Ritchie Bros. has record year, HQ certified LEED gold

Burnaby-based Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has had a record year, selling more than $1 billion worth of equipment and trucks in its Canadian auctions so far in 2012.

The world's largest industrial auctioneer, Ritchie Bros. set its record with an auction in Edmonton Dec. 13-14 in which more than $60 million in product was sold. The auction involved 550 sellers, more than 3,400 items and attracted more than 4,700 bidders from 42 countries.

The company also announced its Burnaby headquarters has been certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold.

The 15,200-square-metre (164,000 square foot) office building in the Big Bend area of South Burnaby is home to more than 400 employees, a corporate child-care centre, fitness facility and café.

LEED features include the fact 75 per cent of work spaces receive natural daylight, 90 per cent have views to the outside; carpet, tile and furniture have little to no off gassing, carbon dioxide monitors are located throughout, and copy and janitor rooms have dedicated exhaust systems; 75 per cent of construction waste was recycled or reused; automatic lighting is used to save energy and reduce light pollution, and the roof is built with reflective materials to reduce the need for air conditioning; and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and exterior irrigation and the use of native drought-resistant plants in landscaping to reducing the need for watering.

Ritchie Bros. CEO Peter Blake said the project was "focused on achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, resulting in the construction of a building that is a great home for our employees and has minimal impact on the environment, as well as being energy efficient and cost effective."

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