Primer Western Canadian Properties Receive Prestigious Industry Awards

April 8, 2016 – The National Air Filtration Association has announced its annual Clean Air Award Winners for 2015. The awards recognize “above and beyond” initiatives by individual buildings to improve indoor air quality. Six properties working with the Filter Shop were recognized for their achievements.

The Bow – H&R Property Management Ltd – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nominated by Joanne McHugh CAFS, of The Filter Shop, the second tallest office building in Canada was able to achieve exceptional improvements to indoor air quality including:

  • Reduced odours from food production in the food court area through the installation of carbon filtration.
  • Reduced costs of energy through improved air filter preventative maintenance schedules.
  • Reduced air bypass through replacement of gasketing in air filter banks and recalibrated pressure gauges.

Commerce Place – GWL Realty Advisors – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Commerce Place is an “AAA” office space with LEED Gold and BOMA BEST® Level 3 awards. Doug Edwards, CAFS and Guy Chauvet CAFS, of The Filter Shop nominated Commerce Place due to high performance levels of air cleanliness in the building as well as new records set for both work accomplished and filter maintenance. The improvements were the result of installing new prefilters, replacing final filter gaskets, recalibrating pressure gauges, and recycling used filters. In part due to its recognition by NAFA, Commerce Place was also a recipient of BOMA Edmonton’s Certification of Building Excellence and Earth Award; recognizing achievements in both air quality and environmental sustainability.

444 7th – Dream Office Management Co. – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Sharon Needham CAFS, of The Filter Shop helped the senior building operator gain NAFA Certified Technician status. Upgrading the final filters to MERV 13 minipleat V-cell filters enabled significant extension of filter life and lowered the static pressure in the system. A regular preventative maintenance filtration plan is now in place to retain the improved quality of air and energy cost savings.

606 4th – Dream Office Management Co. – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

By replacing an ineffective agglomerator roll filter system (14 feet x 24 feet) with a filter bank of prefilters and final filters, Dream Office Management was able to ease air filter maintenance and improve the efficiency of the filter system. This renovation also reduced energy costs and recycled over one ton of metal. Sharon Needham CAFS, of The Filter Shop assisted Dream Office Management with this improvement.

Metropolis at Metrotown & Metrotowers – Metro Properties – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Metropolis at Metrotown has put tremendous effort into creating healthy indoor environments. Metro Properties’ efforts have earned BOMA Best and LEED Platinum certifications. With the help and expertise from The Filter Shop, Metro Properties commissioned a retrofit of filter banks, installed new gasketing, recalibrated pressure gauges, and installed higher efficiency final filters. The changes resulted in improved indoor air quality. The metal from the old filter bank was recycled.

Southland Park Buildings I – IV – Morguard Investments Ltd. – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

This large project is one of the largest office parks in Calgary. Improving the HVAC filtration system of each building’s unique air handling system was a complex task for Sharon Needham CAFS, of The Filter Shop and Southland’s operations staff. The improvements were as follows:

  • Building I – Switched from pocket filters to rigid cell filters; static pressure in the system was reduced and filter life was extended, thus reducing operating costs and increasing energy savings.
  • Building II – Filtration was upgraded to MERV 8 prefilters & MERV 13 final filters; efficiency of the air filter system was improved.
  • Building III & IV- Upgraded from pocket filters to minipleat v-cell filters; system pressure decreased, thus increasing energy savings and enabling longer filter service life.
  • In all buildings, gasketing was replaced as needed, pressure gauges were recalibrated, and a filter maintenance log was updated.


For further information:
Andre LeBlanc
Marketing Coordinator
780-436-6961 ext. 2232