OAKVILLE, Ont. — Tim Hortons celebrated Earth Day yesterday by opening the company’s first LEED-certified restaurant in Hamilton, Ont.
“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.”
The new restaurant was constructed two years ago on a former parking lot. More than 40 per cent of construction materials were sourced regionally and 99 per cent of construction waste materials were diverted from landfill through recycling and innovative salvage efforts. What’s more, the new restaurant features a white roof to reduce heat island effect off the building, keeping the interior temperature cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It also features LED Interior and exterior signage lighting to reduce energy consumption by more than 18 per cent; low “E” glazed windows across the building to increase insulation, thereby reducing energy consumption and maximizing the amount of natural light; locally manufactured millwork using Forest Stewardship Council Certified wood; and local drought-resistant plant species for the exterior landscape.
The company plans to register at least 30 more projects for LEED certification by the end of 2016.