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September 29, 2010

TELUS House Ottawa awarded LEED Gold certification

Adopting the LEED rating system for new and existing buildings is part of TELUS' commitment to reducing environmental impact across its operations

Ottawa, ON – TELUS House Ottawa has been awarded the LEED Gold certification for new construction from the Canadian Green Building Council, a significant upgrade from the silver rating that was targeted by TELUS when the project got underway five years ago. The building is the largest in Ottawa to receive LEED certification to date.

“This important ranking brings home to us all how we can make a real difference benefiting the environment,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. “When we undertook this project just five years ago, the steps we took to reduce energy and water consumption were cutting-edge concepts. What we accomplished in Ottawa set the stage for taking an increasingly green approach to our buildings across Canada. We are striving for LEED Gold or better in new buildings, retrofitting and reprogramming our older buildings and making strides towards having 70 per cent of our 35,000 team members working from home at least part time within five years from today.”

In the last five years, TELUS has implemented programs called Future Friendly Workplace and Work Styles promoting green workplaces and teleworking to create environmental, social and business benefits. The Future Friendly Workplace program exemplifies TELUS' commitment to the environment and its team members as evidenced by three buildings that have either been LEED certified or are pending certification. The TELUS Work Styles program encourages team members to work from home or in open office concepts to reduce environmental impacts and improve the balance between their personal and work lives.

“TELUS' Future Friendly Workplace and Work Styles programs are healthy for TELUS team members, for our customers, and the communities across Canada that we call home,” Mr. Entwistle said. “We are building workspaces and supporting work styles that encourage creativity and engagement while reducing our impact on our planet. We are proud that TELUS has a place among the world's leading green corporations.”

Since opening the 160,000 square foot, nine-floor TELUS House Ottawa in 2007 which recently received the LEED Gold certification. TELUS has also pursued LEED Gold certification in partnership with the building developers of its new building at 25 York Street in Toronto and LEED Silver for a retrofit of an existing older building at 300 rue Saint-Paul in Quebec City. In addition, TELUS has made renovations in two large office complexes in Burnaby, B.C. and Scarborough, Ontario where the company occupies over 1.2 million square feet, and will be pursuing LEED certification for these buildings.

LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance. In Canada, the rating system is administered nationally by the Canada Green Building Council. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health, including sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“Achieving LEED Gold certification is a significant achievement,” said Thomas Mueller, President & CEO of Canada Green Building Council. “TELUS' leadership in this area shows how green buildings contribute to corporate social responsibility including enhancing the well-being and productivity of employees.”

To reach the gold rating in Ottawa, TELUS reduced energy consumption by 40 per cent from the national energy code level, reduced water usage by 40 per cent by using high-efficiency plumbing, and placed the building directly on a public transportation route such that 80 per cent of the building's occupants arrive to work by transit, on foot or by bicycle. It makes maximum use of natural lighting, harvests rainwater for use, and offers employees high-quality indoor air. During construction more than 75 per cent of debris was recycled.


TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.6 billion of annual revenue and 12 million customer connections including 6.7 million wireless subscribers, 3.8 million wireline network access lines, 1.2 million Internet subscribers and 228,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $158 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 3.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.


ETS Centennial Garage – City of Edmonton

NOCOM Inc is pleased to announce the completion and successful implementation of our DALI lighting control system in the ETS Centennial Garage, Edmonton Alberta. A culmination of 3 years of collective hard work pairing closely with the design engineer, electrical contractor and client, this success story highlights the capabilities of NOCOM’s DALI intelligent lighting system and our commitment to customer satisfaction.

Located in Edmonton Alberta, the ETS Centennial Garage is designed for storage and maintenance of over 250 buses as well as housing administrative and dispatch support services for the City of Edmonton. Officially opened in April 2010, the ETS Centennial Garage boasts 313,000 sq feet of space (the equivalent of 7.1 acres of land), 11,800 cubic meters of concrete, 1,325 imperial tons of steel and 31 miles of electrical conduit.

With over 2,500 fixtures in total, the ETS Garage contains approximately 300 individual addressable DALI fixtures, with the remainder of fixtures controlled by addressable relays. The site also contains 75 motion sensors, 50 wall switches, dimmable LED fixtures and 4 lighting control panels connected via fiber optic cable. As a whole, NOCOM’s DALI intelligent lighting system and capabilities make a huge impact on a daily basis to City of Edmonton staff as well as the yearly city operational budget, by reducing energy consumption and providing client comfort and satisfaction. With a target of LEED Silver rating (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the ETS Centennial Garage aims to reduce overall environmental impacts. The garage is 33% more energy efficient than a typical Canadian building of its size and type thanks in part to the NOCOM DALI intelligent lighting control system. In order to reduce the need for artificial light and optimize DALI daylight harvesting capabilities, windows are located in all occupied spaces and storage areas. All light fixtures in administration office areas are low energy, intelligent, fully dimmable and operated by centrally controlled computer lighting software with motion sensors for daylight harvesting.

The selection of NOCOM’s DALI lighting system plays an integral part in achieving LEEDs success:

  • Programmable, individually controlled DALI ballast
  • Weather sensor aiding in customized daylight harvesting
  • Time of day scheduling
  • Personalized lighting control
  • Energy load shedding
  • Overall operating system verification reports
  • Remote access to system for 24hr support requirements

In conjunction with Morrison Hershfield Ltd electrical engineers, Territorial Electric Ltd Electrical Contractor and Stantec Electrical Commissioning Authority, NOCOM’s DALI system installation is a major contributor to the operational effectiveness of the ETS Garage. With design concept start in late 2007, and supply to site in 2008, NOCOM has provided the following:

  • training to the fixture manufacturer on installation of DALI ballasts,
  • Color CAD installation drawings,
  • project management during job installation and implementation
  • building commissioning for DALI fixtures and addressable relays
  • weather sensor programming for daylight harvesting
  • customized site training

For more information about DALI systems, call 1-888-225-2478. Make your lighting decisions illuminatingly simple!


Green Building Initiatives

Government of Canada

City of Ottawa


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