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Cascades receives LEED Gold certification for expansion of Lachute plant

The expansion of Cascades’ Tissue Group plant in Lachute, Quebec, has received LEED Gold certification.

The plant is the first paper manufacturing facility to obtain LEED-NC (New Construction) certification in the Canadian paper industry.

The expansion project of the Lachute plant received the Gold level of LEED certification thanks to Cascades’ efforts to reduce its ecological footprint. This concern demonstrates the company’s will to remain at the forefront of environmental protection, which concerns not only its production activities but also the continuous improvement of its buildings.

This project was recognized for its exemplary 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.
  • 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 and because 86.6 percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfill.