Lutron Electronics recently received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for its Toronto Experience Center and Commercial Specification office.
The 2,500-square-foot center, located in Markham, Ontario, just outside Toronto, was evaluated according to LEED Canada for Commercial Interiors. Certification was awarded based on five environmental categories including: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.
Lutron lighting control can contribute toward important LEED certification points in six of the seven credit categories. This project was recognized for its exemplary performance for several efficiencies, including:
- A water use reduction of more than 40 percent.
- Compliance with ASHRAE 90.1-2004.
- A 25 percent reduction in installed interior lighting power density beyond ASHRAE 90.1-2004.
- The use of more than 90 percent of ENERGY STAR eligible equipment and appliances.
- Incorporation of 5 percent of construction materials from rapidly renewable sources.
“Lutron’s Toronto Experience Center is the first of the company’s showrooms to be located outside of the U.S. and joins the company’s Washington, D.C., and One Penn Plaza (NYC) Experience Centers as LEED Gold certified spaces,” says Peter Saccomanno, vice president, sales, North America, Lutron Electronics Canada Inc. “These showrooms are impeccably designed to showcase how the very best in lighting and shading systems will help create a more sustainable space.”
Canada was recently recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as the top country outside of the U.S. that uses LEED. There are now more than 4,800 LEED-registered and LEED-certified projects representing 63.31 million GSM of LEED space in Canada.
“Congratulations to Lutron for this LEED Gold certification. Buildings that are sustainable and respectful of the environment have become an exemplary practice. I congratulate the company for its determination in working towards the preservation of the environment and the well-being of Canada,” says Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council.