Keeping our Buildings “Green”

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Reducing Waste is an Ongoing Concern

Destaron is committed to being as energy efficient as possible, seeking out the latest advancements in green building design and operation.

We have successfully executed many green initiatives throughout the Destaron portfolio. Not only do we feel that we are doing the right thing for the environment, but we realize it is also smart business.  We know we are  increasing resident loyalty and providing a healthier living and working environment.

All sites are equipped with recycling bins.

We installed modern HVAC systems that provide the best possible indoor air quality for our residents by maximizing the fresh air intake. Destaron is proactive with all of our HVAC equipment. We have had the same professional HVAC company for nearly 20 years that carries out monthly maintenance on all of our equipment and alerts us on any issues so that they are quickly resolved

We have begun installing motion activated sensors on light fixtures and replacing hallway lights with more expensive, yet more energy efficient, fixtures.  Elevator and exterior lights have also been upgraded to LEDs which utilize much less energy than the previous lights we had and provide better lighting.

We redid the roofs on many of our buildings.  Destaron’s buildings’ new roofs have the latest insulation technology to reduce energy required for heating and cooling.

We installed new state-of-the-art boilers in most of our buildings which have the highest energy efficiency ratings on the market and the cleanest atmosphere venting.

Energy efficient water softeners have been installed in cities where the water supplied to our buildings is considered hard water.

Underground garage ramps have been replaced with snow sensors that turn on only when required to reduce the amount of electricity used to keep the ramps snow free.

In the individual suites:

  • Many of our suites now have double pane windows and new balcony doors for better insulation, thereby lowering heating and air conditioning costs.
  • We continue to replace the fridges in the suites with new ultra energy efficient units by Frigidaire.  Refrigerators are one of the highest energy consuming appliances in a residence, so we know the new appliances have a significant energy – and therefore cost – impact.
  • We replaced old lighting fixtures with energy saving lighting – with the new energy star rating1 – which use less energy than standard fixtures.
  • All of Destaron’s water systems have been upgraded with low flow water saver shower heads (which still provide a strong spray) and low flow toilets.

Even our website and online processing help us to be more energy efficient as many of our paper-based information and leasing materials are now available online reducing our paper requirements.

At Destaron, we believe that is the right thing to do to help preserve our precious natural resources.   We are committed to providing a quality living experience for our residents while upgrading our buildings to ensure an eco-friendly environment which also results in ongoing cost reductions for our residents.

1 The energy star label is only given to products that provide significant energy savings over standard products.  On average, energy star appliances use 20-30 per cent less energy than the standard products. Lighting fixtures with the energy star logo, usually fluorescent lights, use 75 per cent less electricity than standard bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer.