Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba

With this project Manitoba Hydro set out to design the most energy efficient and sustainable office tower in North America and and in its first year post–completion, it has been demonstrated to be 70 per cent more energy efficient than a typical office tower . It was one of the first climatically responsive designed office towers in Canada and all aspects of the form and the building components were designed with this as a key objective. In its first year post-completion, it surpassed its targets and has energy savings equivalent to an annual savings of over $750,000.

WaterPark Place in Toronto, Ontario

In 2014 WaterPark Place became the first project in Canada to earn LEED Platinum recertification, earning first LEED Gold for Existing Buildings in April 2012, and then LEED Platinum for Core & Shell Development in 2014. The goal was to re-establish WaterPark Place as a premiere commercial real estate destination in the downtown core of Canada's largest city. A part of owner Oxford Property Group's sustainability strategy is using integrated building systems to manage energy savings and occupant comfort on a daily basis, while constantly revisiting their policies and execution in order to ensure that day to day operations match sustainability goals.

Maison du Développement Durable (Centre for Sustainable Development) in Montreal, Quebec

One of the most prominent LEED certified projects in Quebec, the Centre for Sustainable Development is located in downtown Montreal and is one of the most energy efficient offices in Quebec. It earned this certification by incorporating efficient lighting, an outer envelope that includes windows with triple glass and films of low emissivity, and heating and cooling that comes from 28 geothermal wells. As with many of Canada's greenest buildings, the Centre for Sustainable Development organized a large, multidisciplinary team of architects, consulting engineers, contractors, researchers, suppliers and the like in order to ensure its success.

Toronto-Dominion Centre at 222 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario

The Toronto-Dominion Centre (a collection of six buildings) has been a sustainability leader and innovator for over a decade, capping its success with this 2014 LEED Platinum certification for Existing Building. Their revitalization program has invested over $200 million in modernization and sustainable upgrades to TDC properties, resulting in either LEED Gold or Platinum certification for each of its six towers. This has been achieved by working in close partnership with their tenants through the TDC Green Council and other initiatives, and has resulted in major results in key areas such as recycling, energy and water management, and community awareness.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia

CIRS was developed in response to the challenge of creating a more sustainable society, and designed to be the most innovative building in North America at the time of its construction. The building opened in 2011 and acts as a 'living laboratory' where students, researchers and partners test and demonstrate designs and technologies that advance our understanding of sustainable building and community practices. Integrated buildings systems, comprehensively monitored and centrally controlled, are designed to meet four net-positive goals in energy, embodied carbon emissions, operational carbon emissions, and water consumption.

Nova Scotia Power Headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia

This project transformed a coal-fired power station on the Halifax harbor into a LEED Platinum commercial building employing 600 people. It used an innovative construction strategy that involved the reuse of the existing steel structure and exterior concrete, which was able to serve as the foundation for the new floors. This building was also the first major use of "chilled beam" technology in Atlantic Canada. This system uses low-energy sea water rather than air to transport cooling, which in turns lowers energy consumption. The result has been a project that acknowledges its industrial past, in addition to offering the public access to the waterfront where none existed before.

The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia

VanDusen Botanical Garden Centre is known one of British Columbia's most beautiful and sustainable buildings. It was built with the intention of mimicking the natural environment using biophilic design, meaning that its design recognizes the instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. By incorporating elements of the surrounding natural environment into the design of this project, it:

  • Promotes healing and health;
  • Provides a learning opportunity for visitors, and can contribute to higher productivity and creativity to those who work and visit there; and
  • Shows a strong appreciation and understanding of nature.

The building is also net-zero, meaning the total amount of energy and water used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy and water created on the site.

Centennial Place in Calgary, Alberta

Centennial Place is a two-tower complex located in downtown Calgary, originally completed in 2010 where it achieved LEED Gold certification for Core & Shell Development. It remained committed to implementing and maintaining its operational policies and green building features, and in January 2015 became Alberta's first major office tower to certify LEED Platinum, this time in the Existing Buildings category. It did so through a number of innovative green strategies including building systems that are industry-leading in energy efficiency, a Zero Waste Program that diverts 75 per cent of waste from landfills, and active engagement with tenants so that they understand and can contribute to green building initiatives.

Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario

The ACCE is a great case of educating through example. The building was the result of a partnership between the local construction industry and Algonquin College, who both recognized the need to create a modern, sustainable space for construction-related educational and training needs. The building houses classes for many professional disciplines in the industry including architecture, interior design, engineering technology, and building trades. The building not only serves as a physical example of what students are learning, but it helps them remember that sustainability is key to the future of construction.

Le Saint-Dizier in Montreal, Quebec

The Province of Quebec is known as a leader in sustainable housing, and this two-story multi-family residence certified LEED Canada for Homes Platinum is a great example of the excellent work being done in Canada's Belle Province. Units were built with full modern design and finish to appeal to potential tenants, but at the highest sustainability standards. This includes heated concrete floors in every room which provide optimal comfort, superior soundproofing, low-e energy efficient window glass and a white rooftop that minimizes building heat absorption.

Robinson Place in Peterborough, Ontario

This government office space and home to the Ministry of Natural Resources is Infrastructure Ontario's first LEED Platinum certified Existing Building project. Governments are increasingly choosing LEED certification as a means of demonstrating their public commitment to reducing environmental impact and because it is financially practical with good return on investment. The team at Robinson Place earned LEED's highest level by upgrading their building automation system, implementing policies for green cleaning, landscaping and pest management, and establishing a community rooftop garden which provides organic vegetables to the local mission (a charitable organization).

CANMET Laboratories (Natural Resources Canada) in Hamilton, Ontario

This federal government project consists of 143,000 sqft building that houses Natural Resources Canada's CANMET Laboratories at the McMaster Innovation Park. CANMET plays a leading role in developing and promoting a sound scientific foundation for protocols related to metals and metal products, as well as environmental protection decisions at both a national and international level. The McMaster Innovation Park involved the transformation of vacant brownfields and warehouses into a premiere research park, housing laboratory, office, teaching, training, and conference facilities.