Our Standards

Oxford develops and operates world-class properties by embracing leading technologies, management practices and green building certification programs. We have developed Sustainable Intelligence Operations Guides for each of our asset classes to ensure a coordinated, high-performing approach to sustainability. To access our guides, see the Downloads section of this report.

We take measures to minimize our environmental impact, improve health and wellness, and save money.

Our Operating Standards
We operate our buildings in a consistent manner to best in class standards. LEED is at the core of our sustainability operating standards for our Canadian office portfolio, as described below.
LEED denotes “LEED” related requirement Green Lease denotes “green lease” related requirement
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Certification iconCertification

Existing buildings are certified to the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance standard. New buildings are certified to LEED New Construction: Core & Shell, with a plan to achieve LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification within five years.

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Benchmarking iconBenchmarking

Energy, water and waste performance are benchmarked at least annually using internal and external standards.

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Targets iconTargets

Targets for reducing energy, water and waste are in place and aligned with annual building budgets and plans.

LEEDGreen Lease icon
Energy Management iconEnergy Management

Best in class energy management practices are in place, including plans for building operations, preventative maintenance, recommissioning and continuous commissioning, capital expenditures, and measurement and verification of savings from energy capital projects.

LEEDGreen Lease icon
Water ManagementWater Management

Low flow fixtures are installed as part of every retrofit, and water efficient management practices are in place.

LEEDGreen Lease icon
Waste Management iconWaste Management

A waste management program is in place that includes appropriate bins and signage. At a minimum, the program diverts paper, bottles, cans, glass, fluorescent lamps, batteries and electronic waste from landfill, and an annual waste audit is conducted.

LEEDGreen Lease icon
Meters and DataMeters and Data

Main building utility meters are installed and periodically recalibrated. Real-time and billing data are regularly provided to a central Oxford platform.

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Tenant Engagement iconTenant Engagement

A strategy for engaging tenants on sustainability issues is in place that includes a joint landlord-tenant green team, one-on-one meetings with key tenant contacts, and sustainability-themed lobby events for all occupants.

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Signature Project iconSignature Project

Each building’s most significant sustainability project is identified and communicated annually.

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Sustainable Purchasing iconSustainable Purchasing

Building management purchases low mercury lamps, FSC™ certified paper products and environmentally preferred de-icing products.

LEEDGreen Lease icon
Materials iconMaterials

Preferred Materials – Preference is given to FSC™ certified wood products and high recycled content, low volatile organic compound (VOC) and locally extracted and manufactured materials where practical and economically feasible.

Discouraged Materials – Old-growth and exotic/tropical woods shall not be used and non-recyclable materials and materials from non-renewable sources are avoided wherever possible.

LEEDGreen Lease icon
Green Lease iconGreen Lease

A green lease is used as our standard lease form for new tenants and renewals.

 
Fresh Air iconFresh Air

The building meets the ventilation requirements of ASHRAE 62.1 and periodically tests indoor air quality to ensure it exceeds industry standards.

LEEDGreen Lease icon
Green Cleaning iconGreen Cleaning

A green cleaning program is in place that utilizes EcoLogo™ certified products.

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Alternative TransportationAlternative Transportation

Bike racks, electric vehicle charging stations, and preferred parking spaces for alternative vehicles are provided, consistent with customer demand.

LEEDGreen Lease icon
Community EngagementCommunity Engagement

We work with and give back to local communities through employee volunteering efforts and fundraising activities.

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Performance Review and Continual Improvement iconPerformance Review and Continual Improvement

Performance and improvement opportunities are reviewed on a regular basis and at least once annually with senior management.

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Our Operating Standards
We operate our buildings in a manner consistent with best in class standards. LEED and BOMA BESt are the core of our sustainability operating standards for our Canadian retail portfolio, as described below.
BOMA BESt denotes BOMA BESt related requirement Green Lease denotes “green lease” related requirement
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Certification iconCertification

Our shopping centres are certified to the BOMA BESt or LEED standard.

BOMA BEStGreen Lease icon
Benchmarking iconBenchmarking

Energy, water and waste performance are benchmarked at least annually using internal and external standards.

Green Lease icon
Targets iconTargets

Targets for reducing energy, water and waste are in place and aligned with annual building budgets and plans.

BOMA BEStGreen Lease icon
Energy Management iconEnergy Management

Best in class energy management practices are in place, including plans for building operations, preventative maintenance, recommissioning and continuous commissioning, capital expenditures, and measurement and verification of savings from energy capital projects.

BOMA BEStGreen Lease icon
Water ManagementWater Management

Low flow fixtures are installed as part of every retrofit, and water efficient management practices are in place.

BOMA BEStGreen Lease icon
Waste Management iconWaste Management

A waste management program is in place that includes appropriate bins and signage. At a minimum, the program diverts paper, bottles, cans, glass, fluorescent lamps, batteries and electronic waste from landfill, and an annual waste audit is conducted.

BOMA BEStGreen Lease icon
Meters and DataMeters and Data

Main building utility meters are installed and periodically recalibrated. Real-time and billing data are regularly provided to a central Oxford platform.

Green Lease icon
Tenant Engagement iconTenant Engagement

Sustainability commitments, initiatives and achievements are regularly communicated to tenants and shoppers to encourage engagement.

Green Lease icon
Signature Project iconSignature Project

Each building’s most significant sustainability project is identified and communicated annually.

Green Lease icon
Sustainable Purchasing iconSustainable Purchasing

Building management purchases low mercury lamps, FSC™ certified paper products and environmentally preferred de-icing products.

BOMA BEStGreen Lease icon
Materials iconMaterials

Preferred Materials – Preference is given to FSC™ certified wood products and high recycled content, low volatile organic compound (VOC) and locally extracted and manufactured materials where practical and economically feasible.

Discouraged Materials – Old-growth and exotic/tropical woods shall not be used and non-recyclable materials and materials from non-renewable sources are avoided wherever possible.

BOMA BEStGreen Lease icon
Green Lease iconGreen Lease

A green lease is used as our standard lease form for new tenants and renewals.

 
Green Cleaning iconGreen Cleaning

A green cleaning program is in place that utilizes EcoLogo™ certified (or equivalent) products.

BOMA BEStGreen Lease icon
Alternative TransportationAlternative Transportation

Bike racks, electric vehicle charging stations, and preferred parking spaces for alternative vehicles are provided, consistent with customer demand.

BOMA BEStGreen Lease icon
Community EngagementCommunity Engagement

We work with and give back to local communities through employee volunteering efforts and fundraising activities.

Green Lease icon
Performance Review and Continual Improvement iconPerformance Review and Continual Improvement

Performance and improvement opportunities are reviewed on a regular basis and at least once annually with senior management.

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Our Operating Standards
We operate our buildings in a manner consistent with best in class standards. The Certified Rental Building Program’s (CRBP) Environmental Management Standards of Practice* is at the core of our sustainability operating standards for our Canadian multi-residential portfolio.
* Note: A program of the Federation of Rental Housing Providers Ontario
CRBP Environmental Management Standards denotes CRBP Environmental Management Standards requirement
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Certification iconCertification

Applicable buildings* achieve and maintain Certified Rental Building Program status.

* Program applies to Ontario buildings only at this time.

CRBP Environmental Management Standards
Water ManagementWater Management

Low flow fixtures are installed as part of every retrofit, and water efficient management practices are in place.

CRBP Environmental Management Standards
Meters and DataMeters and Data

Main building utility meters are installed and periodically recalibrated, and tenants are sub-metered for electricity use wherever practical. Real-time equipment performance data is monitored and utility billing data is regularly provided to a central Oxford platform.

 
Energy Management iconEnergy Management

Best in class energy management practices are in place, including plans for building operations, preventative maintenance and capital expenditures, and measurement and verification of savings from energy capital projects.

CRBP Environmental Management Standards
Waste Management iconWaste Management

A waste management program is in place that includes appropriate bins and signage. At a minimum, the program diverts paper, bottles, cans and glass from landfill.

CRBP Environmental Management Standards
Benchmarking iconBenchmarking

Energy, water and waste performance are benchmarked internally at least annually, and using external standards where available or appropriate.

 
Tenant Engagement iconResident Engagement

Sustainability commitments, initiatives and achievements are regularly communicated and promoted to residents to encourage engagement.

 
Signature Project iconSignature Project

Our residential portfolio’s most significant sustainability project is identified and communicated annually.

 
Materials iconMaterials

Preferred Materials – Preference is given to FSC™ certified wood products and high recycled content, low volatile organic compound (VOC) and locally extracted and manufactured materials where practical and economically feasible.

Discouraged Materials – Old-growth and exotic/tropical woods shall not be used and non-recyclable materials and materials from non-renewable sources are avoided wherever possible.

CRBP Environmental Management Standards
Green Cleaning iconGreen Cleaning

A green cleaning program is in place that utilizes EcoLogo™ certified (or equivalent) products.

CRBP Environmental Management Standards
Community EngagementCommunity Engagement

We work with and give back to local communities through employee volunteering and fundraising efforts.

 
Performance Review and Continual Improvement iconPerformance Review and Continual Improvement

Performance and improvement opportunities are reviewed on a regular basis and at least once annually with senior management.

 
Our Operating Standards
We operate our buildings in a manner consistent with best in class standards. BOMA BESt for Industrial is part of our sustainability operating standards for our industrial portfolio, as described below.
BOMA BESt denotes BOMA BESt related requirement
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Certification iconCertification

Existing buildings are working toward the BOMA BESt for Industrial standard.

BOMA BESt
Water ManagementWater Management

Conservation practices are in place for irrigation, stormwater infiltration galleries and low flow fixtures for tenant improvements.

BOMA BESt
Energy Management iconEnergy Management

Best in class energy management practices are in place, including plans for building operations and preventative maintenance.

BOMA BESt
Meters and DataMeters and Data

Conservation practices are in place for irrigation, stormwater infiltration galleries and low flow fixtures for tenant improvements.

 
Tenant Engagement iconTenant Engagement

Oxford’s sustainability commitment, initiatives and achievements are communicated and periodic dialogue with tenants on sustainability opportunities is facilitated.

 
Community EngagementCommunity Engagement

We work with and give back to local communities through employee volunteering and fundraising efforts.

 
Signature Project iconSignature Project

Our industrial portfolio’s most significant sustainability project is identified and communicated annually.

 
Materials iconMaterials

Preferred Materials – Preference is given to FSC™ certified wood products and high recycled content, low volatile organic compound (VOC) and locally extracted and manufactured materials where practical and economically feasible.

Discouraged Materials – Old-growth and exotic/tropical woods shall not be used and non-recyclable materials and materials from non-renewable sources are avoided wherever possible.

BOMA BESt
Alternative TransportationAlternative Transportation

Bike racks, electric vehicle charging stations, and preferred parking spaces for alternative vehicles are provided, consistent with customer demand.

BOMA BESt
Sustainable Purchasing iconSustainable Purchasing

Building management encourages environmentally preferred landscaping and snow removal products.

BOMA BEStGreen Lease icon
Performance Review and Continual Improvement iconPerformance Review and Continual Improvement

Performance and improvement opportunities are reviewed on a regular basis and at least once annually with senior management.

 
Our Operating Standards
We operate our buildings in a manner consistent with best in class standards. Green Keys is at the core of our sustainability operating standards for our Canadian hotels portfolio, as described below.
Green Keys denotes “Green Keys” related requirement
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Certification iconCertification

Buildings achieve and maintain Green Keys certification.

Green Keys
Water ManagementWater Management

Water efficient management practices are in place and low flow fixtures are installed wherever possible.

Green Keys
Energy Management iconEnergy Management

Best in class energy management practices are in place, including plans for building operations, preventative maintenance, capital expenditures, and measurement and verification of savings from energy capital projects.

Green Keys
Waste Management iconWaste Management

A waste management program is in place that includes appropriate bins and signage. At a minimum, the program diverts paper, bottles, cans, glass, fluorescent lamps, batteries and electronic waste from landfill, and an annual waste audit is conducted.

Green Keys
Benchmarking iconBenchmarking

Energy, water and waste performance is benchmarked internally at least annually, and using external standards where available or appropriate.

 
Tenant Engagement iconGuest Engagement

Sustainability commitments, initiatives and achievements are regularly communicated and promoted to guests to encourage engagement.

 
Signature Project iconSignature Project

In collaboration with our third-party partners, we work with and give back to the local community through volunteering efforts and fundraising activities.

 
Materials iconMaterials

Preferred Materials – Preference is given to FSC™ certified wood products and high recycled content, low volatile organic compound (VOC) and locally extracted and manufactured materials where practical and economically feasible.

Discouraged Materials – Old-growth and exotic/tropical woods shall not be used and non-recyclable materials and materials from non-renewable sources are avoided wherever possible.

Green Keys
Green Cleaning iconGreen Cleaning

A green cleaning program is in place that utilizes EcoLogo™ certified (or equivalent) products.

Green Keys
Alternative TransportationAlternative Transportation

Bike racks, electric vehicle charging stations, and preferred parking spaces for alternative vehicles are provided, consistent with customer demand.

Green Keys
Community EngagementCommunity Engagement

In collaboration with our third-party partners, we work with and give back to the local community through volunteering efforts and fundraising activities.

 
Performance Review and Continual Improvement iconPerformance Review and Continual Improvement

Performance and improvement opportunities are reviewed by operators on a regular basis and at least once annually between Oxford and third-party management partners.

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