Smart Building Integrator
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
Since 2002, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), as the exclusive license holder in Canada for the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED®) rating systems, has made substantial strides toward achieving its mission of reducing the environmental impact of the built environment.
The CaGBC has trained over 40,000 smart building integrators and supported Canada’s green building marketplace in certifying more than one billion square feet of buildings retrofitted or newly constructed to LEED standards in Canada, making the country the third-largest market in the world for LEED. With these efforts, the CaGBC and its membership enabled the elimination of 2,490,000 CO2e tons of GHG emissions annually, the diversion of 3 million tons of waste from landfills and reduced the need for 24 billion liters of water per year with green buildings.
Jointly owned by GBCI and CaGBC, Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI Canada) was formed in 2018 to accelerate green building market transformation and impact in Canada. It is composed of and certifies a suite of sustainable industry certifications, including LEED, Parksmart, PEER, SITES, TRUE and WELL.
As the organization grew, so did the need for larger office space. In keeping with its leadership position in the industry, the CaGBC collaborated with smart building integrators and industry leaders to demonstrate ways to set an example for what a truly green office environment could be. This set the stage perfectly for CaGBC to work with Superior Essex in the pursuit of their common goals.
GROWTH THROUGH PARTNERSHIP
Upon settling on an available space in the LEED Canada Core and Shell Development 1.0, Gold certified, and WELL v1 Gold Certified Core and Shell MNP Tower in Vancouver, British Columbia, they contemplated how best to achieve LEED v4 Interior Design + Construction: Commercial Interiors (ID+C:CI) Platinum within their slice of an already impressive green building. Outside of attaining LEED Platinum, the goal for CaGBC’s new Vancouver office was simple. In their fight to optimize both the energy efficiency and overall contributions to wellness of the building, CaGBC and their contractors quickly found an ally in Superior Essex.
The cable products offered by smart building integrator Superior Essex were already efficient by design, but because of the organization’s commitment to sustainability and transparency, through Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs) for most of their products, the alignment with the CaGBC was clear. Frequently, the most difficult part of most wellness-focused green building projects lies in vetting individual products and materials to ensure they meet rigorous transparency standards set within LEED. Superior Essex separated itself from the pack of cable suppliers by making its sustainability information readily available to partners for green construction projects.
Due to these factors, the usage of Superior Essex cables in the build contributed toward Materials and Resources (MR) credit Building Product Disclosure and Optimization (BPDO) – EPD, and MR credit BPDO- Material Ingredients. Assessing all these factors, it became clear to the project team that Superior Essex was a perfect partner to supply materials for the CaGBC’s new Vancouver Office’s data and communications infrastructure.