Sun Life Financial Centre

Ottawa, Ontario

June 8, 2013

Rating System/Standard
Certification Level
Building Type

Situated in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the Sun Life Financial Centre (SLFC) is comprised of two office towers connected through a bright and welcoming central atrium. At over one million square feet, the centrally located building is home to a mix of local, national, and international organizations.

The SLFC first received LEED for Existing Buildings Gold certification in 2011 and in March 2017, the building earned LEED for Existing Buildings Platinum recertification.

The following case study was written using responses previously provided for a LEED Spotlight in May 2017, and is the result of an interview with Brandon Malleck, Manager, Technical Services and Projects at Bentall Kennedy.LEED certification provides credibility For Bentall Kennedy, LEED certification drives value for their clients, reduces risks and costs to their tenants and motivates their staff. “Operating a high-performance building is a part of Bentall Kennedy’s market-leading approach to Responsible Property Investing which integrates environmental, social and governance principles into everything that we do,” says Mr. Malleck. “We have certified under the most relevant rating systems as they were available. Certifying a green building provides credibility to the industry-leading work that we do as an organization and the operations team at the Sun Life Financial Centre.”

LEED Platinum delivers significant energy and water savings

The building now has over 200 metering points that include all tenant loads, heating and cooling systems, and lighting systems. With this additional metering for energy and water, Bentall Kennedy anticipates that it will lead to future performance improvements. The building’s ENERGY STAR Score has increased significantly from their previous certification and they plan to improve further. “You could say that our ENERGY STAR target is 100. At our last certification we had 75 now we are at 95. We also look at normalized energy use intensity as a target metric – our January 1, 2020 target NEUI is 13.9 ekWh/sqft/year, which should yield a score of 98,” says Mr. Malleck.

100% of the water performance credits were achieved, in part due to the ongoing washroom upgrades and focus on improved performance.

Additional project features

  • LEED requirements have been included in most service contracts executed over the past few years (such as cleaning and pest management)
  • Central location with great access to cycling and bus routes
  • Future connection to the Ottawa Light Rail
  • Tracking tenant commuting habits in order to monitor commuting for future GHG focus shifts
  • A five year commitment to maintain a substantial area of green space through the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
  • An improved waste auditing process
  • Development of an IAQ training program for operations staff


Certification LevelPlatinum
Rating SystemLEED Canada for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009
Total Points earned81
Sustainable Sites20 out of 26
Water Efficiency8 out of 14
Energy & Atmosphere30 out of 35
Materials & Resources4 out of 10
Indoor Environmental Quality9 out of 15
Innovation6 out of 6
Regional Priority4 out of 4

More Case Studies

Humber Cultural Hub

The art of green building The Humber Cultural Hub (HCH) is part of…
April 2, 2024

Waterfront Innovation Centre

Conceived to achieve the highest standards in environmental sustainability, Menkes Developments‘ state-of-the-art Waterfront…
March 18, 2024

Co-operators New Headquarters

The new Co-operators headquarters building located at 101 Cooper Drive, Guelph, aims to…
June 16, 2023

Vancouver Convention Centre – West

Maintains double LEED Platinum certification Nestled in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, the…
September 16, 2022