Our LEED© Gold certified head office at PwC Tower—18 York Street in Toronto—celebrated its second anniversary in FY14. Building on the commitments we made during FY13, we continue to actively look for ways to improve our processes and facilities across Canada. To that end, during FY14, we benchmarked waste generation and energy use against prior data to ensure we are meeting targets established for our space. These results are included within our GHG emissions in which we saw a 16% reduction in Scope 1 electricity consumption compared to FY13.
We recognize that one of our biggest opportunities to increase our workspace efficiency is to reduce energy and resources by taking up less square footage. For us, this means doing more with what space we already have. That’s why, in FY14, despite keeping our employee base at our 18 York location stable compared to FY13, we decreased the amount of office space by 17% – or 75,000 sq ft. This reduction was due primarily to the increase in the number of our people working flexible chedules and the increasing efficiency of our hoteling system.
During FY14, we took possession of a new space in Oakville to replace our Mississauga and Hamilton, Ontario locations at the end of their lease periods. The new building is pending LEED Gold certification. Our new Surrey, British Columbia office is pending BOMA accreditations.
In addition to our investment in new facilities, some of our building-related environmental initiatives we continue to work on included: a storm water management system that will capture and treat 90% of average rainfall, use of regionally manufactured materials and a process called “right to light,” which ensures all workspaces will receive a significant amount of natural light.
In addition to our proactive environmental building initiatives, we continue to actively educate our people about the key environmental features of our buildings, including: