Zero carbon building reaches new heights with first ZCB-Performance v2 certification
Scotia Plaza’s 40 King Street West is a commercial high-rise located in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. In June 2020, it became the largest zero carbon building in Canada, and the first to certify under Zero Carbon Building - Performance v2.
Designed by WZMH Architects and completed in 1988, Scotia Plaza’s 40 King Street West features 68 storeys of above-grade AAA Class commercial office space, and below-grade, one level of retail and four levels of parking. The building is a concrete frame, clad with distinctive granite claddings and punched window openings with double-glazed, aluminum-framed windows that make the building stand out in the Toronto skyline.
Accelerating to zero in Toronto’s financial core
Scotia Plaza’s 40 King St. W. is recognized as one of the first major office towers in Canada to achieve LEED Platinum certification. As a premium location in the heart of the financial district, it was important to the building owners, KingSett Capital, Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), and James Richardson & Sons Limited (JSRL), that the building maintain the highest operating standards.
“The path to becoming a zero carbon building started by making the necessary building and operational enhancements to achieve LEED Platinum, which was an integral step in being able to achieve the Zero Carbon Building certification,” said Bill Logar, EVP of Asset Management at KingSett Capital. “This achievement makes 40 King St. W. a healthier, more sustainable, and all-around more environmentally sound workplace.”
KingSett invests in sustainable and innovative solutions that go beyond the building to enhance communities, mitigate risk, and reduce environmental impact – including reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. KingSett is committed to developing asset-specific carbon neutrality roadmaps for its assets. Having achieved LEED Platinum, Fitwel, and WiredScore certification at 40 King St. W., tackling GHG emissions using the Zero Carbon Building Standard was a natural next step. Achieving and maintaining these high standards is critical for the overall environmental, social, governance and resilience performance of the building.