Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) announced that its Distribution Centre (DC) in Caledon, Ontario has received LEED Gold certification by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).
CTC designed the Distribution Centre to be 46 per cent more energy efficient; reduce annual energy costs by 39 per cent and avoid over 1,700 tonnes of Greenhouse gas emissions per year.
Canadian Tire Corporation states that the energy savings achieved by the DC’s design is equivalent to the annual energy usage of 600 Canadian homes.
“There are fewer than 10 DCs in Canada that are Gold certified, making our facility among the most energy efficient distribution centres in the country,” said John Salt, SVP, Supply Chain, Canadian Tire. “Canadian Tire is proud to have constructed a facility that is part of an elite group of highly efficient buildings that has gone beyond building code requirements.”
According to CTC, the Broccolini developed facility is the first Distribution Centre to become LEED certified in its network.
The environmentally sustainable and energy efficient building contains green features such as: onsite hydrogen generation to fuel mobile equipment using hydrogen fuel cells; an automated system that controls air flow and circulation while moderating temperatures; the use of sustainable materials throughout construction with over 25 per cent of materials containing recycled content, 72 per cent locally sourced and 92 per cent recycled or reused construction waste.
“As a trusted Canadian retailer that cares deeply about our communities, we’re undertaking initiatives to reduce our Company’s greenhouse gas emissions and help address the climate change issues currently impacting our country. That’s why we’ve made it a top priority to be more energy efficient, use fewer resources and produce less waste in our buildings and operations,” said Robyn Collver, Chief Sustainability Officer, Canadian Tire Corporation.
CTC’s LEED certified Centre also includes an integrated storm water management system, which collects and redistributes rain water to irrigate vegetation around the area.
“Across all our banners, we’re working to reduce the environmental impacts of our activities and playing our part in building a better country for all Canadians,” said Collver.