A First LEED-Certified Building for Rouyn-Noranda, Courtesy of Énergir

December 3, 2014 - Press releases

Rouyn-Noranda, Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – Two years after the official opening of its Rouyn-Noranda business office, Gaz Métro received LEED Canada NC 2009 certification (for new constructions) today from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). Énergir's business office is now the first building in Rouyn-Noranda to be certified LEED NC 2009, attesting that it meets some of the world's most stringent environmental standards.

The Rouyn- Noranda office's recognition as a green building comes as the result of Gaz Métro's efforts in recent years to reduce its environmental footprint while continuing to improve its energy efficiency. It was made possible by efficient, innovative equipment and the use of natural gas, the primary power source in Gaz Métro's facilities. Both factors are key considerations in obtaining LEED certification.

“Having set our sights on LEED certification, we built an efficient building that also provides a solid financial return. By capitalizing on local partners and resources, Gaz Métro can now position itself as a true leader in the region. We are proud to have a business office that innovates in both its design and sustainability,” declared Bertrand Audy, Director, Goods and Services Procurement at Gaz Métro.

Achieving LEED certification is the culmination of a process that Gaz Métro began in 2012, starting with the selection of FSC-certified wood, an innovative and renewable material, as the main construction material for its Rouyn-Noranda office.

In determining its eligibility for certification, Gaz Métro's business office was evaluated on site development, water and energy efficiency, the choice of materials, indoor air quality and innovation in design.

Here are a few project highlights:

  • Two thirds of the timber used is FSC-certified.
  • The wood construction features classic framing and joists—a rarity in the commercial sector, which usually uses engineered wood.
  • A white membrane covers the roof and reduces the albedo.
  • 80% of construction waste was diverted from landfill sites.
  • Two holding ponds collect rainwater on the site.

“The Rouyn-Noranda business office's employees, suppliers and local partners should take pride in this certification,” added Robert Ladouceur, General Manager of the Canada Green Building Council. “It reflects Gaz Métro's determination to meet some of the world's toughest environmental standards,

adopt environmentally sound practices and reduce its carbon footprint in the community. I hope that Gaz Métro's accomplishment will encourage other companies in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and across Québec to work towards sustainability.”

Today's announcement along with the many commitments made by Gaz Métro, confirms the company's desire to be at the forefront of sustainable development practices.

This year, Gaz Métro published a first sustainable development report based on GRI-G4 guidelines. It is one of the first reports in Québec to meet fourth-generation GRI guidelines, and the first in Canada to receive a “Materiality Matters” check.

LEED in brief

LEED, which stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design," is an international benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings; it promotes an overall approach to sustainability.

Internationally recognized LEED certification is awarded in Canada by the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC). See batimentdurable.ca (Quebec section; French only).

About Énergir

With more than $5 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Québec, where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves 300 municipalities and more than 190,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also present in Vermont, where it has more than 305,000 customers. There, it operates in the electricity production market and the electricity and natural gas distribution market. Gaz Métro is actively involved in the development of innovative, promising energy projects such as the production of wind power, the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and the development of biomethane. Gaz Métro is a major energy sector player that takes the lead in responding to the needs of its customers, regions and municipalities, local organizations and communities while also satisfying the expectations of its Partners (GMi and Valener) and employees.

Geneviève Couture
Public Affairs and Communications
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