Power giant incorporates green tech

Louise Smyth

ABB has announced that the Canadian Green Building Council has certified Campus Montreal with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver accreditation. This represents an exceptional standard for a building that houses a range of energy-intensive activities that include manufacturing.

Located in the innovative Technoparc Montreal, the building serves over 700 employees previously spread across six locations in Greater Montreal. The campus houses research and development, manufacturing, assembly (RDA) and testing for ABB's energy value chain in Quebec.

"The ABB team has accomplished a significant environmental milestone," said Nathalie Pilon, President of ABB in Canada. "The LEED Silver certification recognises the commitment we have made to contributing to a clean future for Canada by reducing our footprint today, and well into the future."

In order to meet the selection criteria, ABB was required to meet a minimum of 40 points, Campus Montreal scored a 54. Each point, responded to a number of requirements that covers every aspect of a sustainable design including, energy performance of the site, the materials and resources used and the innovation involved.

Some of ABB's key achievements include incorporating natural light throughout the entire building, including the RDA, unlike most industrial buildings. Open concept flexible working spaces, green garden certified furniture, ergonomic and height adjustable work stations, eleven green walls, increased recycling capabilities, including shared compost and garbage bins, low consumption toilets, efficient heating and cooling including the recirculation of over 2 megawatts of heat generated through testing activities in the RDA back into the building, and efficient LED motion detection lighting in most of the structure.

Outside, the installation of three green roofs and a white roof (to reduce the absorption of heat) on the main structure, EV charging stations, bike racks for employees and visitors and a preferred parking program for carpooling and hybrid vehicles.