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December 13, 2011

Cactus Club Cafe English Bay Targets LEED Gold

The long awaited opening of our English Bay location is fast approaching. The design and construction of this restaurant has to be considered very carefully as we are targeting a LEED GOLD Certification for it. Sustainability has always been a priority of ours, we were a founding member of the Green Table Network and our menu is Ocean Wise approved. A LEED GOLD certified restaurant, one of the first in Canada, would be a huge win for us and the environment.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. Here are a just a few of the things we are doing at English Bay while we aim for LEED Gold certification:

Green features at Cactus Club English Bay include:
◦ A living, energy efficient green roof
◦ An organic herb garden on the second level of the restaurant
◦ Employees will be provided secure bike storage and a private shower and change area
◦ Bike racks will serve up to 5% of customers’ bicycles at all times
◦ Landscaping will feature water-efficient practices, such as rainwater irrigation.
◦ Restrooms will feature waterless urinals, which reduce water use by 30%
◦ Waste management tactics were employed by the construction team; 75% of materials used in building were salvaged or recycled
◦ At least half of all wood is FSC (Forrest Stewardship Council of Canada) certified
◦ At least 20% of all materials used are extracted or manufactured within 800km of restaurant
◦ A state-of-the-art heating and air conditioning system uses a heat recovery process where excess heat from the kitchen is purified and reused to heat the restaurant
◦ The building process has carefully considered air quality, using low emitting materials, adhesives, paints and sealants
◦ Through our Green Table membership, the restaurant team is committed to composting, green innovation and reducing energy consumption.