Telus House, the 30-storey tower located at 25 York Street, has achieved LEED Canada Platinum Certification for Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance. Peter Menkes, President, Industrial and Commercial Divison for Menkes Developments Ltd, said in a statement, "LEED Platinum certification is a gratifying testament to our continued commitment to sustainable building practices. It is validation of our commitment to providing highly efficient workplaces that help keep employees happy, healthy and productive."

Telus House, 25 York Street, image by Menkes

The building was completed in October 2009 and includes raised-floor cold-air delivery, deep-water cooling, built-in blinds and perimeter radiant panels. These features help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize operating expenses and provide year-round comfort to tenants. 

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum is the highest certification awarded by this third-party certification program. It promotes a holistic and sustainable approach to environmental and human health based on the principles of sustainable site development, water and energy efficiency, materials and indoor environmental quality. 25 York Street achieved excellent results in these areas through its site selection that promotes continued waterfront development, a direct link to Union Station, plumbing efficiency, water-efficient landscaping and advanced heating and cooling techniques that reduce energy costs by up to 25 percent.

Telus House, 25 York Street, image by Menkes

Telus House has also been the recipient of LEED Core and Shell Gold Certification, BOMA Best Level 4, HOOPP LEAP Award, and the 2010 Design Exchange Bronze Award for Commercial Architecture. 

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