TELUS Garden’s office tower is officially one of the greenest buildings in North America.
Following an extensive review, the Canada Green Building Council awarded TELUS Garden LEED Platinum certification. This honour was presented at the launch of the Smart Prosperity initiative at TELUS Garden, attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. TELUS President and CEO Darren Entwistle is a founding member of the Smart Prosperity initiative, a new group of Canadian leaders committed to advancing innovation and accelerating Canada’s transition to a stronger, cleaner economy.
The result of a partnership between TELUS and Westbank, the one million square foot TELUS Garden development includes the 22-storey signature office tower and a 47-storey residential tower currently under construction and targeting LEED Gold standards with 424 green homes and retail space along Robson and Richards Streets.
“TELUS continues to push the boundaries on sustainability through its focus on innovation, and that is even more evident today as we present LEED Platinum certification for the TELUS Garden development,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of Canada Green Building Council. “This certification represents much more than an environmental accomplishment; it is a compelling example of the leadership in the corporate sector and of the opportunity that exists for business to contribute to the global movement towards sustainable buildings and green cities, health and well-being for all.”
TELUS Garden’s unique features include:
- A district energy system that will reduce demand from conventional energy sources by 80 per cent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than one million kilograms a year. The system recovers energy from the neighbouring telecommunications building that would normally be wasted and uses it to heat and cool air and water throughout the development;
- Vancouver’s largest solar panel array on the office tower’s rooftop, reducing reliance on conventional commercial electricity;
- Rainwater capture systems to irrigate gardens throughout the development;
- 10,000 square feet of outdoor meeting space and garden terraces on six levels planted with a community food garden that will be tended by TELUS team members, indigenous trees and hundreds of plants species;
- An iconic architectural canopy along Georgia Street that provides coverage to the new public plaza, which also features seating, music and a free Wi-Fi zone;
- Vancouver’s first cantilevered office spaces above city sidewalks, which enhance the office building’s design while maximizing the use of vertical space;
- A media façade that displays community programing including visual arts created by local students and arts organizations;
- Advanced building systems, which include a ventilation system providing fresh air to residents and workers, rather than the recycled air typical of towers;
- High-efficiency motion sensor lighting to significantly reduce energy consumption;
- Charging stations for electric vehicles and bike storage, with showers for team members;
- 450,000 square feet of new office space and 65,000 square feet of new retail space, including TELUS’ flagship 2,300 square foot retail store.