Halifax’s Purdy’s Wharf has become the first commercial property in Atlantic Canada to be given a LEED designation in the Existing Building: Operations & Maintenance category by the Canada Green Building Council.
“The demand for green buildings across Canada is growing and we are pleased that our portfolio of LEED EB:O&M-certified buildings now includes a property in Atlantic Canada,” Robert Campanelli, GWL Realty Advisors Inc.’s national director of sustainability and energy management, said in a statement.
“This certification highlights our ongoing commitment to building owners and tenants, and the expertise of our property management teams to enhance the performance and sustainability of buildings under our management.”
The three-building, 694,000-square-foot office complex on the edge of Halifax Harbour at 1949 Upper Water St. is the city’s only AAA property. It was completed in 1990 and has 18- and 22-storey towers that offer great views of the water and the city as well as a smaller structure called Purdy’s Landing.
Two-minute walk from ferry terminal
The complex is a two-minute walk from the ferry terminal and contains a seven-storey parkade and pedways connecting it to Casino Nova Scotia and the Downtown Halifax Link system.
Two out of three Purdy’s Wharf occupants carpool or commute via means other than cars.
“We are fortunate to work with tenants who collaborate with us on sustainable initiatives,” said property manager Lisa Miller. “Purdy’s Wharf offers a comfortable and environmentally friendly environment and we applaud our tenants for their efforts in helping make this happen.”
Purdy’s Wharf was certified LEED Gold through the cooperative efforts of property manager GWL Realty Advisors and consulting engineering company and green building specialist Halsall Associates. Their work has resulted in, among other things:
• 34 per cent less energy consumed compared to the average commercial office building, as benchmarked by Energy Star, which is enough energy saved to power more than 500 average homes;
• no drinking water being used for irrigation;
• and 75 per cent of waste being diverted from landfill.
Unique, energy-efficient cooling system
The property has a unique, energy-efficient cooling system that works by circulating seawater through a heat exchanger. The colder seawater chills the building’s cooling water, which is then circulated through the complex.
Purdy’s Wharf also includes a state-of-the-art HVAC system, daycare, fitness centre, physiotherapy and dental clinics, restaurants, a bakery, a flower shop, a dry cleaner and a landscaped park.
GWL Realty Advisors provides asset management, property management, development and specialized real estate advisory services to pension funds and institutional clients. It manages more than $16.6 billion in assets and has $1 billion in developments under construction across Canada.