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The Le 1500, an office building in Montreal

Office building in Montreal given top energy-efficiency certification


A landmark building in Montreal, Canada has been given an energy-efficiency certification.

Le 1500, an office building on Robert-Bourassa Boulevard in Montreal, is now “Leed” certified in the category of “Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance” by the Canada Green Building Council.

The building was designed and developed by real estate company Ivanhoé Cambridge

The evaluation criteria for Leed certification include energy efficiency and air quality, water management and consumption, the use of materials and re-use of surplus materials, the quality of interior spaces, and the ecological development of exterior sites.

Johanne Marcotte, Vice President, Operations, Retail, Ivanhoé Cambridge, said: “We are especially proud of this certification, which positions Le 1500 as one of Montreal’s most energy-efficient buildings.”

Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, the building features multiple nearby amenities, easy access via the major commercial thoroughfares, and direct connections to the city’s underground network as well as McGill métro station.

Le 1500 offers a gross leasable area of 49,016 sq metres. Over the years, Ivanhoé Cambridge has implemented “rigorous continuous improvement processes” to meet the criteria for Leed EB:O&M certification, including:

  • Addition of a recovery-mode chiller, enabling significant reductions in natural gas consumption;
  • Addition of a condensation boiler;
  • Integration of a new preventive maintenance system;
  • Addition of automated boiler control;
  • Automation of water treatment systems;
  • Integration of a state-of-the-art Metasys energy management system;
  • New higher-performance light fixtures;
  • Addition of a monitored main water meter; and
  • New higher-performance plumbing equipment that contributes to reduced water consumption.