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Government office first to receive highest level of LEED Canada certification


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April 26, 2012

The MOE’s Queen’s Park office on the 10th and 11th Floor of Ferguson Block has received LEED CI Platinum – the first government office to receive the highest level of LEED Canada certification. The Toronto office is home to over 170 MOE employees and includes the offices of the Minister and Deputy Minister of the Environment. The MOE also measures and tracks its carbon footprint as part of its efforts to reduce its carbon emissions associated with fleet vehicle travel, commuting travel, building energy use, building water use, and building waste generation. The ministry’s workplace greening program was given an award by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. Designed by Freeman + Freeman Architects with LEED Consulting and Building Performance Monitoring by Enermodal, the space has a variety of green features including CO2 sensors in the meeting rooms, daylighting and occupancy sensors, a living wall, high-efficiency T5 and seven-watt LED lighting, over 60 per cent regional materials, and daylighting/views in 90 per cent of occupied spaces. The office has two Enermodal Green Education Kiosks – one touchscreen explains the LEED features of the space, and the second shows “live data” of the actual energy use of the space by load and by floor. As the measurement and verification consultant, Enermodal monitored the metered energy use of the space and found that the office is performing quite well in over one year of operation (energy use expressed in kWh/m2):
Load       Baseline    MOE Consumption    Savings
Lighting       27                   10                          64%
Plug Loads  39                   20                         48%


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