Tim Hortons celebrates earth day with its first LEED® certified Restaurant

Tim Hortons celebrates earth day with its first LEED® certified Restaurant 
Hamilton restaurant is "Making a True Difference™" with Leadership in Energy 
and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certification by the Canada Green Building 
Council 
OAKVILLE, ON, April 22, 2013 /CNW/ - What was a parking lot two years ago, has 
now become a learning environment for potential sustainable building and 
design innovations in other Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada. To celebrate 
Earth Day, Tim Hortons executives cut the ribbon today on the company's first 
LEED® Certified restaurant, located at 969 Upper Ottawa Street in Hamilton, 
ON. Knowledge gained from this location will help Tim Hortons build more 
efficient restaurants across the chain, as the company works towards its goal 
of registering 30 projects for LEED® certification by the end of 2016. 
"At Tim Hortons we acknowledge we have an environmental impact in the 
communities we serve and we are committed to continuously improving our 
restaurant footprint, from how we source material, to how we use energy, to 
how we design our restaurants and manage our waste," said Paulo Ferreira, 
senior director, International Strategic Design and Building Standards, Tim 
Hortons. "Our first LEED® Certified restaurant in Hamilton represents a 
significant achievement for us in our sustainability journey." 
LEED® Certified buildings meet one of the highest environmental performance 
standards in the world, assessed by site development, water efficiency, energy 
efficiency, material selection, indoor air quality and innovation in design. 
"I'd like to congratulate Tim Hortons on their first LEED certified 
restaurant," said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green 
Building Council. "This certification is significant not only because one of 
Canada's most well recognized brands is demonstrating its commitment to 
sustainability, but for the excellent example it sets for other national 
companies and restaurant chains. Sustainability can only be achieved through 
tangible efforts like these, and we look forward to working with Tim Hortons 
as they roll out their sustainability initiatives." 
A LEED® Certified restaurant benefits from a 23 per cent cost reduction in 
regulated energy which translates to thousands of dollars in annual savings in 
operating costs. 
"The benefits of a green restaurant are long-lasting and for business owners 
they pay off in the long run," said Sharon Kennish, Tim Hortons restaurant 
owner, Upper Ottawa Street, Hamilton. "Not only does environmentally friendly 
design result in a significant bottom-line savings over time, but it helps 
create a greener community, supports local suppliers and encourages 
individuals to make simple greener choices, like taking advantage of the 
priority carpool parking spots available or using our bike racks." 
The Upper Ottawa Street restaurant was newly-constructed two years ago on a 
former parking lot near downtown Hamilton. As part of the green design, more 
than 40 per cent of construction materials regionally manufactured and 
extracted within an 800 km radius of the restaurant, or recycled from the 
site, were used. The parking lot surface itself was crushed and reused as 
granular fill. And, a total of 99 per cent of construction waste materials 
were diverted from landfill through recycling and innovative salvage efforts. 
Some additional Green Restaurant Design features include: 


    --  A white roof to reduce heat island effect of the building,
        keeping the interior temperature cooler in summer and warmer in
        winter
    --  LED Interior and exterior signage lighting to reduce energy
        consumption by more than 18 per cent
    --  Use of low "E" glazed windows across the building to increase
        insulation, thereby reducing energy consumption and maximizing
        the amount of natural light coming in
    --  Use of locally manufactured millwork using Forest Stewardship
        Council Certified wood
    --  Use of local drought-resistant plant species for the exterior
        landscape, which don't require an irrigation system to
        maintain, reducing water consumption
    --  Use of low VOC adhesives and sealants throughout

In 2012, Tim Hortons registered four restaurants for LEED® Certification in 
Toronto, Ancaster and Nepean, ON and Syracuse, NY, with five additional 
restaurants in the process of being registered in Scarborough, ON, Vancouver, 
Surrey and Langley, B.C., and Syracuse, NY. The company plans to register an 
additional 20 restaurants across North America within the next three years.

For more information on Green Restaurant Design and environmental stewardship 
at Tim Hortons visit www.sustainabilityreport.timhortons.com.

About Tim Hortons Inc.

Tim Hortons is one of the largest publicly-traded restaurant chains in North 
America based on market capitalization, and the largest in Canada. Operating 
in the quick service segment of the restaurant industry, Tim Hortons appeals 
to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, 
espresso-based hot and cold specialty drinks including lattes, cappuccinos and 
espresso shots, specialty teas, fruit smoothies, home-style soups, fresh 
Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, hot breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked 
goods, including our trademark donuts. As of December 30th, 2012, Tim Hortons 
had 4,264 system-wide restaurants, including 3,436 in Canada, 804 in the 
United States and 24 in the Gulf Cooperation Council. More information about 
the Company is available at www.timhortons.com. Follow Tim Hortons on Twitter: 
www.twitter.com/timhortons.

About the Canada Green Building Council

The CaGBC (www.cagbc.org) is the leading national industry organization 
advancing green building and sustainable community development practices. It 
works closely with our member organizations who are involved in the design, 
construction and operation of buildings and homes in an effort to make every 
building greener. The CaGBC is the sole license holder for the LEED green 
building rating system in Canada.

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Hailey DeDominicis Dedominicis_hailey@timhortons.com 905.337.5349

Image with caption: "Celebrating Earth Day, (L-R) Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina, 
Shawn Vanderheyden, Chair of Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto 
Chapter, Sharon and Steve Kennish, Tim Hortons restaurant owners and Scott 
Bonikowsky, VP, Corporate, Public and Government Affairs, Tim Hortons, cut the 
ribbon at Tim Hortons first LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental 
Design) Certified restaurant in Hamilton, On. (CNW Group/Tim Hortons Inc.)". 
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