Canon Canada, located in Brampton, Ont., has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009 certification for its corporate headquarters.
The 16,723-m2 (180,000-sf) five-storey building includes elements encouraging collaboration, fostering well-being, and promoting practices that reduce its carbon footprint.
“We wanted to design a building that is respectful of the environment,” says Nobuhiko Kitajima, president of Canon Canada. “Our environmental charter outlines eight guiding principles, including pursuing pollution prevention, and energy and resource conservation in all activities. This certification recognizes this commitment to sustainability.”
The major features of the LEED Gold-certified headquarters include:
- energy reduction and efficiency;
- natural light and solar-adaptive shading;
- rooftop greywater collection system;
- energy-saving office technologies;
- a kitchen digestion system to help divert and reduce organic waste from landfills;
- the encouragement of employees to reduce carbon emissions; and
- the phasing-out of single-use plastic water bottles and straws.