BDC is pleased to announce it has received LEED Silver certification for Commercial Interiors (CI) for its new Kelowna business centre (BC). This is one of BDC’s nine LEED certifications to date. All current and future BDC real estate projects across Canada are carried out applying LEED principles.
“BDC’s business centres are designed with the environment and employees’ well-being in mind. Practices range from placing employee work stations around natural light sources to using the simple “reduce, reuse, recycle” rule for building decisions throughout its offices,” said Martin Dorais, Assistant Vice President, Real Estate & Facility Management.
“Part of BDC’s overall facilities strategy is to obtain LEED certification for our real estate projects,” said Martine Hickman, manager of the Kelowna business center. “We are thrilled that our office in Kelowna has received LEED Silver accreditation. We support entrepreneurs and do it in ways that are environmentally sustainable.”
Project highlights include:
- Over 75% of construction waste was diverted from landfills and recycled.
- A 30% reduction in water usage was achieved by updating water valves and fixtures.
- All paints, sealants, and other materials of this kind were selected to have low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. It promotes Canadian entrepreneurship with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses. With its 118 business centres from coast to coast, BDC provides businesses in all industries with financing and advisory services. Its investment arm, BDC Capital, offers equity, venture capital and flexible growth and transition capital solutions. BDC is also the first financial institution in Canada to receive B Corp certification. To find out more, visit bdc.ca.
LEED® is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their building’s performance. LEED rating systems encourage and accelerate the global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.