Environment Case Studies


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ExpandSmall changes lead to big energy savings at 130 Bloor

The challenge at 130 Bloor St West in Toronto was to increase the building’s low Energy Star score of 43 to a score of 85 by the end of year 2016. This would help lower operating costs and make it possible for the building to achieve LEED® Gold certification in 2016-17 in order to appeal to a broad tenant base.

In January 2014, Bentall Kennedy took over as the Property Manager.  Detailed operational analytics were collected and an improvement program was proposed and approved

 

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ExpandLED bi-level retro-fit at Metro Towers

Built in 2002, Metro Towers, a premium residential property in downtown Vancouver required a lighting upgrade in its stairwells to ensure compliance with the building code.

Bentall Kennedy commissioned a study to explore the best opportunity to combine energy efficiency with the required lighting upgrade. 

 

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ExpandEfficient by Design at 1900 16th Street

 

  The sustainability success story of 1900 16th Street in Denver, CO, has been a result of progressive layers of commitment from ownership, tenants and management. In 2014, the building was awarded LEED EB:O&M Platinum certification.

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ExpandFueled up at the Octagon

 
The Octagon is a 14-storey, 500 unit, apartment building located on Roosevelt Island, NY, that also includes the rehabilitation of the historic Octagon Building, serving primarily as a common area. It was designed to help minimize emissions and is among the best in its class on sustainability measures. Innovative features in the property include a large array of solar panels and a 400kW fuel cell which converts natural gas to electricity using a combustion-free process creating fewer GHGs, while utilizing waste by-products for heating.

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ExpandWorld Exchange Plaza LEED certification

 

World Exchange Plaza in downtown Ottawa, Ontario achieved LEED EB:O&M Gold certification in October of 2012.  World Exchange Plaza is a Class A office complex including two office towers, a multi-level retail concourse, five levels of underground parking, and an open-air amphitheatre.   

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ExpandSolar rooftop HVAC unit

 

At a retail property In Waterloo, Ontario, our team installed a solar-powered rooftop HVAC unit, the first of its kind in Ontario.  From installation in August to the end of December 2012, the solar panels generated over 400kWh of energy, offsetting the same amount of carbon as 6 trees.


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ExpandIrrigation retrofit leads to water savings


  A property owner with four industrial facilities in the Toronto area sought to address high landscaping costs. It was discovered that the irrigation systems alone were losing 50% of water due to overspray, wind and evaporation.  

 

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ExpandWater Savings at 200 King Street West

In late 2010, implementation of a new water treatment program got underway at 200 King Street West, a high-rise office tower in Toronto. At the time, the existing system fed chemicals in liquid form through a very outdated controller system. Upon start-up of the new program, an updated controller and dry chemical feed system was installed. This upgrade allowed for better control of the chemical feed system along with significant water savings.

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ExpandHarvesting rainwater and new perspectives on payback

A fresh perspective on payback made the case for Bentall Kennedy’s client to install a rainwater harvesting system at a new development in Mississauga, Ontario.

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ExpandReducing water consumption by 35%

  Southern Alberta is the first region in Canada to grapple with prolonged water scarcity. The province has only 2.2% of Canada’s renewable freshwater – 80% of that water is in the north of the province while 80% of the population is in Southern Alberta. Water scarcity is being exacerbated by a rapidly growing population, periodic droughts and climate change. Significant annual increases in municipal water rates are expected to continue well above the rate of inflation. 

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ExpandRetrofits save water and help manage water costs

Water-saving retrofits will help apartment complex McClurg Court Center manage water costs as City of Chicago water rates increase by more than 50% from 2012 to 2015.


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ExpandExemplary practices in waste management

As a large property management company, we recognize that the generation of waste within our buildings and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions have a big impact on the environment. When it comes to waste management, our main focus is on reducing the amount that is sent to landfill while driving improvements in our waste diversion numbers.

 

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ExpandOscar the Grouch launches composting program


A composting program was launched on November 1, 2011 at 1075 West George Street in Vancouver to divert organic waste from landfill with Oscar the Grouch (aka Marjo McDougall, property manager) delivering compost bins to all tenants in the building on Halloween.

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ExpandZero Waste at Cloverdale Mall

 

  Cloverdale Mall in Toronto is reducing waste, increasing  recycling and diverting more garbage away from landfills. During Earth Week in April 2011, Cloverdale launched an organics diversion program as part of its waste management program and announced plans to become a Zero Waste facility.The Zero Waste mission builds on success in recent years. In 2009, it diverted 65% of its waste materials from landfill; by 2010 this had increased to nearly 70%.

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ExpandGreen Parking and Electric Charging Station at Bower Place

On Earth Day 2014, Bower Place Shopping Centre launched the Scottsville Group Green Parking Zone and Electric Charging Station. This addition is not a fad, but a commitment to a green future. Shoppers can now top up or charge their electric vehicle, or park their hybrid vehicle, while they shop for the most current fashion trends or grab a bite in the food court!  

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ExpandTransit-oriented development

  We're finding value in the dense urban form.  Over 80% of North Americans live in cities, and trends show growing preferences for urban mixed-use locations near public transit.

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