When it comes to being green, Brampton’s Bramalea City Centre received top marks.
The shopping centre scored 90 per cent on its BOMA BESt assessment and in the process became the first one-million-square-foot-plus enclosed shopping centre to receive a Level 4 certification.
“We are thrilled to be recognized for our commitment to the environment,” Bao Lu, operations manager for Morguard Investments, said in a statement. “We are proud of our environmental leadership and hope our efforts to improve energy efficiencies will serve as an example to others in our industry.”
BOMA BESt Version 2
The Building and Owners Managers Association of Canada (BOMA) developed its national certification program for commercial buildings in order to recognize and reward environmental leadership within the industry.
BOMA Canada launched its BESt Version 2 in January 2012. Version 2 demands higher standards of energy and environmental performance in the building assessment surveys that demonstrate the industry’s best practices.
The program is designed to measure the environmental performance and management of existing buildings. Included in the program are offices, shopping centres, open-air retail plazas, light industrial buildings and multi-unit residential buildings.
In order to gain certification, the buildings must show superior performance and management in energy, water, waste reduction, the reduction of site emissions and effluents and in indoor environment, and environmental management systems.
Beyond meeting those requirements, Bramalea City Centre offers a free electric vehicle charging stations, where electric vehicle owners can charge up while shopping.
Sixth-largest shopping centre in Canada
Owned by Morguard Investments, Bramalea City Centre is the fourth-largest shopping centre in Ontario and the sixth-largest in Canada. The centre features a tenant mix of more than 350 stores and services on an 82.2-acre site.
Tenants include Joe Fresh, Pandora, and Target and anchor retail chains Sears, the Bay, Metro and Best Buy. Three mini centres are located along the perimeter of the property with nationally branded services, retailers and restaurants, including ScotiaBank, the LCBO, Home Outfitters and Moxie’s Grill & Bar.
The awarding of the certification reinforces Morguard Inc.’s ongoing commitment to sustainability in its buildings.
Morguard’s commitment to greening its portfolio
In Ottawa, the company’s 21-storey, 360,000-sq.-ft. office building, Performance Court, is aiming for a LEED Gold designation as well as a 45 per cent reduction in energy consumption, compared with the Model National Energy Code for Buildings.
Performance Court is also integrating into the development historic Grant House, built in 1875.
In Victoria, Morguard achieved LEED Gold Neighborhood Development designation with its Uptown development. The buildings on the 18.75- acre site incorporate recycled materials, rainwater harvesting, energy-efficient street lighting and more.
As well, over the last couple of years, the company has been rolling out rooftop solar power generators. By the end of 2014, the firm expects to have 15 electrovoltaic power panel installations in place. Some of the panels can reach 80,000 sq. ft. in size and generate about 500 kilowatts of power.
Morguard has extensive retail, office, industrial and residential holdings owned directly and through its investment in Morguard REIT and Morguard North American Residential REIT. The company’s total assets under management are valued at approximately $14.7 billion.