Cascades plant expansion lands LEED Gold certification

Company receives certification for expansion project at its Lachute, Quebec plant

March 6, 2013
by PurchasingB2B Staff

The tissue group at Cascades’ Lachute, Quebec plant has received the LEED Gold certification, the company has announced. According to Cascades, the plant is the first paper manufacturing facility to obtain LEED-NC (New Construction) certification in the Canadian paper industry. The 6,800sqm expansion project of the Lachute plant was recognized for its performance regarding:

  • The reduction of its drinking water consumption, evaluated at 46.57 percent;
  • The use of regional materials, with 47.08 percent of costs used for the purchase of materials produced and extracted locally; and
  • The presence of certified wood, accounting for 96.36 percent of total cost for materials.

The project was also acknowledged because it offers a 58-percent reduction in energy costs, when compared to a Canadian reference building. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) applauded the fact that 86.6 percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfill.

“We’re honored to receive this certification, which reflects our numerous efforts to protect the environment and to make sustainable development a priority,” said Alain Lemaire, president and CEO of Cascades. “The new plant expansion not only meets the strict standards set by the LEED-NC rating system, but also helps to sustain the local economy, while respecting the building’s more than hundred-year-old heritage and its contribution to the community.”