November 14, 2011 - Press releases
“Gaz Métro’s partnerships with its customers in Abitibi-Témiscamingue have grown substantially, and our current premises no longer meet our needs. We therefore decided to build a new facility that will enable us to better serve our clientele and further strengthen our long-term presence in the area,” said Serge Régnier, Vice President, Employees and Culture, Gaz Métro.
As part of its commitment to adopting a sustainability-oriented and environmentally responsible approach, Gaz Métro has made sure that this new project upholds its principles and values. One of the three main goals of the initiative is compliance with LEED certification standards. This internationally recognized certification system is administered by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The new Gaz Métro facility will be one of the first LEED-compliant buildings in the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region, in the CI (commercial/institutional) category. Another goal is to ensure that the main construction materials used include a significant proportion of local resources, such as wood and put emphasis on local partnership.
“The LEED certification we are pursuing for our new office in Abitibi-Témiscamingue speaks to our engagement in terms of sustainable development. It also demonstrates that natural gas, the main source of energy used in our facilities, has a number of economic and environmental benefits that are fully consistent with the principles of sustainable construction in Quebec,” Mr. Régnier stated.
The assessment conducted by the CaGBC focuses on five key health and environmental criteria: sustainable site development, efficient water management, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. An additional aspect, “innovation in design,” looks at expertise in sustainable design and construction as well as design practices. Gaz Métro’s head office (1717 Du Havre Street in Montreal) is one of only a handful of buildings in Quebec to have received LEED Canada CI certification. This honour was bestowed in 2010.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings and promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability. www.cagbc.org/
About Gaz Métro
With over $3.6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is Quebec’s leading natural gas distributor. Its 10,000-kilometer network serves 300 municipalities. Active in this regulated industry since 1957, Gaz Métro is the trusted energy provider of customers in Quebec and Vermont who choose natural gas for its competitive price, efficiency, comfort and environmental benefits. Gaz Métro is also active in the electricity distribution market and is involved in natural gas transportation and storage, as well as the development of projects in areas such as wind power generation, natural gas fuel for the transportation industry, and biomethanation. Gaz Métro is committed to the satisfaction of its customers, partners (Gaz Métro Inc. and Valener Inc.), employees and the communities in which it operates. www.gazmetro.com
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