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MP Sweet Celebrates Excellence in Energy Efficiency

HAMILTON, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/06/13 -- David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced today that Natural Resources Canada's CanmetMATERIALS laboratory in Hamilton has achieved the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification.

At an event held at the CanmetMATERIALS laboratory, MP Sweet was joined by Zach Douglas, President and CEO of McMaster Innovation Park, home of CanmetMATERIALS.

"Our government is committed to advancing energy efficiency to help lower energy costs for Canadian consumers, save energy and protect the environment," said MP Sweet. "I am proud to see that commitment showcased right here in Hamilton."

Platinum certification is the highest level of the LEED rating system, which is recognized as the international mark of excellence in green building. The CanmetMATERIALS facility demonstrates exceptional energy-efficient green building technologies, including a 705-square-metre solar wall to preheat ventilation air, triple-glazed windows, solar thermal panels for hot water and radiant heating, and an advanced rainwater harvesting system. In Canada, the LEED program is administered by the Canada Green Building Council.

"Congratulations to Natural Resources Canada and the CanmetMATERIALS project team for achieving LEED Platinum certification," said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. "LEED Platinum makes this facility among the highest-rated and most sustainable buildings in Canada. The federal government is setting an outstanding example and is showing a strong commitment to sustainability through greening their new building projects."

The CanmetMATERIALS laboratory is Canada's leading research centre dedicated to structural metals and alloys, materials design, pilot-scale processing and performance evaluation. CanmetMATERIALS is accelerating Canada's competitive edge in technology and innovation by building relationships between industry, academia and government.

"Working with the Government of Canada to create this world-class research facility has been an incredible experience, and we are delighted with the LEED Platinum certification," said Mr. Douglas. "CanmetMATERIALS' presence is helping the McMaster Innovation Park and the Hamilton region attract new companies and create highly skilled jobs."

Construction began on the state-of-the-art CanmetMATERIALS building in December 2008, and the building officially opened its doors on February 23, 2011. The building was designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and built by EllisDon. Energy experts from Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY also contributed to the design of the building.

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