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TELUS House Ottawa awarded LEED Gold certification

2010-10-07 00:00:00

September 29, 2010

TELUS House Ottawa awarded LEED Gold certification

Adopting the LEED rating system for new and existing buildings is part of TELUS’ commitment to reducing environmental impact across its operations

Ottawa, ON – TELUS House Ottawa has been awarded the LEED Gold certification for new construction from the Canadian Green Building Council, a significant upgrade from the silver rating that was targeted by TELUS when the project got underway five years ago. The building is the largest in Ottawa to receive LEED certification to date.

“This important ranking brings home to us all how we can make a real difference benefiting the environment,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. “When we undertook this project just five years ago, the steps we took to reduce energy and water consumption were cutting-edge concepts. What we accomplished in Ottawa set the stage for taking an increasingly green approach to our buildings across Canada. We are striving for LEED Gold or better in new buildings, retrofitting and reprogramming our older buildings and making strides towards having 70 per cent of our 35,000 team members working from home at least part time within five years from today.”

In the last five years, TELUS has implemented programs called Future Friendly Workplace and Work Styles promoting green workplaces and teleworking to create environmental, social and business benefits. The Future Friendly Workplace program exemplifies TELUS’ commitment to the environment and its team members as evidenced by three buildings that have either been LEED certified or are pending certification. The TELUS Work Styles program encourages team members to work from home or in open office concepts to reduce environmental impacts and improve the balance between their personal and work lives.

“TELUS’ Future Friendly Workplace and Work Styles programs are healthy for TELUS team members, for our customers, and the communities across Canada that we call home,” Mr. Entwistle said. “We are building workspaces and supporting work styles that encourage creativity and engagement while reducing our impact on our planet. We are proud that TELUS has a place among the world’s leading green corporations.”

Since opening the 160,000 square foot, nine-floor TELUS House Ottawa in 2007 which recently received the LEED Gold certification. TELUS has also pursued LEED Gold certification in partnership with the building developers of its new building at 25 York Street in Toronto and LEED Silver for a retrofit of an existing older building at 300 rue Saint-Paul in Quebec City. In addition, TELUS has made renovations in two large office complexes in Burnaby, B.C. and Scarborough, Ontario where the company occupies over 1.2 million square feet, and will be pursuing LEED certification for these buildings.

LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. In Canada, the rating system is administered nationally by the Canada Green Building Council. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health, including sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“Achieving LEED Gold certification is a significant achievement,” said Thomas Mueller, President & CEO of Canada Green Building Council. “TELUS’ leadership in this area shows how green buildings contribute to corporate social responsibility including enhancing the well-being and productivity of employees.”

To reach the gold rating in Ottawa, TELUS reduced energy consumption by 40 per cent from the national energy code level, reduced water usage by 40 per cent by using high-efficiency plumbing, and placed the building directly on a public transportation route such that 80 per cent of the building’s occupants arrive to work by transit, on foot or by bicycle. It makes maximum use of natural lighting, harvests rainwater for use, and offers employees high-quality indoor air. During construction more than 75 per cent of debris was recycled.

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.6 billion of annual revenue and 12 million customer connections including 6.7 million wireless subscribers, 3.8 million wireline network access lines, 1.2 million Internet subscribers and 228,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $158 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 3.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

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