TORONTO, Canada—Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport achieved LEED Certification, as recognized by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). It is the first Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Canada to earn this recognition for sustainable building design, construction, and operations.
“We are extremely proud of this achievement,” said Paul Couto, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport general manager. “We are not only committed to being a business leader in Toronto, but we are also committed to Hilton Worldwide’s global focus on living sustainably.”
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport received its LEED Certification on July 4. LEED certified buildings meet one of the highest environmental performance standards, assessed by site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, material selection, indoor air quality, and innovation in design.
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport was developed by Millennium Engineering and constructed by Kingslake Group. Achieving LEED certification for this hotel was based on a variety of design and construction elements that produce a positive impact on the community and building itself. These include: Use of low VOC adhesives and sealants throughout; water conservation program; paper, metal, glass and organics recycling program with YOY success of zero waste; A white roof to reduce heat island effect of the building, keeping the interior temperature cooler in summer and warmer in winter; LED Interior and exterior signage lighting to reduce energy consumption by more than 18 percent; use of local drought-resistant plant species for the exterior landscape, which don’t require an irrigation system to maintain; and more.
As part of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Garden Inn properties track their sustainability performance into LightStayTM, the company’s proprietary performance management system. LightStay measures multiple utility and operational metrics including energy, water, carbon, housekeeping, paper product usage, waste, chemical storage, air quality and transportation. In addition, LightStay provides social networking tools that allow properties to communicate and share information and features a “meeting calculator” that calculates the sustainability impact of any meeting or conference held at a Hilton Worldwide property.