HSBC opens Canadian 'green' building to house software team

HSBC opens Canadian 'green' building to house software team

HSBC's technology and services unit has opened an environmentally sustainable office in Canada to house its 850-strong global software development team.

The five storey, campus-style building with 146,000 square feet of office space in Burnaby, British Columbia has been christened "Discovery Green" by the bank.

The site has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for core and shell platinum by the US Green Building Council.

Ken Harvey, chief technology and services officer, HSBC, says: "The new Discovery Green office centre is the primary design site for all software development for HSBC globally and plays a key role in One HSBC - the HSBC Group programme to enhance customer experience and improve cost efficiency through standardizsing products, processes and technology around the world."

HSBC has been carbon neutral since 2005 and in 2007 launched a $90 million green programme. In 2008 the bank outlined plans to reduce the energy consumption of its retail units by up to 20% through the implementation of a real estate power metering system and also installed solar panels on the roof of its Canary Wharf headquarters.

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