Maple Leaf Takes the LEED


TORONTO — Maple Leaf Foods Inc.’s Corporate West offices and ThinkFOOD! Centre in Mississauga, Ont., has been given the green seal of approval with news that it’s been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Core and Shell (CS) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“We have a strong commitment to environmental responsibility across all our operations and activities, and this project reinforces that commitment,” says Anne Tennier, vice-president, Environmental Affairs, Maple Leaf Foods, of the certification for the rating system awarded to companies with buildings that tout sustainable design.

The 152,000 square-foot building, located at 6897 Financial Drive, was designed specifically for Maple Leaf Foods and incorporates many sustainable features, including: a Thermoplastic Olefin white roof to reduce the heat island effect; low-flow fixtures with greater than 40 per cent water savings; and advanced HVAC systems with heat recovery and high-efficiency boilers.

“Achieving Gold-LEED certification is a major accomplishment, especially for a facility of this size and complexity, and it is the product of strong tenant-landlord collaboration throughout the entire project,” says Tennier. “All teams were onboard and committed from day one to achieving the points needed to secure this internationally recognized certification.”


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