Released on April 21, 2011
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Regina has confirmed the sustainable building management practices of Innovation Place. As a result of the re-certification process, three Innovation Place buildings moved up a rating from Level 2 to Level 3 in the four level BOMA BESt rating program.
BOMA BESt (Building Environmental Standards) is a national program which addresses the industry need for realistic standards for energy and environmental performance of existing buildings based on accurate, independently verified information. BOMA BESt certification is valid for three years.
"This re-certification is indicative of the leadership and commitment to excellence shown by Innovation Place in the operation of their world class facilities and is highly commendable," Minister responsible for Innovation Place Rob Norris said. "The success of Innovation Place contributes to the growth of Saskatchewan, an achievement that is realized through the more than $900 million impact the tenants of the technology parks have on the provincial economy."
"Moving up a level during the re-certification process recognizes our ongoing commitment to sustainable building construction, operation and management," Innovation Place President and CEO Douglas Tastad said. "The approach Innovation Place takes to the development of our parks supports the success of our clients while moderating the impact on the environment."
The three buildings to advance from BOMA BESt Level 2 to BOMA BESt Level 3 are the Terrace in Regina, the Concourse in Saskatoon and the Forest Centre in Prince Albert. They are the only buildings in the province to be recertified in the BOMA BESt program. A Level 3 certification recognizes higher performance buildings with excellent management practices which include the pursuit of new environmental initiatives.
About Innovation Place
The mandate of Innovation Place is to support the growth and success of Saskatchewan's science and technology sector through the development and operation of technology parks. Innovation Place uses LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as the standard for construction of new buildings and BOMA BESt as the operating standard. Innovation Place developed the first LEED Gold level building in Saskatchewan and operates the only BOMA BESt Level 4 building in the province, 121 Research Drive in Saskatoon.
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