Allied is committed to sustainability as it relates to the physical environment within which it operates. Most of Allied’s buildings were created through the adaptive re-use of structures built over a century ago. They are recycled buildings, and the recycling has had considerably less impact on the environment than new construction of equivalent GLA would have had. To the extent Allied undertakes new construction through development or intensification, it is committed to obtaining LEED certification. LEED certification is a program administered by the Canada Green Building Council for certifying the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
The ongoing operation of our buildings also affects the physical environment. Allied is committed to obtaining BOMA BESt certification for as many of its existing buildings as possible. Certification is based on an independent assessment of key areas of environmental performance and management. Level 1 certification involves independent verification that all BOMA BESt practices have been adopted. Level 2 through to Level 4 involve progressively better assessments of environmental performance and management. Allied has one property with Level 2 certification and thirteen properties with Level 3 certification, with plans to put additional buildings forward for certification on an annual basis.
Allied is also attentive to the impact of its business on the human environment. Allied’s investment and development activities can have a displacing impact on members of the artistic community. As building inventory in an area is improved, the cost of occupancy can become prohibitive. Allied believes that its buildings and tenants are best served if artists remain viable members of the surrounding communities. Accordingly, Allied has made it a practice to allocate an appropriate portion of its rentable area to artistic uses on an affordable basis as part of its Make Room for the Arts program, the most recent example of this being the lease of over 200,000 square feet of GLA to Pied Carré at 5445-5455 de Gaspé in Montréal for a 30-year term. What Allied foregoes in short-term rent, it more than makes up in overall occupancy and net rent levels at other properties in the surrounding communities. Allied sees this as an important part of its corporate social responsibility.