National Bank Awarded Second LEED Canada-CI Gold Certification for the Design of a Branch

 National Bank Awarded Second LEED Canada-CI Gold Certification for the Design  of a Branch  SHERBROOKE, QC, April 1, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - National Bank has been awarded a  second LEED Canada-CI Gold certification for the interior design of a branch  and offices in Sherbrooke. This recognition was highlighted last Thursday  during a ceremony attended by Carole Girardin, Regional Vice-President for  Eastern Townships/Amiante, Jean-Pierre Lahaye, Senior Manager - Commercial  Banking for Eastern Townships, Jonny Bergeron, Vice-President and Regional  Manager at National Bank Financial and Isabelle Allie, Manager of the King  Street West branch in Sherbrooke.  The LEED Canada-CI (CI stands for Commercial Interiors) Gold certification is  the third level of certification and it is awarded by the Canada Green  Building Council (CaGBC). The Council's mission is to lead and accelerate the  transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes and  communities throughout Canada.  "Nearly two years ago, we brought together a branch, our regional centre, a  Commercial Banking centre, as well as National Bank Financial and Private  Wealth 1859 experts all in one location. This new layout was designed using  the Bank's building standards guide. This document's very strict guidelines  were inspired by the LEED building rating systems. I would like to take this  opportunity to congratulate the team that worked on this project," stated  Carole Girardin, National Bank Regional Vice-President for Eastern  Townships/Amiante.  A branch in the borough of Beauport in Quebec City was also recently awarded  the LEED Canada-CI Gold certification for its interior design. A branch in the  borough of Lachine in Montreal had previously received the LEED Canada -CI  Silver Certification.  The Sherbrooke branch's certification stands out for such features as:            --  Bicycle racks and showers have been installed, to encourage             employees and clients to use eco-friendly modes of             transportation.         --  The branch's underground parking has an electric vehicle             charging station.         --  The building's roof is covered with a white membrane, to reduce             the heat island effect.         --  67% of construction waste was recovered and diverted from             landfills.         --  The construction materials used were 15% recycled and 18% from             within an 800-km radius of the building.         --  Low volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting materials were             used in the construction (adhesives, sealants, paints,             carpets).         --  The chairs and furniture used are Greenguard® certified: they             emit fewer chemicals.         --  A full building flush-out was conducted before the occupants             moved in.  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a North American green  building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998. A  building can be rated one of four levels of certification: Certified, Silver,  Gold or Platinum. Evaluation criteria include: sustainable sites, water  efficiency, energy performance, materials and resources, indoor environmental  quality as well as innovation and design process.  About National Bank of Canada With $195 billion in assets as at January 31, 2014, National Bank of Canada  (www.nbc.ca), together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada's leading  integrated financial groups, and has been named among the 20 strongest banks  in the world by Bloomberg Markets magazine. The Bank has close to 20,000  employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. The Bank's securities  are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank's  activities via social media and learn more about its extensive community  involvement at clearfacts.ca and commitment.nationalbank.ca.    SOURCE  National Bank of Canada  (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of  journalists  and other media representatives.):  Jean-François Cadieux Chief Advisor - Public Affairs National Bank Tel.:  514-394-6500  Image with caption: "(left to right): Jonny Bergeron, Vice-President and  Regional Manager at National Bank Financial, Carole Girardin, Regional  Vice-President for Eastern Townships/Amiante, Isabelle Allie, Manager of the  King Street West branch in Sherbrooke, Marie-Christine Marcoux, Private  Advisor, National Bank Private Wealth 1859 and Jean-Pierre Lahaye, Senior  Manager - Commercial Banking for Eastern Townships. (Absent : Hélène  Ménard, Advisor, Premises Department and André Longpré, Manager, Premises  Department.). (CNW Group/National Bank of Canada)". 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