Bentall Kennedy

Bentall Kennedy

December 19, 2011 14:08 ET

Sun Life Financial Centre Achieves LEED® for Existing Building GOLD Certification

A First for Ottawa

One of Just 20 in Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2011) - Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP announced today that they have achieved Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design for Existing Buildings (LEED® EB) GOLD certification for the Sun Life Financial Centre in Ottawa. Sun Life Financial Centre is the first office complex in Ottawa to achieve LEED® EB Gold certification.

To reach this milestone, Bentall Kennedy in partnership with Sun Life Financial and AIMco, the building's owners, undertook significant physical and operational improvements in water efficiency, indoor environmental quality such as green cleaning, and waste management over the past three years to increase occupant comfort and satisfaction while improving energy performance, and reducing the environmental impact of the Centre.

Sun Life Financial Centre secured the LEED® EB GOLD certification by achieving the following benchmarks for measurement: proven energy performance in comparison to similar buildings; optimal location where over 75% of occupants get to work via public transportation or walk, bike or carpool; indoor air quality that delivers optimum volumes of fresh air; a green cleaning program that protects occupants from chemical toxins; and, sustainable property management that includes sustainable procurement, practices and waste diversion programs.

What sets the Sun Life Financial Centre apart from other LEED® certified buildings?

Most LEED® certified buildings in Canada are new builds (certified under LEED® for New Construction). LEED® for New Construction awards the predicted performance of a building, not actual performance, meaning that it enables but does not guarantee a high performing building. In achieving LEED® EB, the Sun Life Financial Centre is certifying that it is a leader in building performance.

What does LEED® GOLD certification mean to the ordinary consumer who wonders what kind of energy savings are involved here? Putting it in the following way may make it easier to appreciate. Though various initiatives, Sun Life Financial Centre has succeeded in:

  • Taking the equivalent of 150 SUVs off the road every year
  • Decreasing the amount of energy consumed equivalent to 50 single family homes annually
  • Decreasing the number of trucks going to the landfill site by 13 every year

Certainly this is impressive and even more so if more buildings in Canada were to participate in environmental programs such as the Green to Great™ tracking and improvement program created by Halsall and in operation at Sun Life Financial Centre. This innovative program is designed to help property owners continually improve their building's performance; stay competitive in an evolving market; prepare for the next wave of green building labelling; and, demonstrate progress and commitment to sustainability to the building's stakeholders.

"Being green means more than achieving a certificate. It's an attitude and a commitment to continuous improvement," said Sean O'Sullivan of Bentall Kennedy.

"It necessitates making changes that are sometimes challenging for both tenants and management. However, the costs of not being energy conscious and environmentally responsible, will, as we all know, severely affect the health and quality of life for future generations," he added.

In an increasingly competitive commercial real estate market green buildings mean good business. More and more, green building certification is important for tenant attraction and retention. Tenants want spaces that offer a healthy work environment for employees, and both tenants and owners want to demonstrate corporate social responsibility by providing or leasing office space in LEED® certified buildings.

Achieving LEED® Gold certification is significant by energy standards, and Sun Life Financial, AIMco and Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP are pleased to be leading the way in Building Sustainability in the National Capital Region.

About Sun Life Financial Centre

The Sun Life Financial Centre is situated in the heart of Ottawa's downtown core at 50 O'Connor and 99 Bank Street. The building overlooks the Canadian Parliament Buildings - just steps away from the country's decision makers. Within the towers are a fully equipped conference room, reserved exclusively for the Centre's tenants. The building also features valet parking, hand car wash, secure bike racks, private showers, and a members-only club. The two towers that are connected by a glass-enclosed atrium consist of almost 1 million square feet of office space. Additionally, the floor plates are some of the largest in the City - perfect for efficiently accommodating discerning businesses.

About Bentall Kennedy

Bentall Kennedy is one of North America's largest real estate investment advisors and one of its foremost providers of real estate services. Bentall Kennedy serves the interests of more than 400 clients across 135 million square feet of office, retail, industrial, residential and hotel properties totalling $24 billion throughout North America. Bentall Kennedy has a 100-year track record of delivering superior returns and a reputation for integrity, innovation and creating value. Bentall Kennedy is a leader in responsible property investing. As part of our fiduciary framework, we seek to enhance asset performance by addressing the environmental, social and governance aspects of developing, owning and managing commercial real estate. For more information visit:

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