Efficiency Nova Scotia moving to Green building, Burnside News, June 24th, 2011
Efficiency Nova Scotia moving to Green building
Published on June 24, 2011
Efficiency Nova Scotia is moving to Burnside in September, taking up residence in Park Place V – a LEED Silver certified building.
Efficiency Nova Scotia will soon take up residence in one of the region’s greenest office buildings. The corporation announced today it will be moving in September to Park Place V in Burnside.
The super energy-efficient office building developed and constructed by The Armour Group was recently awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification in the new construction category. LEED certification is an internationally-recognized sustainable building rating system.
“This is a milestone in the development of Efficiency Nova Scotia. The move to a green building is aligned with our company’s energy efficiency mandate and to our commitment to sustainable business operations,” says interim CEO Allan Crandlemire. He adds the new building will provide Efficiency Nova Scotia employees with “an exciting and healthy, collaborative work environment.”
The five-story building uses 51 per cent less energy compared to Canada’s current national energy standard for new construction, with more than 40 per cent of construction materials manufactured or extracted in Atlantic Canada.
Efficiency Nova Scotia has signed a five-year lease for space to accommodate its nearly 60 current employees. It aims to fit up its own space to the level of LEED Platinum standard for commercial interiors.
“At the very least, we are highly confident we’ll minimally achieve Gold,” Crandlemire says. “It’s only fitting that we aim for a very high standard of efficiency because we advise our customers every day on how to be more energy efficient.”
This will involve incorporating such features as low-emitting and recycled materials, and maximum use of natural light.
“We're very pleased to have Efficiency Nova Scotia on board as a tenant,” says Armour Group’s founder and chair Ben McCrea. “Their mandate is a natural fit for Park Place V and for Armour’s commitment to sustainable development and good environmental building practices.”
Efficiency Nova Scotia is an independent organization responsible for developing and administering energy efficiency programs in Nova Scotia.