LEED Certification

7150 Derrycrest Drive is a three-storey office building, jointly owned by La Capitale Financial Security and Unica Insurance Inc., subsidiaries of La Capitale Financial Group. It was designed in compliance with the three main principles of sustainable development–environmental, economic and social performance–and with the objective of obtaining LEED®-CS Gold certification, one of the highest forms of recognition in the construction sector. Certification of 7150 Derrycrest Drive targeted 35 points and credits. The USGBC (US Green Building Council) certified the building as LEED® -CS Gold according to the principles established by the LEED® Core and Shell Rating System. Energy performance is maximized when these principles are applied, thereby reducing the site's impact on the environment. In addition, the interior design will be certified in the commercial interior category (LEED® -CI), in the near future.

  • A superior building, certified LEED®-CS Gold in October 2009
  • Productive, distinctive interior office space submitted for LEED®-CI certification
  • 3 storeys
  • 60,000 ft2 of office space
  • Vast, wooded site
  • Strategically located close to main transport arteries

7150 Derrycrest Drive is the product of the collaborative efforts of a team of professionals and consultants made up of architects, civil, mechanical and electrical engineers, various other professionals and commissioning agents, all certified by the USGBC as having demonstrated expertise in sustainable development (LEED®AP). This team planned the construction and interior design in line with the sustainable development goals of the owners, La Capitale Financial Group and its Ontario subsidiaries.

The following are various design and sustainable development features of 7150 Derrycrest Drive, Mississauga, Ontario on the basis of which LEED®-CS Gold certification was obtained in October 2009, with a total of 35 points and credits:

Sustainable site development (6/15)

A plan to manage erosion and sedimentation during construction was developed. The implementation of and adherence to the plan was monitored throughout construction by conducting regular site inspections, documenting deficiencies and rapidly applying corrective measures.

The 7150 Derrycrest Drive site was selected because of its reduced environmental footprint, which doesn't infringe on or disrupt eco-sensitive land or the habitat of endangered species. In addition, water runoff from the site was treated in order to remove 80% of pollutants before it entered the municipal stormwater network. 7150 Derrycrest Drive facilitates occupants' efforts to reduce atmospheric pollution by using environmentally friendly modes of transportation since bicycle stands, showers, change rooms and parking reserved for low emission, fuel-efficient vehicles, such as hybrids, are provided.

Efficient water management (3/5)

The building was designed to produce an outstanding potable water consumption reduction of more than 30% by landscaping with drought-tolerant native species that do not require maintenance or watering as well as by installing low-flow sanitary equipment with electronic sensors and dual flush toilets.

Energy and atmosphere (6/14)

By opting for high-efficiency heating, cooling, heat recovery and lighting equipment, 7150 Derrycrest Drive has significantly reduced its energy consumption. The energy model of 7150 Derrycrest Drive was compared to a reference building that meets the ASHREA 90.1-2004 standard requirements.

An energy simulation of the building revealed that energy consumption has been reduced by 37% and energy costs by 18% in relation to this reference model.

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the ozone layer in accordance with EAp3 and EAc4 standards, all HVAC equipment is CFC- and HCFC-free, and fire extinction systems do not contain halons. In addition, the building has a sub-metering network that measures electricity consumption.

Occupants have access to their electricity consumption information through an online database provided by the building owner.

Materials and resources (7/11)

To attain the minimum rate of recycling over 75% of waste products, the rate required to obtain waste management credits, the tradespeople and site staff received necessary training on the LEED® system to ensure that maximum performance was achieved. Furthermore, a high percentage of the materials selected for the building were obtained from local manufacturers and were produced with high recycled and regional content. The design and construction team achieved exceptional performance by exceeding the thresholds set for regional and recycled materials by fifty percent.

Indoor environmental quality (8/11)

Providing a high quality, healthy environment is key for creating a productive and comfortable workspace for occupants. The design team used materials with low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, increased the ventilation and used abundant natural daylight to enhance the interior environment.

The work was managed and monitored in order to prevent dust from entering the ventilation conduits by sealing them. Credit requirements were incorporated into the specifications, and tradespeople were trained at scheduled LEED®-focused construction meetings on the importance of indoor air quality for obtaining LEED® indoor air quality credits. All adhesives, sealants, paint, coatings and ground covering, such as carpets, used in the building met or exceeded VOC content requirements for core and shell under the LEED® system.

It is forbidden to smoke inside the building and exterior smoking areas are required to be more than 7.5 m from any building entry in order to guarantee the air quality for occupants.

Innovation in design (5/5)

Lastly, the design team and building owner recognize that the building must reduce its environmental footprint during operation and maintain the high performance for which it was designed. As a consequence, the owner has implemented an environmentally friendly cleaning policy to reduce exposure to harmful chemical products to a minimum. The building also features an interactive educational presentation in the lobby to inform occupants about the green features of their building and encourage them to continue reducing their environmental footprint. This information is also available on the web site of La Capitale, the owner-developer of the building.

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The following are various design and sustainable development features of 7150 Derrycrest Drive, Mississauga, Ontario on the basis of which LEED®-CI Gold certification will be obtained in the near future on a total of 33 targeted points and credits:

Sustainable site development (target: 4/7)

The wooded site is an exceptional asset for the building. The LEED-CS standards implemented during construction have minimized the environmental impact of the office design on the site. The provision of change rooms, bicycle stands and parking for fuel-efficient cars significantly contributes to reducing the environmental footprint and increasing eligibility for certification.

Efficient water management (target: 2/2)

The building was designed to produce an outstanding potable water consumption reduction of more than 30% with the installation of low-flow sanitary equipment with electronic sensors and dual flush toilets.

Energy and atmosphere (target: 4/12)

Reduction of energy needs is at the heart of sustainable development and certification. As a consequence, the occupants have decided to purchase and use office equipment that complies with Energy Star standards and use low-energy lighting. The building allows occupants to reduce their overall energy needs as a result of its high performance design.

Materials and resources (target: 8/14)

A plan for managing recyclable material was implemented in the building and was monitored during interior construction and set-up. The occupants and site employees were trained on the LEED® system to ensure maximum performance of more than 75%. Furthermore, a high percentage of the materials selected for construction of the interior were obtained from local manufacturers and were produced with high recycled and regional content. All wood used in the project came from forests where production is FSC-certified.

Indoor environmental quality (target: 10/17)

This category is the most important one for LEED®-CI certification, given it is the one over which the occupants have the most control. Providing a high quality, healthy environment is key for creating a productive and comfortable workspace for occupants. The interior design team, by adding precise requirements to the specifications, used materials with low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions for new furniture, ground coverings, paint, sealants, adhesives and coatings. The work was managed and monitored in order to prevent dust from entering the ventilation conduits by sealing them during building and interior construction.

The building's rules forbid smoking inside the building and exterior smoking areas are required to be more than 7.5 m from any building entry in order to guarantee air quality for occupants.

Innovation in design (target: 5/5)

Finally, the interior design team and occupants recognize that the building must reduce its environmental footprint during operation and maintain the high performance for which it was designed. As a consequence, the owner implemented an environmentally friendly cleaning policy to reduce exposure to harmful chemical products to a minimum. In addition, the policy of installing low-mercury lighting, promoting physical activity in the workplace, and reducing perfume in the environment are all elements that have been implemented to improve air quality and employees' health. The use of high performance videoconference rooms allows long-distance management from Quebec and all over Canada, thereby eliminating travel. The building also features an interactive educational presentation in the lobby to inform employees about the green features of their building and encourage them to continue reducing their environmental footprint. This information is also available on the web site of La Capitale, the owner-developer of the building.

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