bay adelaide centre 2015 scorecard

At Bay Adelaide Centre, we are committed to providing the highest quality commercial office space while bringing responsible environmental solutions and innovative energy-saving strategies to our tenants. This is evident by both the environmental programs that we support and the green amenities that we offer at the building.

Bay Adelaide Centre West Tower is certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Core & Shell Gold and the East Tower is pursuing  Platinum certification. Key property features include the use of sustainable building materials, water efficient plumbing fixtures, the implementation of enhanced Green Cleaning procedures and an Ecozone. The Ecozone features over 30 preferred parking spaces for electric, hybrid, carpooling, and car-sharing vehicles. Additionally, the Bay Adelaide Centre offers close to 350 bike spots with dedicated change rooms for tenants fully equipped with lockers and shower facilities.

Bay Adelaide Centre is BOMA 360 designated through BOMA International. This international designation recognizes excellence in property management and operations, including environmental best practices.

2015 performance highlights. 33% GHG % savings 2015 vs. 2011. 78% waste diversion rate.

Green amenities and highlights at the building include:

  • Annual Earth Hour participant
  • Annually report to Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) survey
  • Contributes to LEED® CI Certification in Tenant spaces
  • Ecozone in parking garage
  • Enwave Deep Lake Water Cooling
  • FSC Certified paper products
  • Green roof installed on East Tower Podium
  • Recycled rainwater from the West Tower used for 100% of landscape irrigations, floors 1-6 of the West Tower, and floors 1-12 of the East Tower
  • Tenant bike room and shower facilities
  • Tenant Energy Portal to provide sub-metered electricity consumption data to tenants
  • Waste diversion rate of 78%

1. Percent Savings 2011 vs. 2015 calculations are based on absolute values. The data is not normalized for weather, occupancy or any changes in building operation.



In 2014, Bay Adelaide Centre made the decision to switch from mechanical cooling powered from its chiller plant to Enwave’s Deep Lake Water Cooling (DLWC). The objective behind this project was twofold; to improve the building’s operational performance, and to lower its carbon and potable water footprint by utilizing ‘free cooling’ from the world’s largest lake-source cooling system. Operationally, the Enwave system has added a new level of redundancy and the chiller plant remains on standby should there be any issues with DLWC delivery. From a sustainability perspective, the addition of DLWC has significantly reduced the property’s consumption of natural resources.

In 2015, Bay Adelaide Centre was able to reduce the amount of electricity purchased from the grid by 15%, which is enough to power 400 homes for a year. Also, because the embodied carbon in DLWC is approximately 63% lower than the embodied carbon in the building’s conventional cooling, Bay Adelaide Centre was able to reduce its carbon emissions by 311 metric tons. Aside from energy and carbon reductions, the building saved approximately 37 million litres per year, which is enough to fill 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The transition from conventional cooling to DLWC has certainly been a win-win-win for the building, its tenants and the environment.

downtown toronto illustration showing enwave pipeline from lake ontario to bay adelaide centre