Century-old building in sustainability spotlight
On its 100th anniversary, Montreal’s Sun Life Building has earned a top environmental honor.
The building received BOMA BEST platinum certification, the highest distinction awarded to buildings for outstanding environmental performance and management.
The Sun Life Building, owned by Sun Life Financial and a consortium led by Groupe Petra, becomes the first centennial building in North America to earn the certification, according to a release.
Property manager Bentall Kennedy’s ForeverGreen tenant engagement program focuses on energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, waste diversion, water conservation and maintaining a healthy work environment in the properties managed by the company. The program contributed to the recent success of the Sun Life Building at the BOMA Canada National Awards, with the property being named Building of the Year in the Historic Building Category for 2017.
“The success of our sustainability program at the Sun Life Building draws on the strength of our belief that the business of managing this property is better served when we focus on improving its environmental performance,” said Yves-Andre Godon, senior vice president of the Montreal region for Bentall Kennedy. “We have combined a practical, data-driven approach to sustainability with a deep respect for the heritage of this centennial building and its historic significance to Montreal.”
Constructed in a neoclassic style between 1914 and 1933, the Sun Life Building stands approximately 400 feet tall and comprises 26 stories that offer more than one million square feet of surface area.