As Canada’s largest green building consulting firm, Enermodal Engineering was aiming to create the country’s most energy-efficient office building with its new, three-storey headquarters, “A Grander View”.
Through meticulous building design, thoughtful integration of sustainability features, and well documented, metered results, the facility realized this status, and also became the first LEED® Canada Triple Platinum building with certifications in the New Construction (NC), Commercial Interiors (CI) and Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB: O&M) rating systems.
It was awarded 61 of 70 NC points, 50 of 57 CI points (the most CI points ever achieved by a Canadian project), all 10 LEED® NC Optimize Energy Performance points, and an Energy Star score of 100 (proving it performed better than 100% of its peers in the Energy Star database of hundreds of North American buildings).
Located on the banks of the Grand River, the building has a narrow footprint that maximizes employees’ access to natural light and views, while minimizing electricity use. A central atrium topped with 24 rooftop photovoltaic solar panels helps generate a portion of the building’s electricity, while its remaining needs are purchased from green power hydro, wind, and solar sources.
Additional sustainability features include the use of reclaimed and renewable materials, triple-glazed windows, walls made with insulated concrete forms, energy-efficient lighting with occupancy and day lighting sensors, and sod-free landscaping, to name only a few.
For an in-depth look at the catalogue of green features that make this building Canada’s most energy efficient office, click here.
To date, A Grander View has received numerous awards such as:
- 2011 Urban Design Award, City of Kitchener
- Tree of Life Award, Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (Canada's most prestigious prize for sustainable engineering design)
- Award of Distinction, Ontario Building Envelope Council
- Award of Excellence, Ontario Concrete
- Healthy Workplace Award, Region of Waterloo Project Health
- Livable Building Award, Center for the Built Environment, University of California, Berkeley
It also represented Canada at the October 2011 Sustainable Building Challenge at the World Sustainable Building Conference in Helsinki Finland, and was one of three finalists for the 2010 Greater Toronto NAIOP Real Estate Excellence (REX) Awards for Green Project of the Year.
22,000 sq. ft.
Platinum New Construction (NC)
Platinum Commercial Interiors (CI)
Platinum Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB: O&M)
First LEED® Canada Triple Platinum certified building
First LEED® Canada EB: O&M Platinum certified project
Canada's most energy efficient office
Shai Gil Fotography
Kris Urban (fall season image)