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SUSTAINABILITY

FIFC follows a new paradigm in building design geared towards environmental sustainability. Until recently, building projects focused primarily on three drivers: schedule, cost and quality, which directly influenced the resulting end product, for better or for worse. Today, the building landscape has changed, where two additional drivers have come in to play: 1) ecology and 2) focus on human health, safety and comfort.

Given that approximately 40% of energy consumption in the modern world is buildings related, focus on sustainability and its ultimate goal - “to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (1987 Brundt Land Commission Report) is critical. In the case of FIFC, the following features are incorporated in the building design to promote sustainability:

Lease depth (distance from edge of central building core to perimeter glass of building) of 13.5 meters to provide building tenants with exterior views and access to natural light, thereby minimizing dependency on artificial lighting.

Curtain wall building enclosure is assembled using double insulated glazing units with energy saving soft coatings to minimize solar heat gain and provide thermal resistance to maintain indoor temperatures.

Outdoor AHUs are equipped with:
1) UV light chambers to kill fungus and bacteria
2) Electrostatic filters to trap dust and microbes before reaching the tenant floors
3) Dehumidification to enhance indoor air quality, all of which contribute to improving employee productivity and retention

A rigorous MEP commissioning protocol that includes steps such as cleaning the chilled water lines to 1 micron level of filtration to ensure the building is able to perform to the standards to which the building was originally designed.

Post-occupancy building management team tasked to run the building with continual improvement in mind to create a healthy, productive and environmentally responsible workplace.


LEED TARGET POINTS   LEED RATING AT FIFC
SUSTAINABLE SITES 14 • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
WATER EFFICIENCY 06 • • • • • •

ENERGY &
ATMOSPHERE   

14 • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
MATERIALS &
RESOURCES
11 • • • • • • • • • • •

INDOOR 
ENVIRONMENTAL
QUALITY

11 • • • • • • • • • • •

INNOVATIONS &
DESIGN PROCESS

05 • • • • •
 
SUSTAINABLE SITES 14 • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
WATER EFFICIENCY 06 • • • • • •

ENERGY &
ATMOSPHERE   

14 • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
MATERIALS &
RESOURCES
11 • • • • • • • • • • •

INDOOR 
ENVIRONMENTAL
QUALITY

11 • • • • • • • • • • •

INNOVATIONS &
DESIGN PROCESS

05 • • • • •
TOTAL AVAILABLE
CREDITS
61 LEVEL OF
CERTIFICATION
NON CERTIFIED 0-22 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

CERTIFIED  

23-27 • • • • •
SILVER 28-33 • • • • • •

GOLD

34-44 • • • • • • • • • •

PLATINUM

45-61 • • • • • • • • • •
• • • • • •
 
TOTAL AVAILABLE
CREDITS
61 LEVEL OF
CERTIFICATION
NON CERTIFIED 0-22 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

CERTIFIED  

23-27 • • • • •
SILVER 28-33 • • • • • •

GOLD

34-44 • • • • • • • • • •

PLATINUM

45-61 • • • • • • • • • •
• • • • • •

Core Configuration

Efficient, centralized building core that houses all common support facilities including passenger and goods lifts, pressurized fire stair cases, washrooms and AHU and electrical rooms.

Elevators

  • Six (6) low-rise elevators of 1,600 kilogram capacity 1.75 meters/ second servicing Ground to Level 8
  • Six (6) high-rise elevators of 1,600 kilogram capacity, 2.5 meters/ second servicing Ground, Levels 8   to Level 14
  • Two (2) parking shuttle lifts of 800 kilogram capacity, 1 meter/ second from Ground to below-grade parking Levels
  • KONE Polaris destination control system uses artificial intelligence to learn and forecast traffic flows of the building
  • To reduce wait times and improve elevator handling capacity, passengers select their destination before being guided to a specific elevator assigned to them
  • Average interval wait time <30 seconds during peak hours
  • Handling Capacity >13% of building population during a 5 minute peak interval

All elevator lobbies on each floor use the same material pallette as the main ground floor lobby and are controlled by building design guidelines so that every floor lobby is consistent in design, materials and signage.