The sprawling former headquarters of Sears Canada is about to undergo one of the biggest green building retrofits on record in North America.

(Source: Ministry of International Trade and Investment)

Ontario, Canada is investing approximately $100 million in what is believed to be among the largest ever retrofits in North America, creating 1,000 new jobs and 455,000 square feet of state-of-the-art green office space.

The province of Ontario recently acquired the former head office building of Sears Canada in Toronto. This retrofit will reduce its carbon footprint by implementing many of the initiatives outlined in the Green Energy Act, recently passed legislation which will help transform Ontario’s economy to be more innovative, productive and competitive.

The design and construction of the base building retrofit will adhere to the guidelines and sustainability principles of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system, with a goal of achieving LEED® Gold standing.

Read the full press release here (May 26, 2009).

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