In May of 2005, one month before its official opening, the Niagara-on-the-Lake business Stratus Vineyards became the first LEED-Certified winery in the world (certified by the Canada Green Building Council). To become LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, a business must meet a number of criteria. The essential requirements for an LEED certification include taking steps to reduce negative impact on the environment both during construction and on a permanent, operational basis.
Recycled materials were used in the construction process of Stratus Vineyards whenever possible. In addition, environmentally responsible features were incorporated into the building. These include a super-insulated roof; geothermal technology to heat and cool the building; resource and energy efficient electrical and plumbing systems; and a toxin-free waste management program. Native plants and flowers were used in the landscaping process for their ability to thrive without the support of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Even the type of stone that was used to pave the parking lot—a stone that reduces light-reflected heat—was chosen for sustainability purposes.
Charles Baker, Director of Marketing for Stratus Vineyards, remarked that “Stratus Vineyards recognizes the growing demand from a concerned public that the wine community contribute to the ever-increasing need for responsible environmental behavior.” Certainly, Stratus Vineyards provides a prime example to other vineyards as a business not only innovative in the way it crafts its wine (blending several grape varieties to create wines of complexity) but also in the environmentally friendly initiatives it has taken that led to its LEED certification.
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In addition to being one of Canada’s most successful integrated media and entertainment companies, Corus Entertainment has received accolades such as being among the 2013 list of Canada’s Greenest Employers and the 2013 list of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. The company owns 39 radio stations and delivers numerous television services, and it does so in a sustainable way.
Corus Quay, the new Toronto headquarters for Corus Entertainment, has implemented a number of eco-friendly initiatives. The building is accessible by public transportation, and the company encourages sustainable forms of transportation by offering 75 tenant-exclusive bicycle racks. Moreover, Corus Entertainment has taken steps toward water and energy conservation. The company has installed low-flow water fixtures throughout the building and a rooftop cistern that collects rainwater, initiatives that have resulted in Corus Entertainment reducing water consumption by upwards of 30%. A Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) system has been installed throughout the interior of the building, which consists of occupancy sensors that provide light only when someone is present and a daylight harvesting technique that dims the ballasts when natural light is abundant. These system features have reduced the amount of energy required by the lighting system by upwards of 30%. Energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment that is programmed based on solar exposure, location, occupancy, and space utilization has also been installed in the building. Also, carbon dioxide sensors have been installed to measure the approximate number of occupants in a particular area at any given time—information that is used to determine the exact amount of ventilated air required in a specific area, thereby reducing the amount of energy required for the HVAC system.
During the Corus Quay construction process, more than 75% of construction waste was diverted from landfills by salvaging materials for reuse and recycling. In addition, upwards of 20% of the materials used in the construction of Corus Quay’s interiors were made from recycled content, reducing the amount of energy required in the production of the materials. Upwards of 10% of the materials used were both extracted and manufactured locally. The wood wall treatment in the Orientation and Atrium space is reclaimed hemlock from a 1910 ferry terminal wharf in Toronto Harbour. The use of local goods and materials promotes the growth of local businesses and reduces the energy required to transport materials and products to the construction site.
Corus Quay features green rooftops that help reduce the heat-island effect. It also features a five story biowall in the Atrium. The plants that compose the biowall naturally clean the air and reduce energy consumption, improving air quality in the building.
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