Fonds de solidarité FTQ Earns BOMA BESt Certification for its Environmental Practices

BOMA BESt, the only environmental assessment and certification program of its kind for commercial buildings in Canada, granted the Fonds de solidarité FTQ level 4 certification (the highest level) for the environmental practices used at its head office.
Level 4 certification means the building, audited by an independent verifier, satisfies more than 90% of the program's best practices in environmental management.
"As a responsible investor, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ realizes that it must show leadership by adopting the best environmental practices for its head office. Obtaining BOMA BESt's level 4 certification is a testament to the efforts the Fonds and its employees have been making to implement the necessary measures to reduce our environmental footprint," said Mario Tremblay, Vice-President, Public and Corporate Affairs, at the Fonds de solidarité FTQ.
This certification will make the Fonds' head office one of only 47 buildings in Canada certified level 4, including 16 in Québec. "This is a great accomplishment for the Fonds. Our efforts over the last years have made a series of improvements possible for our head office located on Crémazie Boulevard East in Montreal", declared Alain Houle, Director, Office Planning and Corporate Mandates at the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, and responsible for the Fonds' BOMA project.
Recent improvements include:
  • A significant reduction in energy consumption as a result of performance studies and better monitoring of the A/C system;
  • Replacement of several pieces of equipment with energy-efficient models;
  • A significant reduction in water consumption for hygiene purposes (faucets and low-flush toilets);
  • Designation of the entire building as smoke-free;
  • Implementation of new ecological building operating procedures, including better management of the cooling towers;
  • Expansion of the composting program;
  • Seeking continuous feedback from tenants regarding their level of satisfaction with the indoor environment; and
  • Ongoing measurement of occupants' satisfaction with proactive environmental measures throughout the building.

on June 4, 2013