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Cadillac Fairview's Vancouver portfolio hits ‘net-zero’

Seven commercial towers – some decades old – have achieved zero-carbon certification from the Green Building Council
The 41-year-old Pacific Centre office tower at 619 Granville was reglazed to meet a zero-carbon rating. | Philip Castleton, Cadillac Fairview

Cadillac Fairview (CF) has reached Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) certification for the seven buildings comprising its Vancouver office portfolio, a first for the company’s national portfolio.

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) awarded the industry leading net-zero certification to four Pacific Centre office buildings clustered in downtown Vancouver: 777 Dunsmuir Street, 885 West Georgia Street, 609 Granville Street and 700 West Georgia, and three waterfront properties: 200 Granville, which was built in 1973, 200 Burrard Street and 250 Howe Street.

The ZCB certifications were achieved through CF’s range of CO2 emission mitigation initiatives and capital projects. These include installation of a Geo-Exchange Plant at 777 Dunsmuir; installation of heat recovery chiller systems at multiple properties; and revitalizing 609 Granville by reglazing its exterior for optimal energy performance.

Sal Iacano, executive v.p, operations at Cadillac Fairview, said the aim is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 for its entire Canadian portfolio by “implementing state-of-the-art projects in our buildings.”

The company's Canadian portfolio comprises 68 landmark properties, including the Toronto-Dominion Centre, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Tour Deloitte, CF Carrefour Laval, CF Chinook Centre and CF Pacific Centre.

"Cadillac Fairview is a leader in climate action in the real estate sector. Their goal to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment has resulted in innovative projects across their portfolio,” said Mariko Michasiw, a program manager at the Zero Emissions Building Exchange.