Toronto Office Sector On Track to Meet 10% Energy Reduction Goal

TORONTO, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Outstanding energy reduction efforts and 
achievements by the Toronto region's commercial real estate sector were 
announced at CivicAction's second annual Race to Reduce Awards event last 
night. Winners' energy reduction efforts contributed to a collective 2.0%* 
per cent energy reduction by participants in the first year of the four-year 
Race to Reduce smart energy office challenge. 
The 2012 Race to Reduce awards took place as part of the Toronto Real Estate 
Forum. The event is one of several during the week-long celebration of 
CivicAction's ten years of driving conversation and creating collaborative 
solutions that shape our communities, strengthen our environment, and bolster 
our economy. 
Other award highlights include: 

    --  Building performance: Brookfield Office Properties and Crown
        Property Management led the way in Lowest Overall Energy Use,
        and Crown Property Management and the City of Toronto captured
        the Greatest Energy Reduction year-over-year awards.
    --  Action and innovation: Royal Bank of Canada and Cadillac
        Fairview Corporation demonstrated the magic of landlord-tenant
        collaboration at 155 Wellington with LEED Gold certifications.
        Rogers Communications excelled in the landlord category for the
        results at its Brampton Campus, and TD Bank Group shone in the
        tenant category for its employee-engagement initiatives.

Launched in May 2011, CivicAction's Race to Reduce challenges Toronto region 
landlords and tenants in office buildings of all types, sizes and ages to 
publicly commit to work together to reduce energy use in their buildings and 
to reduce the total energy use in participating office buildings by at least 
10 per cent over four years. The aim is to improve air quality in the Toronto 
region and achieve sustained carbon emission reductions in the office building 
sector, which now contributes close to 20% of the region's carbon emissions, 
according to the Living City Report Card. With over 600 landlords and tenants 
now participating in the Race to Reduce, 61 were recognized and celebrated at 
the annual awards that attracted leaders from the region's commercial real 
estate community. These participants occupy over 63.3 million square feet of 
office space - about 31 per cent of the total office space across the Toronto 

"Last night put a spotlight on some of the incredible efforts and results that 
our participants are making in their quest to reduce energy and change the way 
they operate and behave in their buildings," said Brad Henderson, Senior 
Managing Director at CBRE Limited and voluntary Co-Chair of the Commercial 
Building Energy Leadership Council.

Steve Smith, real estate executive and fellow Co-Chair of the Commercial 
Building Energy Leadership Council and member of CivicAction's Greening 
Greater Toronto Task Force, adds, "With a 2.0 per cent reduction in the first 
year of the Race we're on track to achieving the 2014 target. The potential is 
immense - a collective 10 per cent reduction over four years equals 37,000 
tonnes of carbon emissions saved, or nearly 27,000 cars off the road. 
Participants will enjoy a collective savings of over $25.6 million in energy 
costs over four years, and $12.8 million annually in perpetuity."

*Based on 2010-2011 Total Site Energy Use (kBtu)

For more information about the Race to Reduce and a full list of award 
winners, see below and visit

2012 Race to Reduce Award Winners
Congratulations to all Race to Reduce participants and to winners in the 
following categories:

Building Performance - Lowest Energy Use
Awards were presented based on building performance data submitted to Energy 
Star's Portfolio Manager, and their resulting Energy Star performance ratings.


Under 300,000ft(2):
    --  105 Adelaide Street West, Brookfield Office Properties (Energy
        Star performance rating of 92);  tied with
    --  2001 Sheppard Avenue East, Crown Property Management (Energy
        Star performance rating of 92)

Over 300,000 ft(2):
    --  The Exchange Tower, Brookfield Office Properties (Energy Star
        performance rating of 93)

These winners achieved impressive results. An Energy Star performance rating 
of 92 indicates that the building is among the top 8% of similar buildings 
across North America, while a rating of 93 indicates that the building is 
among the top 7% of similar buildings across North America.

Building Performance - Greatest Energy Reduction (2010 - 2011)

Under 300,000 ft(2):
    --  415 Yonge Street, Crown Property Management (9% reduction in
        site energy intensity)

Over 300,000 ft(2):
    --  Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street (18% reduction in site
        energy intensity)

Action & Innovation
Awards recognize participants who have demonstrated leadership and superior 
commitment to energy reduction or efficiency through their actions and/or 
innovative excellence.

Building team: Royal Bank of Canada and Cadillac Fairview Corporation (155 
This winning team truly demonstrated a strong landlord-tenant relationship in 
achieving LEED Gold designations for both the construction and interior 
fit-out aspect of their building. In doing so, they followed through on 
their corporate commitments, raised the level of sustainability dialogue with 
occupants, and achieve an overall energy intensity of 254 ekWh/m(2) 
(equivalent kilowatt hours per square metre).

Landlord: Rogers Communications (Brampton Campus at 8200 Dixie Road)
In 2011, Rogers undertook four key energy initiatives, including a lighting 
retrofit of 1,549 fixtures, research and design of high efficiency gas-fired 
rooftop units, a roof replacement project, and a smart satellite-based 
irrigation system. In addition to driving significant energy savings (the 
lighting retrofit achieved a 60% reduction), this landlord maximized their 
efforts by communicating best practices through their Energy & Carbon 
Reduction Committee.

Tenant: TD Bank Group
This tenant took on a large task by bringing its sustainability program to the 
employee level by setting a GHG reduction goal of 1 tonne per employee by 
2015. They demonstrated quantifiable results (early results show an average of 
12% monthly electricity savings) and created a positive change that has real 
potential to influence other large tenants.

Landlord-Tenant Engagement
Fifty three buildings earned engagement awards. This award recognizes the top 
30% of buildings with the most tenant space participating in the Race (as 
measured by Gross Leasable Area), in six building size categories.

A full list of award recipients can be found at

This project is funded in part through the Conservation Fund of the Ontario 
Power Authority. CivicAction would like to acknowledge the support of 2012 
Race to Reduce Awards Gold Sponsors CBRE Limited and BOMA Toronto.

CivicAction is also grateful for the support provided to the Race to Reduce by 
program sponsors BLJC, Cushman & Wakefield, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Green 
Business Standards, Toronto Hydro, and Union Gas, and media and communication 
partners Canadian Property Management, Building Strategies and Sustainability, 
and NATIONAL Public Relations.

About CivicAction 
For the past 10 years, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (CivicAction) 
has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to 
tackle some of our region's toughest social, economic and environmental 
challenges. CivicAction sets a non-partisan agenda, builds strategic 
partnerships, and launches campaigns, programs and organizations that 
transform our region. CivicAction is led by a Board of Directors and a 
75-leader Steering Committee. For 2012-2013, CivicAction has three areas of 
focus: accelerating regional transportation; enhancing the region's economic 
performance; and fostering inclusion and resilience. For more information 
visit:, @CivicActionGTA

About Greening Greater Toronto
Greening Greater Toronto ( is an initiative of 
the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. More than 200 partners from 
corporations, government, and the non-profit sector have joined Greening 
Greater Toronto and support the vision of a flourishing region renowned for 
its environmental action and innovation.

For more information, including to interview Brad Henderson or Mitzie  Hunter, 
please contact:

Meaghan Moroz 416-848-1450

Image with caption: "The 2012 Race to Reduce awards recognized over 60 winners 
in three categories: Landlord-tenant engagement, Action & Innovation, and 
Building energy performance. Winners' energy reduction efforts contributed to 
a collective 2.0% energy reduction by participants in the first year of the 
four-year Race to Reduce smart energy office challenge. (CNW 
Group/CivicAction)". Image available at:

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