Honeywell officially unveiled its new, green office complex in Downtown Markham, which is part of North America's largest mixed-use, sustainable development.
Honeywell, a global leader in energy services and green building solutions, consolidated two of its offices, moving approximately 400 employees into the LEED-registered complex, built by the Remington Group Inc. The office will serve as the new Canadian headquarters for the Honeywell Building Solutions business.
"We are implementing the same innovations we provide to clients, and are establishing a greener workspace in the process," said Charlene Arje, president and national executive of Honeywell Canada. "This facility demonstrates our commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of our facilities through more efficient building performance. The overall result is lower energy costs, reduced emissions, and a more comfortable and productive
The 68,000-square-foot workspace incorporates several Honeywell solutions to help the Markham facility reach the targeted LEED Silver certification.
This includes the Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI), a facility management platform that actively monitors and manages air quality and climate control throughout the facility, optimizing comfort while reducing energy consumption. Honeywell systems for fire alarm, access control, intrusion protection and digital video monitoring are also integrated into the building design, and managed through EBI.
Some of the many green features of the building include:
- State-of-the-art Honeywell building automation systems designed to maximize the performance of building mechanical systems
- Carbon dioxide sensors to match ventilation with occupancy requirements
- Technologies that recover waste heat from exhaust systems to heat building
- Water-saving measures
- High-efficiency devices reduce water use by 54 per cent reduction
- A cistern captures rainwater from the roof to reduce the amount of treated water needed to remove waste, saving almost 2.5 million litres of water per year
- Site lighting to minimize "light pollution" of the night sky; special fixtures ensure that no light spills upwards
- Low-volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, coatings, sealants and adhesives help create a healthy work environment and reduce smog