to a "free cooling" system allowing chillers to be shut off seasonally. These two upgrades alone led to savings of approximately 151,000 kilowatt-hours annually - enough to power 16 homes for a full year.

Lighting innovations have also helped to decrease energy consumption at the Jean Edmonds Towers complex. Occupancy sensors have been installed in the washrooms and are expected to reduce daytime lighting usage by up to 50%. Earlier in 2008, the complex implemented "first request" lighting start-ups, based on tenant demand (rather than automatic power-on) for indoor lighting. Large equipment start-up schedules were also put in place to lessen the impact of electricity use during peak demand hours.

The Place de Ville facility has adopted a number of similar strategies. Variable speed drives were added to the chilled water pumps in 2008, for optimized chiller efficiency. Free cooling was also implemented, with the installation of a 500-ton high-pressure chiller. In 2003, the chiller control panel was converted to an electronic format and integrated with a sophisticated Building Automation System (BAS). The BAS allows equipment scheduling, free cooling management and constant reports on the Chilled Water Plant's efficiency.

"Sustainability is an ongoing commitment at our properties in Ottawa," says Brett Budge, a building systems control technician at Brookfield Properties. "Improving building efficiency and energy consumption habits can have a positive effect on our tenant community, our employees, and most importantly, the environment."

This is not the first time Place de Ville and Jean Edmonds Towers have been honoured for their conservation excellence. In 2007, the two buildings were the first recipients of the Building Owners and Managers Association "Go Green Plus" award for building environmental standards.

'Companies for Conservation' is an initiative to celebrate the exciting and innovative conservation projects being undertaken by commercial electricity users in Ottawa. The program, which started in October 2007, recognizes one local company or organization for their conservation leadership every month. These companies are making a difference by embodying a true culture of conservation.

Electricity consumers both large and small can learn more about saving electricity, and the programs that can help them do so, by visiting either www.hydroottawa.com or www.powerWISE.ca.

About Brookfield Properties Corporation

One of North America's largest commercial real estate companies, Brookfield Properties owns, develops and manages premier office properties in major U.S. and Canadian cities. The portfolio is comprised of interests in 108 properties totalling 74 million square feet in the downtown cores of New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa. Landmark assets include the World Financial Center in Manhattan, Brookfield Place in Toronto, Bank of America Plaza in Los Angeles and Bankers Hall in Calgary. The company also holds interests in over 16 million square feet of high-quality, centrally located development and redevelopment properties in its major markets. The company's common shares trade on the NYSE and TSX under the symbol BPO.

About Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., is the second largest municipal electricity company in the province. Hydro Ottawa is responsible for the safe, reliable delivery of electricity to more than 287,000 residential and business customers in the city of Ottawa and the village of Casselman. Hydro Ottawa is proud to be a founding member of powerWISE®, a program developed in partnership with the Ontario Government and five other electricity distribution companies to promote energy conservation to consumers, reduce the overall demand for electricity and build a conservation culture meant to last for years to come.

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