Making sustainable choices when it comes to materials can reduce the harvesting of virgin materials, decrease carbon emissions, and reduce waste. In this office, every effort was made to select such materials during the design and construction process.
Recycled Materials: In this office, 40% of materials contain high levels of recycled content. This includes chairs, workstations, insulation, dry wall, porcelain floor tiles, carpet, and steel studs.
Regional Materials: One-quarter of all materials used in this fit-up are from local sources. This not only supports the local economy, but decreases the carbon emissions associated with transporting materials to the construction site.
Salvaged Materials: The stone cladding on the building exterior was salvaged from a local church demolition. The stone in the landscaped retaining wall was salvaged from the demolition of the St. Clair River Tunnel in Sarnia. The wood floor in the lobby was salvaged from a demolished Toronto building.
Certified Wood: Ninety percent of the wood used in this office is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. FSC wood is from forests that are maintained and harvested according to the highest environmental standards.
Construction Waste Diversion: During construction, waste was carefully separated into separate bins so that recyclable materials could be sent to recycling facilities. As a result, 89% of waste was diverted from the landfill.