Ottawa Building Achieves Canada’s First Certified LEED v4 Existing Building Project

Ottawa Building Achieves Canada’s First Certified LEED v4 Existing Building Project

November 8, 2016

The first LEED v4 certification for an existing building in Canada has been awarded to 270 Albert Street, a 14-storey, 164,000 square foot office tower in downtown Ottawa managed by Blackwood Partners Inc. and property managed by Blackwood Partners Corporation.

Having undergone several major retrofits since the building was constructed in 1975, the multi-tenant building was already operating efficiently when an energy audit was conducted in 2013. By implementing the recommendations of the audit, the operations team was able to improve the building’s energy performance by a further 25%, resulting in an impressive energy use intensity of 20 ekWh/sf and an energy star score of 91.

A close partnership between Blackwood and the LEED consultant for the project, WSP Canada, allowed the entire process, from initial planning to performance verification and documentation, to be completed in just over one year. The final LEED certification was achieved in only 18 months after the planning process began.

Project team

  • Asset Manager: Blackwood Partners Inc.
  • Property Manager: Blackwood Partners Corporation
  • LEED Consultant: WSP
  • Energy Consultant: WSP
  • IAQ Consultant: WSP

 

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