Hydro One Networks Inc. – LEED Certification

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The first phase of Hydro One’s Corporate Office Renovation is a pilot project for Hydro One which will be used as a model for creating healthy office space for its employees and an example for future renovation projects.  As LEED Consultants, Green Reason worked with the project team to create a sustainable office environment including:

  • Lighting system designed to reduce power required to illuminate the space by 20% below the standard benchmark for office lighting design.
  • The HVAC system achieves energy savings with appropriate zoning and controls. The system addresses each solar exposure separately and allows for heating and cooling zones to be separated.
  • An enhanced commissioning program was completed for the space. An independent third party commissioning agent led the commissioning DSC_3133process to ensure all lighting and HVAC systems were functioning efficiently and in accordance with the design.
  • To complement the efficient base building washroom fixtures, the faucet installed in the staff lunch room has a flow rate to 5.7 litres per minute. Combined, the calculated water usage is 30% below conventional water fixtures.
  • All kitchen appliances and most office equipment is Energy Star rated to reduce plug load.
  • New construction materials such as carpet, drywall, insulation, ceiling tiles and millwork were chosen to maximize recycled content.
  • Almost 70% of construction materials and new furniture used on the project were manufactured in or near Southern Ontario which reduces the environmental impact of shipping long distances.
  • An Indoor Air Quality Test was completed before staff moved in to confirm that measures implemented during the renovation successfully protected the indoor air quality.

This project was awarded LEED® Canada-CI Gold Certification from the Canada Green Building Council in June 2013.

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