Minimize emissions and effluents

For a commercial property such as Rockland, the main source of air emissions is generally heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC ) systems. As such, we pay careful attention to the maintenance of these devices. We hire qualified contractors to carry out routine maintenance and conduct regular tests to detect refrigerant leaks. Filters are replaced and coils cleaned frequently, and repairs are done as soon as a problem is observed. Moreover, our HVAC upgrade program is now almost completed.

In addition, although an environmental review has shown that we have very few hazardous products to deal with at Rockland, we ensure the rigorous management of the ones that do fall under our responsibility. All of these products are controlled and labelled in accordance with WHMIS standards. The corresponding material safety data sheets are posted in the maintenance rooms. Employees who are called upon to handle these materials receive WHMIS training every two years. Furthermore, since the property was built when asbestos was still being used in construction applications, we conduct monthly inspections and have introduced a management procedure in this regard. Rest assured, however, there is only a very small amount of asbestos present on the site. Finally, all of our heavy oil tanks are inspected weekly. Any minor leaks are repaired on the spot. We also have an emergency plan that outlines how to proceed in the event of a major leak. This summer, we have removed the only underground tank on the premises.
An innovative approach to snow removal

In 1983, at a time when most real estate owners and managers still paid little heed to environmental issues, Rockland invested in two snow-melting devices. This state-of-the-art technology has since enabled us to minimize the use of deicing salts in the winter, given that the snow melts as soon as it is picked up. In the late 1990s, these devices were upgraded to natural gas, which means less CO2 released into the air.

Key initiatives ›

HVAC upgrade program continuation. Thus far, 65% of the units have been replaced. The project will be ongoing until 2014.


Removal of the only underground tank on the premises.

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