Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited

July 14, 2008 08:00 ET

Hydro Ottawa Recognizes Morguard for Going Green on Queen Street

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 14, 2008) - Over the last several years, Morguard Investments' Queen Street properties in Ottawa have capitalized on conservation, including one building that provides workspace for hundreds of government employees. In recognition of their electricity-saving efforts, Hydro Ottawa has named Morguard as the recipient of this month's Companies for Conservation award.

"By taking measures to save electricity, Morguard is investing not only in property assets but also in energy-efficient workplaces for important public institutions, and ultimately our environment," says Rosemarie Leclair, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies. "The new programs on Queen Street have improved energy efficiency, and provide a model strategy for other facilities across the city."

181 Queen Street houses the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation broadcast centre as well as office space for Public Works and Government Services Canada administrative staff. This commercial high-rise, finished in 2004 and developed to preserve the site's original heritage elements, was the focus of Morguard's conservation efforts. The changes have yielded remarkable energy savings - 181 Queen Street has obtained Go Green Certification from the Building Owners and Managers of Canada (BOMA). In 2007, the building also won BOMA's "Office Building of the Year" award for its management programs including energy efficiency and conservation efforts.

Lighting systems in the building's lobby and all levels of parking were reduced to 70 percent brightness, and are now saving one third of the energy previously consumed. Morguard has raised temperature settings on thermostats across the building by several degrees during summer months, putting less strain on the HVAC system as outdoor temperatures climb. Ashland Water Technologies, water treatment suppliers for the building, are in the process of upgrading water treatment systems in response to increasing concern for safety and the environment.

Three other Morguard properties on Queen Street have seen the introduction of similar conservation measures, including lobby lights reduced to 70 percent brightness, thermostats turned up for the summer months, and basement lights that are permanently switched off except in emergency situations.

Morguard also recently started its own environmental program - Green Link strives to ensure "green" operation of Morguard's properties, including electricity conservation.

"Morguard is committed to improving environmental performance and developing environmental awareness throughout our facilities," says Gary Rainville, HVAC supervisor for the company's Queen Street properties. "Electricity conservation is a critical aspect of our Green Link program and the BOMA Go Green certification requirements. Being named as one of Hydro Ottawa's Companies for Conservation award recipients is very rewarding."

'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 Morguard

Morguard Investments is a national real estate advisory firm, which specializes in the management of real estate assets. Morguard acquires, develops and manages one of the most significant and diversified income property portfolios in Canada on behalf of institutional investors. For more information, visit Morguard's website at www.morguard.com.

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 285,000 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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