December 5, 2007 - Press releases
Montréal, Wednesday, December 5, 2007 – Gaz Métro has obtained Go Green Plus certification for the environmental performance of its Head Office, located in the Centre-Sud district of Montréal. The certification, awarded by BOMA Québec, is designed to recognize best practices in the environmental management of buildings. To date, 28 buildings have been certified Go Green Plus in Québec.
“As a company that operates in the energy sector, Gaz Métro pays particular attention to the responsible use of resources, both in its operations and in those of its customers. We can therefore feel assured that the renovations recently made at our Head Office do foster the judicious use of resources and improve the quality of life for the 720 employees who work there and who greatly contributed to the success of the project,” said Jean Simard, Vice-President, Sustainable Development, Public and Governmental Affairs at Gaz Métro.
More efficient management of water and energy
In renovating its Head Office, Gaz Métro made sure that it put in place measures that would reduce its consumption of drinking water and energy. Water meters were thus installed and an objective was set to reduce water consumption by 20%. Heating and air-conditioning systems were replaced by new, more energy efficient equipment, and electronic controls of lighting and temperature were also installed. These initiatives generate significant energy savings.
Improved quality of life for employees
Most employees now have access to natural light since the renovations allowed the removal of the closed offices that ran along the window walls. To improve indoor air quality, Green Label Plus carpets, as well as low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, sealants and glue were used.
The concern for conserving resources was seen throughout the renovation process: from planning through to the execution of the work, including the choice of materials.
For example, some of the new office furniture is manufactured regionally and is made with recycled content. As well, Gaz Métro innovated by favoring the use of movable, standard-size partitions to organize workspaces. These partitions can thus be reused when the space is reorganized, thus avoiding the need for new materials and also reducing losses. Lastly, 80% of the construction waste was recycled, including concrete, metal, ceiling tiles and cables.
In carrying out the work, Gaz Métro was also inspired by LEED CI (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Commercial Interiors) standards and will soon file a request to obtain this certification.
With more than $3.1 billion in assets and some 1,300 employees in Québec, Gaz Métro is a major Québec energy company and one of the largest natural gas distributors in Canada.