At the Colliers office at 330 St Mary Avenue in Winnipeg, environmental sustainability sits at the forefront of operations. Here, best practices and equipment are in place to reduce energy and water usage, minimize waste and protect indoor air quality.
Our property management team regularly reviews utility data to ensure we run at target levels, making adjustments when needed to bring greater efficiency. In recent years, we implemented energy conservation measures that include new LED lighting and upgrades to the cooling tower, curtainwall, water booster and water pumps, which reduce the building’s electrical demand.
Automated systems featuring pneumatic and digital controls are in place to optimize the performance of all building systems, improve occupant comfort and reduce energy usage. While in- suite thermostats permit occupants to adjust heating and air conditioning by two degrees Celsius, all energy usage is centrally controlled with lighting governed by occupancy sensors.
To maintain air quality, a monitoring program continually compares indoor air to industry guidelines on mold, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, carbon dioxide, temperature and relative humidity. Pedimats at each entryway reduce airborne pollutants and filtered fresh air fans ventilate the spaces. Building personnel minimize the use of chemicals by using only certified eco-friendly products, and conduct monthly environmental audits.
In 2019, Colliers and the building owner, I.G. Investment Management, Mackenzie Investment, converted a former tenanted space into a bicycle storage and recycling room, providing tenants a safe place to store their bicycles, as well as the ability to recycle much more than what can be placed in the co- mingled bins in each office.
Meanwhile, Colliers staff use a sustainable procurement program to help identify vendors that prioritize environmental impact.
The team seeks products that are durable and multi-use, made of recycled material, biodegradable, recyclable, manufactured in a sustainable manner, and both energy- and water-efficient in production and use.