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Being both a designer and a manufacturer, Lotek’s facilities are relatively unique in that we accommodate dynamic manufacturing processes, extensive design and research activities and standard office operations in the same physical environment. In the operations of our facilities we are continually looking for innovative ways to reduce our energy and resource use, while at the same time sustaining a healthy and productive work environment.

Energy and Water:
Recent building and infrastructure improvements to our St. John’s facility have resulted in an energy use intensity of 0.814 Gigajoules per square metre, which is nearly 30% below the Atlantic regional building average, and more than 40% below the Canadian average.

Water usage in the Newmarket, Ontario plant and the St. John’s Newfoundland plant has been reduced by more than half from our 2004 levels.

All toilets in our Canadian facilities have been converted to low-volume 6 litre models, and some urinals have been retrofitted with the waterless type, each of which is estimated to save 60,000 to 120,000 litres of water annually.

Indoor Environment:
More than 80% of our work area enjoys natural daylighting and views to the outside.
All new floorings, including carpets and linoleum, are specified to have high levels of recycled content and low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).

Outdoor Environment:
Lawn watering has never been permitted and the use of drought resistant planting has enabled significant reductions in garden water use.

With its large garden and landscaped areas, and gravel based parking area, more than 50% of the Newmarket property is permeable, allowing water to be filtered and drained more naturally into the ground water system.

Recycling and Garbage:
Lotek has both central and individual work area recycling bins and it is estimated that more than 95% of our office paper, glass and plastic containers and metals are recycled.

Laser toner and ink-jet printers are donated and recycled through charitable organizations.

Older computers and printers are offered to staff for home use or donated to local programs.

All hazardous waste (such as batteries) is disposed of only through registered disposal companies.

CTR monitors are being replaced with LCD ones that have a significantly lower energy use profile.