Page 1

TORONTO Canada Green Building Council


ISSUE 9, SPRING 2015, Greater Toronto Chapter, CaGBC Regional Publication /


Toronto An Intelligent Approach to a Connected Community

Healthy Communities, Healthy Buildings Municipal Energy-Efficient Development with Richcraft Recreation Complex in Ottawa

The Green Button In Ontario A Game Changer for the Real Estate Industry

Engaging Tenants with Technology There Is, or Will Soon Be, an App for That

SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS



2014 Toronto-Dominion Centre Sustainability Report

For us, sustainability is just black and white. The Toronto-Dominion Centre understands the importance of sustainability. This might explain why we have become a recognized sustainability innovator and leader in Canada. Our priority has always been to partner with our tenants to build high performance environments that support value creation through sustainability efforts. It’s how we are making business better.


SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS


Welcome to Toronto FOCUS

We are pleased to share with you this ninth Toronto FOCUS supplement produced in partnership with SABMag.

Message from the Greater Toronto Chapter of the CaGBC

In this edition, we reveal how some sustainable building

our Innovation in LEED Awards program (for which we are now

technologies are being used in Southern Ontario, and their

accepting nominations until August 14); and our annual Building


Blitz taking place at Spring Open.







technologies are intended to increase the efficiency of a building; monitor and conserve energy and resources; and optimize building performance. When applied on a larger scale, these technologies enhance our day-to-day experiences where we live, work and play. The benefits are reaped on both an individual and

Join us at Spring Open – our first networking event of the year – which will be held at the brand new RBC WaterPark Place on April 30, 2015! Tours of the new Cisco and RBC office spaces will be offered to Greater Toronto Chapter members. Until then, please check out our website at www.cagbctoronto.

collective level. Articles on the new LEED Dynamic Plaque and the Ontario Green Button Standard focus on methods for data collection, analysis and reporting (benchmarking) in the commercial and residential sectors. Also, read about smart building technologies that are being employed in: recreational facilities such as the Richcraft Recreation Complex; commercial office buildings as showcased

org to find out about the many upcoming educational workshops and networking events. A special thank you to our volunteers, members, partners, and friends in developing and providing some of this supplement’s content, and of course our sponsors and advertisers who have helped make this publication happen.

in our Engaging Tenants with Technology article; and entire

Our upcoming 2015 fall edition will be centred around the role

communities such as the Toronto Waterfront. In this region of the

that sustainable buildings and communities play on our health

country where we have the greatest critical mass of construction

and wellness. If you have an article that you would like to submit,

and green building, we have a tremendous, opportunity to

please contact Courtney Good, Program and Communications

incorporate, showcase, and promote leading edge technological

Manager (cgood@gta.cagbc.org). These publications and your

advancements. At the Chapter we continually strive to push the

support of the Chapter greatly contribute to the strengthening,

envelope in our community through advocacy initiatives such

promotion and success of our green building community. We

as building energy benchmarking, and by highlighting the best

hope you enjoy this supplement and we look forward to seeing

of green building practices through our Thank You Campaign;

you soon!

Hazel Farley

Michael Parker

Executive Director, Greater Toronto Chapter Canada Green Building Council

General Manager, Ecolight LED, Chair, Greater Toronto Chapter Canada Green Building Council

SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS


Courtesy of the Vancouver Convention Centre


Join us at Canada’s premier green building conference » Industry education

» Green building tours

» B2B meetings

» Networking events

» 100 exhibitors

Vancouver Convention Centre, June 2-4 Register now at: www.cagbc.org/blc2015


See a digital version of Greater Toronto Chapter FOCUS at www.sabmagazine.com/digital

26 14

In this Issue SPRING 2015 7 10 12 13

Tenants with Technology Green Builders 23 Emerging 14 Engaging Delayed adoption of LEED v4 Ritchie Courtyard The Green Button 24 Now what? Residence 18 in Ontario Toronto Communities, LEED 20 TheDynamic 2030 District Healthy Buildings Plaque 26 Healthy Laboratories Update: Building Energy at BRE Innovation Park Benchmarking 28 Living Toronto 22 Waterfront Professional Development & Events

20 Environmental savings for this issue: Toronto FOCUS is printed on Rolland Enviro 100 Satin, a 100% post-consumer fiber that is certified FSC and EcoLogo. It is processed chlorine-free,

12 trees

45,044 L water

682 kg waste

1,774 kg of CO2

FSC-recycled and is manufactured using biogas energy.

Cover photo: Waterfront Toronto Innovation Centre Rendering. Courtesy of Menkes Development Ltd.


Editor: Courtney Good, Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC-GTC) A joint publishing project of the CaGBC-GTC and SABMag. Address all inquiries to Don GrifďŹ th: dgrifďŹ th@sabmagazine.com Published by Janam Publications Inc. | www.sabmagazine.com | www.janam.net


The 2015 THE CAGBC



Arcadian Court


presents... The 8 Awards Include: • 4 Innovation in LEED Awards for New Construction/ Core and Shell, Commercial Interiors, EB:O&M and Residential • Innovation in Sustainability Award for projects, programs or policies that are exceptionally innovative, but not necessarily tied to LEED) • Greater Toronto Chapter (GTC) Volunteer Award • Greater Toronto Chapter (GTC) Leader Award • enviroSCULPT Award for creating art from materials diverted from the waste stream Submission Criteria for Innovation in LEED Awards: • Nominations for all awards will only be accepted if submitted by a current Greater Toronto Chapter member • Only one submission per project will be accepted • The project must be LEED Certified within the last 2 years (not applicable to the Innovation in Sustainability Award) • Submissions will be accepted for projects in Southern Ontario. Please visit the website for a map of the boundaries Important Dates: • The deadline for submissions for the Innovation in LEED Awards and the Individual Awards is August 14, 2015 • The deadline for submissions for the enviroSCULPT Award is October 1, 2015 All winners will be announced at the CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala and Awards Program on October 22, 2015 at the Arcadian Court. Tickets are on sale now! If you have a project that you wish to submit, please visit the website http://www.cagbctoronto.org/news-events/innovation-awards for more information. Last year, the Chapter recognized the following projects and individuals: Existing Buildings: O&M Earth Rangers LEED EB:O&M Platinum New Construction Core & Shell Evergreen LEED NC Platinum

Innovation in Sustainability Award Greening Homes Ltd. Leader Award Doug Webber, Green Building Practice Leader, Hallsall Associates

Commercial Interiors Aisling Discoveries Child & Family Centre LEED CI Silver

Volunteer Award Ken Feinstein, Director of Marketing, Flat Iron Group Inc.

Residential Teeple Architects Inc. LEED Residential Gold

enviroSCULPT Award Arisha Osmani & Christina Taylor The Iceberg

Gold Sponsors


SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS

Silver Sponsors

2014 Innovation in LEED Awards designed by Brothers Dressler. Photo courtesy of Alex Webster Photography

Media Sponsors


Upcoming Events + Workshops The Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter (CaGBC-GTC) seeks to connect all of Ontario’s green building leaders and supporters by providing all of the latest information you need to accelerate your LEED credentials and to stay at the forefront of the green building industry. Here’s a highlight of Chapter initiatives and upcoming events and workshops.

LEED v4 Green Associate Study Course March 30-31, 2015 – Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto Our most popular course is back at Evergreen Brick Works in the spring! This two-day LEED v4 Green Associate study course provides the foundational knowledge for the LEED Green Associate exam and to attain your first level of credentialing. This study course will also be offered at the Evergreen Brick Works on the following dates: May 6-7, 2015, August 18-19, 2015, October 13-14, 2015, December 8-9, 2015.

Spring Open April 30, 2015 - RBC WaterPark Place, Toronto Our first networking event of the year will kick-off with tours and continue with networking, complimentary food and drinks, followed by our crowd pleasing Building-Blitz – 10 rapid-fire presentations highlighting the newest and most sustainable buildings in Southern Ontario. Tours of the new Cisco and RBC office spaces will be offered exclusively to Chapter members.

GPRO: Mechanical & HVAC-R Course May 12 – 13, 19 (Exam), 2015 – Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning account for over 40% of the energy used in buildings. GPRO Mechanical & HVAC-R explains how to make HVACR equipment as efficient as possible, while providing the same levels of comfort

to occupants. GPRO Mechanical & HVAC-R gives experienced construction professionals the critical tools needed to transition from conventional to sustainable construction practices. GPRO Mechanical & HVAC-R is ideal for a range of professionals in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries including subcontractors, installers, technicians and estimators.

LEED Breakfast Series Session II: WELL Building Standard June 16, 2015 - Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto Increasing amounts of evidencebased medical research demonstrate that there are resonating connections between the buildings where we spend more than 90% of our time and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants. The newest solution to address these impacts is the WELL Building Standard®, created by Delos, through consultation with leading medical researchers and building industry practitioners. On June 16, 2015, join us to hear about how occupant health and productivity is driving changes in the way we design, build, and maintain our indoor spaces!

GPRO: Construction Management June 23-24, 29 (Exam), 2015 – Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto What’s involved in Construction Activity Pollution Prevention (CAPP)? What’s included in a Construction Indoor Air

Quality plan or a Construction Waste Management plan? GPRO Construction Management (CM) explains the essential role CMs play on a sustainable construction project. Taught by industry experts using real-life classroom exercises, GPRO CM gives experienced building professionals the critical tools to transition from conventional to sustainable construction practices.

Looking for the best way to gain CE hours and green building know-how? CHOOSE CaGBC-GTC All of our workshops are stringently peer-reviewed by GBCI for high relevance, quality and rigor, and have been deemed as guaranteed for CE hours by GBCI. We also offer a number of different webinars to share local green building knowledge and best practices.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ANY of these initiatives and to register for workshops + events, visit our website: www.cagbctoronto.org!

SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS


Upcoming Events + Workshops LEED Breakfast Series Session III: Portfolio Certification September 24, 2015 - Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto LEED entered the market as a way to differentiate individual buildings. However, as it achieves greater reach across the market, owners and managers of multiple buildings are shifting to a portfolio approach. As a result, LEED certification is shifting from one off projects managed at each property by the local management teams to national projects with management distributed to different levels of the organization. At the 3rd LEED breakfast, you will hear from a panel of owners and service providers who are implementing a variety of strategies that effectively deliver LEED across multiple buildings.

The CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala and Awards October 22, 2015 – Arcadian Court, Toronto Join our network of green building professionals and supporters at our sixth annual CaGBC - Greater Toronto Chapter Gala. The evening will include an elegant reception, sit-down dinner and a special keynote presentation. The Chapter will be continuing with the awards program, introduced in 2013, which recognizes projects and individuals that demonstrate advancement in the green building industry in Southern Ontario. Submissions for nominations for the awards program are open from now until August 14. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to support the Chapter and attend one of the largest green building networking events in the Greater Toronto Area!

lEED Breakfast Series Session IV: Sustainability: Business as Usual? November 12, 2015 – Save the date, more details to come The LEED Breakfast Series is intended to foster a community of learning and elevated performance around LEED. Join us for the fourth and final session of the year!


APRIL 30, 2015

The NEW RBC WaterPark Place 88 Queen’s Quay West Lobby

Tours of Cisco and RBC spaces will be offered to members Presenting Sponsor


SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Venue Sponsor




March 30-31

LEED v4 Green Associate Study Course

April 30

Spring Open

May 6-7

LEED v4 Green Associate Study Course

May 12 – 13, 19

GPRO: Mechanical & HVAC-R Course

June 2-4

CaGBC Building Lasting Change Conference

June 16

LEED Breakfast Series Session II: WELL Building Standard

GPRO Event

June 23-24, 29 GPRO: Construction Management

Education Event

August 18-19

LEED v4 Green Associate Study Course

CaGBC National Event

September 24

LEED Breakfast Series Session III: WELL Building Standard

Networking Event

October 22

The CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala and Awards

November 12

LEED Breakfast Series Session IV: Sustainability: Business as Usual?









TD Centre, Cadillac Fairviiew Corp. PCL Constructors Canada Inc.


SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS



20% OFF

â â â â

Direct Replacement Tubes UL/CUL Certified, DLC No Mercury, Over 80 CRI 50,000 Hrs


Replaces HPS & MH High Lumens, UL/CUL Certified, DLC 50,000 Hrs


1/2 ecolight.indd 1

2015-03-13 10:36 AM

Your most complete MAGAZINE AND WEB RESOURCE on the design and construction of high-performance housing Basement floor plan

First steps

First floor plan

Second floor plan

Third floor plan

The new house

Using an integrated design process where all consultants and the contractor meet at the very start and regularly thereafter saved time and money in the long run, and permitted a broad range of solutions such as integration of active and passive solar strategies, daylighting or incorporation of reclaimed / reused materials. All existing millwork, plumbing and electrical fixtures, doors and windows from the existing house were recycled through ‘Habitat for Humanity’. trees/shrubs were transplanted to neighbours during demolition and construction. Over 80% of demolition building waste, such as masonry, lumber, metalwork, and gypsum plaster, was recycled. the site also needed careful attention to prevent erosion during construction, and plans were made early on the finished site for permeable parking pads to control run-off, use of high reflecting landscaping materials, and placing of vegetable gardens.

Roof floor plan


Providing natural light and air was behind the idea of using the three-storey stairwell as a vertical ventilation ‘chimney’ topped with programmable venting skylights. Open concept and/or dynamic partitions allow complete cross ventilation at each level which feeds into the vertical stairwell shaft creating a stackhouse effect. natural daylight from the skylights can now penetrate the core of house. the energy savings from natural daylight phases well with energyefficient LeD and CFL lighting as day passes into night.

Operable skylights









Photovoltaic panels Cross ventilation windows

Reclaimed brick

water conservation, such as on-site rainwater drainage collection to a drywell, which will be eventually be upgraded to a cistern for efficient rainwater re-use, water-conserving fixtures, and use of drought-tolerant native plants, are measures on almost any house. we used a geothermal system for heating through water-to-water heat pumps and bottom up radiant floor slabs, and geothermal cooling through water-to-air heat pumps, fan coil unit, top down supply air ducts. we also used steam humidification though the air duct system to adjust interior humidity during the dry, cold winter months.

Reclaimed decking on reclaimed Douglas Fir floor joists

6 Lightwell

Stackhouse effect




2 22

subscribe: 1-800-520-6281, x304

ReclAimeD DouglAs FiR exposeD FlooR joists, RooF RAFteRs, AND 2x6 wooD DeckiNg come FRom A DecoNstRucteD 1940s ottAwA-AReA AiR FoRce hANgeR [2]. sliDiNg DooRs AND wiNDows pRoviDe cRoss-veNtilAtioN which FeeDs iNto the stAiRwell wheRe the skylights At the top Allow FoR A heAlthy, NAtuRAl veNtilAtioN oF the eNtiRe house. [3 AND 4]. the high-ReFlectANce exposeD RooF membRANe DiRects suNlight to the ReAR FAce oF the biFAciAl photovoltAic solAR pANel ARRAy, AND Also ReDuces the heAt islAND eFFect. Note the velux veNtiNg skylights [iN closeD positioN] iN the FoRegRouND [5]. white solveNt-bAseD lAcqueR wAs useD oN No ADDeD FoRmAlDehyDe mDF boARD becAuse oF its higheR DuRAbility compAReD to wAteR-bAseD lAcqueR [6]. lookiNg DowN the stAiRwell which, with opeRAble skylights At the top, Acts As A veNtilAtioN chimNey [7].


ecohouse cANADA | winter | 2014/15

ecohouse cANADA | winter | 2014/15


SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS


The annual LEED Breakfast Series is targeted at building owners and managers that have achieved – or are working towards – LEED certification. Led by the Canada Green Building Council Greater Toronto Chapter, the series is intended to foster a community of learning and elevated performance around LEED. This year’s four LEED Breakfast Series topics are listed below.

Registration is now open for all sessions, purchase your ticket today! Session I: The NEW LEED Dynamic Plaque - February 25 LEED Dynamic Plaque has been launched by the US Green Building Council to drive a more performance-based approach for certification via the LEED rating systems. It is evolving as an efficient option to maintaining LEED certification and is available to all previously certified LEED EB:O&M, NC, CS and CI projects. On February 25th, Scot Horst, Chief Product Officer from USGBC, spoke about the opportunities the Dynamic Plaque presents and its value and use in the market. Thanks to Honeywell, Presenting Sponsor, of the event!

Session II: WELL Building Standard® - June 16 The WELL Building Standard®, launched in October 2014, is a performance-focused system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing. Optimized for commercial and institutional buildings, WELL focuses on best practices in design and construction in order to enhance the affirmative environmental elements of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. On June 16, 2015, join us to hear about how occupant health and productivity is driving changes in the way we design, build, and maintain our indoor spaces!

Session III: Portfolio Certification - September 24 LEED entered the market as a way to differentiate individual buildings. However, as it achieves greater reach across the market, owners and managers of multiple buildings are shifting to a portfolio approach. As a result, LEED certification is shifting from one off projects managed at each property by the local management teams to national projects with management distributed to different levels of the organization. The USGBC anticipated this shift by creating the LEED Volume program, and some local real estate companies are embracing that. Others are taking a hybrid approach, developing central tools and processes that facilitate efficiencies at property levels, but that still use the standard one building certification process. At the 3rd LEED breakfast, you will hear from a panel of owners and service providers who are implementing a variety of strategies that effectively deliver LEED across multiple buildings.

Session IV: Sustainability: Business as Usual? - November 12 Save the date! More details to come…

SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS


Downtown is a microcosm of the city as a whole, and can serve as a demonstration of how to achieve sustained emissions reductions through public-private-community collaboration.

Some might argue that the mood in Toronto is changing.

The city’s record to date has been punctuated by some significant successes,

With two elections this past year there seems to be a

from the Toronto Green Standard, to the explosion of LEED certified office tow-

sense that it’s time we get back to business. For the fight

ers, to Civic Action’s Race to Reduce. But those bright spots represent more a

against climate change there are signals of a shift as well.

demonstration of how market leaders can go above and beyond today’s status

For the 40+ building owners, managers, designers, sup-

quo than an expression of how the city as a whole will collectively achieve long

pliers and community organizations that have signed on

term market transformation. We have individual stakeholder groups saying

to create the Toronto 2030 District, there is a sense that

“We know where we think we should be today” but no broader sense of where

we are reaching a tipping point where our technical know-

everyone needs to be tomorrow, much less how we will get there.

how, market drivers and political agendas are beginning to intersect.

Shifting to a longer term vision for the city as a whole - particularly one that is broadly supported – first requires a clear understanding of where we are today,

The Toronto 2030 District, founded by the Ontario

a consensus on where we need to get to, and an inclusive dialogue around how

Association of Architects and Sustainable Buildings

we can get there. Right now we have neither the aggregated data to understand

Canada with sponsorship from Enbridge, is positioning

the emissions profile of the city, nor the forum for engaging all building sector

itself as a bridge-builder seeking to accelerate market

stakeholders in the common long-term mission to reduce emissions.

transformation in the city. With a focus on the downtown core of the city, the District is bringing together partners

But that is beginning to change.

from across the building sector value-chain and aggregat-

This evolution from fragmented programs to a coordinated community is the

ing emissions data from a number sources to deepen our

driving idea behind the Toronto 2030 District. As the newest in a growing net-

understanding of when, where, how and why emissions

work of 2030 Districts Districts, first started in Seattle and now established in

are generated downtown, and what we can do about it.

eight American cities, Toronto will be the first Canadian, and first non-US District

The City of Toronto’s own emissions target of 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 means steep reductions in energy,

to be recognized when it receives its charter from Architecture 2030 this winter. For more information visit www.2030districts.org/toronto

water and waste will be demanded from both new and existing buildings sooner rather than later.


SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS

Jeff Ranson, Executive Director, Toronto 2030 District.


Update: Building Energy


Secondly, the Chapter is working to maintain open communication with Mayor John Tory. Tory’s campaign platform supported voluntary building energy benchmarking, such as CivicAction’s Race to Reduce, a subtle yet significant difference from a mandatory program. The Chapter looks forward to ongoing discussions with

Last spring, the CaGBC-GTC’s Advocacy Committee began discussions

the City and major stakeholders to further development of the

on building energy benchmarking. Ian Theaker’s article in the spring

City’s proposed by-law and implementation plan, to be proposed

2014 issue of Toronto Focus, Building Energy & GHG Benchmarking:

this year. To complement the City’s efforts, the Province has also

Labeling and Transparency, provided a comprehensive overview of the

identified benchmarking as a means towards inspiring action in its

issue and its context across Canada and in Toronto. Over the past year,

Conservation First publication, paving the way for potential labelling

the committee has pursued the initiative in a number of ways. Firstly, the

for commercial buildings and aligning efforts noted in the Province’s

Chapter provided a letter of support for the motion presented by City

discussion paper, Ontario’s Climate Change 2015. Additionally, the

Councillors to the Parks and Environment Committee for a staff report

Province and the City of Toronto are jointly consulting on options

on a new bylaw and implementation plan to establish a mandatory

for a mandatory energy reporting and benchmarking (ERB) initia-

‘Annual Energy & Water Utilization Reporting Requirement’ for large

tive for large commercial and multi-unit residential buildings. Their

buildings in Toronto for their March agenda . Based on the committee’s

Best Practices Summit, held on March 24 at the MaRS Discovery

recommendation, the motion was further ratified by City Council. The

District brought together industry leaders who shared their stories,

subsequent July 31, 2014 City Staff Report provided an update on the

experiences and best practices with voluntary and mandatory ERB

energy reporting requirement for large buildings. In preparation for the

initiatives. You can also have your say at one of the upcoming Policy

June 22nd committee meeting, The Chapter will be working towards

Workshops in April. To find out more about these events, please visit

providing additional letters of support for the final recommendation to

toronto.ca/eed. We look forward to providing future updates on this

be brought to council in July 2015.

important initiative.


By Holly Jordan, Advocacy Committee Chair

SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS


Engaging Tenants

with Technology Many of us now either use or have easy access to technologies in our home which we can interact with – a learning thermostat, a web camera, internetstreaming radio or television, energy-use from smart meters – to say nothing of the smart phone that most of us now carry with us in our pockets. There is an expectation that there is an app for just about any information we need or action we’d like to take, and options to automate the home are advancing rapidly.

Technology is changing the way we do things; buying books [or downloading to an e-reader], ordering a cab [or sharing a ride], charging your car instead of filling it up, or booking a hotel [or couch surfing]. This same change has not yet transferred to many commercial offices. No two buildings are alike, but it is not an exaggeration to say that few offer the interactivity that we are starting to expect. Occupants generally cannot control light levels or temperature, nor do they have access to real-time performance of the building – with the exception of “LEEDing” buildings. With the proliferation of mobile technologies, this gap between consumer technologies with an on-demand app for almost anything you could desire and the traditional office space is becoming

Andy Schonberger CaGBCGTC (past) Chair of the Board, Business Development, Smart and Connected Real Estate & Communities, Cisco Systems



SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS

very apparent, leading many tenants to start asking landlords about what interactions are possible in a space. Green buildings are playing an important role in this by increasing our knowledge of how to create healthier, more productive spaces that use fewer resources to build and operate. There is an opportunity to adapt many of the technological innovations at our consumer fingertips in the commercial office to drive the impact of green buildings even further.

A major driver for architects, interior designers, owners and occu-

to lease, because a lower percentage of staff are in the office at

pants is productivity. While there is no tried and true metric to

any given time. Individually-addressed lights can provide an easy

measure this, there are ample studies and market surveys that show

way to tailor and provide access to task specific light levels, while

that it is becoming increasingly important to provide flexibility and

individually-addressed HVAC controls can provide the same input

options to tenants for how and where they can work.

for heating, cooling or additional fresh air if desired.

Open-concept, unassigned workspaces on the outside of floor

Contrast this with the typical office experience. Going to your

plates provide access to day light; quiet rooms for private phone

assigned seat or office, the lights and temperature are static. If you

calls or meetings; and creativity zones with white boards and com-

need to work late, you likely need to call the facility staff to request

fortable seating to encourage team collaboration, all offer options

a schedule override, which, depending on your lease, may involve a

for different tasks. Café spaces which encourage discussion and

charge-back to you the tenant, discouraging your use of the space

informal connections between occupants and a game or two [ping

at that time, impacting productivity.

pong anyone?] can help break up the monotony of a day and help maintain staff creativity. Sound like a place you’d like to work?

Properly deployed technology in a building can address these concerns, aiding in tenant engagement efforts – like digital signage that

Ubiquitous Wi-Fi, video-enabled conferencing [in more than just for-

shows live energy-use data in an elevator or tenant lobby – or in

mal boardrooms] removes location barriers and gives options to staff

providing the ability to occupants to manage their own space com-

to collaborate in any way that supports their work-life balance, includ-

fort through communal voting. The list of applications can be as

ing not coming into the office at all! These same technologies can

unique as the building, given tenants’ needs, desire to innovate and

save energy over their traditional design counterparts, reduce travel

the building system’s ability to functionally provide these services.

requirements, and even reduce the actual space that a tenant needs

Below are examples in the Greater Toronto Area:

• LEED Gold targeted and recently renovated 222 Jarvis features many collaborative spaces and better access to daylight with “I” spaces and “We” spaces;

• 18 York Street showcases Internet Protocol [IP] phones to control lights;

• LEED Platinum targeted RBC WaterPark Place is equipped with over 2,500 IP connected HVAC components and Power-overEthernet [PoE] lights in select tenant spaces;

Brookfield Place shares tenant’s individual energy-use via a

web portal;

• 25 York Street’s new LEED Dynamic Plaque encourages tenant engagement in the building’s performance.


These buildings have taken pieces of the strategies mentioned above to provide greater engagement to their occupants. Expect this trend to increase, particularly in those buildings where the infrastructure was designed with this flexibility and change in mind. There is, or will soon be, an app for that.


Shared spaces at 222 Jarvis encourage informal connections and team collaboration. Photo courtesy of WZMH Architects [1]. Naturally lit, open-concept workspaces at the new RBC WaterPark Place. Photo courtesy of HOK [2]. Open-concept creativity zone at RBC WaterPark Place. Photo courtesy of HOK [3].

3 SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS


The Green Button in Ontario:

a game changer for the real estate industry The collection, analysis, and reporting of energy data is an inte-

For the commercial and institutional sector, Green Button is a game

gral, yet cumbersome part of the work of any building owner or

changer: it makes energy and sustainability reporting initiatives

manager. As it currently stands, collecting electricity data—and

easier and less expensive (like BOMA BESt, LEED, RealPAC’s energy

subsequently cleaning, converting, and interpreting that data—

benchmarking survey, GRESB, Race to Reduce). Primarily, the Green

from utilities across a variety of jurisdictions in North America is

Button makes electricity data available sooner, data collection easier

a time and resource-intensive process, partly due to the lack of

and more cost-effective by allowing building owners and managers to

standards in the format and process for accessing that data.

collect data for all their buildings, across multiple utilities and jurisdic-

The solution to that cumbersome and intensive process is the Green Button. The Green Button standard allows building owners and managers to easily access and share their electricity data with vendors of their choice in a standardized, secure way, no matter what the jurisdiction. Originally developed in the United States and available to a 100 million customers in key large utilities, the Green Button standard began its adoption in Ontario after being announced by the Minister of Energy in 2012. Working with key industry stakeholders and partners, the Ontario Ministry of Energy and MaRS Discovery District launched the first phase of the standard shortly after the announcement. As part of the process of adoption, the Ontario Energy Board amended the Supplemental Report on Smart Grid to require electric utilities to enable standardized, secure and electronic access to energy consumption data; the Green Button was subsequently referenced as a standard to empower consumers in the province’s updated Long-Term Energy Plan released in 2013.


SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS

tions, in a consistent format, eliminating costly and time-consuming data cleaning and integration work. That data can be easily and automatically shared with third-party services or compatible databases, based on the consent of the building manager. The impact of this standardized access model is widespread; not only does it streamline the reporting process, but it also improves data consistency and accuracy by removing manual data entry and introducing a common standard. Additionally, Green Button-enabled solutions can help building owners and managers improve building management practices by having a more frequent and easy access to the building’s consumption data, allowing operators to take corrective actions sooner. Green Button can also contribute to successful tenant engagement strategies by providing innovative ways to understand the whole-building’s energy consumption and can also be extended to sub-metered data. For example Schneider Electric’s implementation in Washington DC includes sub-metered data converted in the Green Button format.

Currently, the first phase of the Green Button standard has been

Momentum for the Green Button continues to grow outside Ontario

implemented by ten LDCs in Ontario, covering over 3 million resi-

as well. California is nearing a state-wide adoption of Green Button,

dential and small business units. Given the sizeable benefits enabled

and the Green Button Alliance, a non-profit corporation launched in

by the standard to the large commercial and institutional sector,

February 2015 in San Diego, is working to increase awareness and

industry associations—including REALpac, BOMA Canada, BOMA

accelerate the adoption of the Green Button standard across North

Toronto, CivicAction, and the Canada Green Building Council -

America. London Hydro is a founding member of the Green Button

Greater Toronto Chapter—have expressed support in making Green

Alliance, and MaRS Discovery District working with the Ministry of

Button available to their members. The second phase of the stan-

Energy will also represent Ontario’s consumers and industry in this

dard is currently being piloted by London Hydro and Hydro One,

initiative. The future opportunity and potential for the Commercial

and a larger rollout is expected in the upcoming months.

and Institutional sector keeps growing as this momentum increases.

The potential future impact of the Green Button standard in the

“As a founding member of the Green Button Alliance, London Hydro

Commercial and Institutional sector is wide reaching. Integration

continues to underscore its commitment to increase adoption of

with major energy reporting and benchmarking platforms like the

Green Button across Ontario-based and Canadian utilities,” said

Environmental Protection Agency’s Portfolio Manager is under way.

Syed Mir, vice president of corporate services and CIO.

MaRS Discovery District is also having initial conversation with gas utilities in the Province. These moves will considerably reduce the burden of collecting and sending data for building owners and managers.

If you want to know more about Green Button and how you can get involved, visit the Green Button website (www.greenbuttondata. ca) and contact your local electricity utility and let them know you would like to access your data using the Green Button standard.


Ontario Green Button [1].

SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS


The LEED® Dynamic Plaque™ The LEED® Dynamic Plaque™, created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is a building performance monitoring and scoring platform. The plaque displays the LEED performance score which reflects the measured performance of the building across five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. The LEED Dynamic Plaque makes the invisible actionable and offers a means for interaction with the building on multiple levels: visitors can “see” performance, occupants can provide feedback on their experience, and owners and building managers can view trends to make informed decisions to optimize the building, benefitting people, planet and profit.

Backed by powerful software, the LEED Dynamic Plaque utilizes numerous data streams and aspects of building performance data to generate a current LEED performance score which is updated whenever new building data enters the system. The LEED Dynamic Plaque hardware, for display in a building’s lobby or other prominent location, is designed to educate


and engage building occupants, tenants and visitors. The plaque can spur behavior change, and building staff can engage occupants in taking meaningful actions to improve the LEED performance score.

The LEED green building rating system is used in more than 150 countries. The LEED Dynamic Plaque is designed to be a global platform – it benchmarks projects locally and globally. USGBC anticipates and is seeing uptake in the U.S., Canada and around the world. 25 York Street, owned by Menkes Union Tower Inc. is the first project in Canada to utilize the LEED Dynamic Plaque: it utilizes Honeywell technology to power data flow into the plaque. USGBC’s unique collaboration with Honeywell on the LEED Dynamic Plaque enables this type of streamlined automation.


Join the Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter and Menkes Property Management Services Ltd. this summer for a live demonstration of the new LEED Dynamic Plaque and a tour of 25 York Street, sponsored by Menkes Property Management Services Ltd. Stay tuned for more information, please visit www.cagbctoronto.org.

25 York Street courtesy of Steven Neiman Photography [1]. the


LEED Dynamic Plaque courtesy of the USGBC [2].

SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS


1_Pollard_SAB_Ad_R2:1 2015-03-09 9:12 AM Page 1


Pollard, a name you can trust. Pollard Windows has been manufacturing quality windows and doors for over 65 years. Our products meet the latest 2015 ENERGY STAR® requirements and are being used in some of the most energy efficient LEED® homes in North America. Pollard has the products you need for your next new building or property management replacement project. For more info, call:



P O L L A R D W I N D O W S . C O M

Providing energy solutions for sustainable future

Termobuild Canada The Specialists in Building Thermal Mass and Energy Storage using promo code TeS-783, learn if your high performance building will pass the value test.

Energy Management Systems and Monitoring Sustainability and LEED Consulting Building Energy Modeling


Contact us today at 416-736-0630 info@pemi.com


We are proud members of:


2015-03-11 10:35 AM


an Intelligent Approach to a Connected Community Background

Built and operated by telecommunications firm Beanfield Metroconnect in

Waterfront Toronto is the public advocate and steward

partnership with Waterfront Toronto, the state-of-the-art network delivers

responsible for waterfront revitalization. Created in 2001

Internet connections starting at 500 megabits per second symmetrical, mean-

by the City of Toronto, the province of Ontario, and the

ing the speed applies to both downloads and uploads, for residential customers

Government of Canada, Waterfront Toronto was given a

and up to 10 gigabits per second for commercial customers. This is fast enough

mandate to transform 800 hectares of brownfield lands.

to download a music album in as little as one second, an hour long TV show

The project is bringing together sustainable development,

in about 3 seconds, and a high definition full-length movie in less than one

excellence in urban design, and intelligent technology

minute. Beanfield Metroconnect is contractually obligated to keep the network

infrastructure, while delivering important public policy

within the top seven in the world in terms of both price and speed throughout


construction and 10 years following completion of the final building.

Waterfront Broadband Network

This will enable people living on the waterfront to work in information-inten-

In our increasingly digital world, Toronto’s new waterfront

sive industries, such as film and entertainment, and software development.

neighbourhoods will be ready for the web-enabled tech-

These opportunities will promote economic growth and development, foster

nologies and applications of the future. One of the ways

innovation and creativity, and enhance the quality of life for citizens, helping

that Waterfront Toronto is delivering this is by providing

to keep Toronto competitive with major urban centres around the world for

Canada’s first open-access, ultra-high-speed broadband

business, jobs, and talent.

community network. Every residence and business in the new communities will enjoy affordable and unlimited access to Internet speeds exponentially faster than typical North American residential networks. Waterfront Toronto mandates that all buildings connect to the broadband network, making it a required utility.



SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS

Digital Inclusion Waterfront Toronto’s digital inclusion strategy is helping to create an accessible, inclusive, and socially sustainable environment designed for everyone. A cross subsidy model ensures that all residents, including those in affordable housing developments, can access Waterfront Toronto’s Intelligent Communities infrastructure, including the broadband network.


The New Blue Edge Community Portal

Intelligent Community of the Year

Waterfront Toronto has also created a portal in partnership

These innovative Waterfront Toronto Intelligent Community strategies

with IBM Canada and Element Blue, which enhances quality of

were a key factor in the City of Toronto being recognized in 2014 as the

life and builds a sense of community. Entrepreneurs will be able

Intelligent Community of the Year by the Intelligent Community Forum

to offer innovative digital content and services like an online

in New York. Toronto was honoured for employing best practices and

marketplace. The network can facilitate telehealth improve-

strategies that support high-speed broadband Internet access, the devel-

ments such as remote physician-patient interactions, result-

opment of the city’s knowledge workforce, and policies that encourage

ing in reduced hospitalizations and associated cost savings.

digital inclusion.

The network also makes possible developments in intelligent transportation and the delivery of immediate information that contributes to public safety and welfare.

Conclusion An Intelligent Community can be described as those which have “come to understand the enormous challenges of the Broadband Economy, and have

The Innovation Centre

taken conscious steps to create an economy capable of prospering in it. By

To connect waterfront residents and employees with cutting-

boosting the economic and social well-being of communities, broadband

edge technologies, Waterfront Toronto is working with Menkes

can … play a key role in giving communities a sustainable future in our ever-

Developments Limited to create a state-of-the-art Innovation

more-connected world” (Bell et al., Brain Gain, 2014). Waterfront Toronto

Centre in the East Bayfront. This anchor development will be

has embraced this challenge by implementing the technology required to

home to the companies and institutions that are at the forefront

connect people to the networks and data needed to live better.


of building smarter and more innovative technologies, creating a future-ready, competitive, and sustainable Toronto. The Innovation Centre will be part of a larger innovation district underway with institutions like George Brown College and

Sherbourne Commons, courtesy of Waterfront Toronto [1].

Corus Entertainment already located in the precinct.

Innovation Centre Rendering courtesy of Menkes Development Ltd. [2].

SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS



GPRO Canada is now Gold Seal Accredited! Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) Canada is now accredited under the Canadian Construction Association (CCA)’s National Gold Seal Certification Program. Gold Seal aims to manage nationally recognized standards of education, experience and excellence for all construction practitioners in Canada. GPRO Canada courses fall under the Construction and the Environment section of the National Curriculum Standard, Gold Seal’s accredited education and training list. Two credits will be approved upon completion of each GPRO Canada course, consisting of the Fundamentals and specialty module. GPRO is continuing to gain momentum in Canada! Since its introduction in Ontario in January 2014 through the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC-GTC), GPRO has sparked significant interest with individual tradespeople, companies, unions and other organizations. Why? GPRO is the first of its kind. As a comprehensive green building certificate program, GPRO is aimed at contractors and subcontractors, building construction trades, and building operators and managers seeking a simple and cost effective way to diversify their knowledge of new green technologies and techniques. GPRO fills the ‘green gap’; now everyone involved in a construction project will have some foundational knowledge of sustainable building practices. With substantive traction in the U.S. since its introduction in 2010, there are already more than 6,000 participants. There is also corresponding demand amongst companies for staff to hold the certificate because GPRO is the only existing credential eligible to earn LEED credits through the inclusion of building trades professionals on registered LEED projects. In the last few months, there have been many early adopters and partners, including the Toronto Construction Association, PCL, Joint Training and Apprenticeship Committee (JTAC) for UA Local 787, UA Local 46, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). CaGBC-GTC is thankful for all the ongoing support! To learn more about GPRO and to find out about the upcoming courses listed below, visit gprocanada.org. Upcoming Courses - GPRO: Mechanical/HVAC-R, May 12-13, 19 (EXAM), 2015 - GPRO: Construction Management, June 23-24, 29 (EXAM), 2015 To find out more about Gold Seal education, view the list of accredited course providers and their course offerings, or to download the National Curriculum Standard, visit the Gold Seal Certification website.


Contact Us Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter Queen’s Quay Terminal 207 Queen’s Quay West, Suite 615 Toronto, ON M5J 1A7 info@gprocanada.org


SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS

Emerging The Emerging Green Builders (EGBs) are a group of young professionals

Green Builders

and students committed to being leaders of change in the Green Building Industry. The EGB Committee is an official committee of the Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter (CaGBC-GTC) and is led by a group of select EGB Members. EGB Chapter Memberships are discounted to suit the budget of a young professional and offer additional discounts on


CaGBC-GTC education and networking events, in addition to quarterly events created especially for EGBs by EGBs, all of which are listed below: Entering the Green Building Industry – February 2015 On February 9, 2015, guests heard from Charles Marshall – a Sustainability Consultant from DIALOG, and Jonathan Waltr – a key member of EllisDon’s Sustainable Building Services Department. With a combined experience of over ten years, Jonathan and Charles spoke about their lessons learned within the industry and gave advice on how to best get involved and kick-start a career in green building. At the end, the two joined efforts to address questions from the crowd, covering everything from their personal experiences, to


their insight on the future of the Green Building Industry. Speed Mentoring Event – May 2015 This popular event is back for a second year! Industry up-and-comers will have the opportunity to meet and interact with some of Toronto’s biggest movers and shakers in the Green Building Industry. Participants will be placed into small groups and have the opportunity to sit down with each leader to hear their stories and share advice for career development, speed dating style! Last year, mentors represented the following green building categories: construction, architecture, facility management, engineering, consulting and the non-profit sector. A drink and hors d’oeuvres will be included. Mentors will be announced


shortly. Green Building Bike Tour – June 2015 The annual Green Building Bike Tour is the EGB’s biggest summer attraction and has gained significant popularity over the last few years. The tour focuses on buildings within the Greater Toronto Area with exceptional sustainable features, providing attendees with the opportunity to learn and be inspired. Cyclists will visit 2-4 buildings and listen to representatives from each project team as they lead each tour. After a day of exploring the city, the tour will end at a public green space, perfect for sharing a drink / snacks with participants


and enjoying spectacular views of Toronto’s landmarks. enviroSCULPT Competition – October 2015 The EGB Committee of the Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter have already started preparations to host the annual enviroSCULPT competition. A fun and exciting contest for students and young professionals, enviroSCULPT aims to promote awareness of the importance of diverting materials from the waste stream and is designed to encourage the creative exploration of turning re-purposed materials into beautiful works of art. All finalists receive free admission to the CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala and Awards!

Join us! If you are a new professional within 5 years of graduation, a student, or 30 years of age or younger you

Entering the Green Building Industry [1]. Speed Mentoring Event [2]. Green Building Bike Tour [3]. enviroSCULPT Competition [4].

are eligible for membership as an EGB. For more information on any of these events, or to become a member, please visit the website http://www.cagbctoronto.org/membership/egb

SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS




Residence From industrial site to residential living, condo uses exterior corridors to save energy

2 3 4

This six-storey, 5,040 m2, residential condominium building at 25 Ritchie in Toronto is located on what had been an industrial site for more than 100 years. Consequently, the land required exstensive remediation prior to redevelopment. The adjacent properties in the small triangular-shaped city block are a mix of single-family residential and industrial uses.

4 1

6 7 2

by David Anand Peterson

5 8

Building section 1 2 3 4

The courtyard [1]. An exterior corridor faced with perforated steel cladding [2]. The upper level opens to a vegetated roof [3].


Residential suite Pond with cistern below Planted roof terrace Suite balcony

5 6 7 8

Suite patio Exterior corridor Common area garden Parking

The configuration of the building addresses this disparate context, with the southwest-oriented courtyard facing the residential back yards. The courtyard is characterized by trees and planting which shade the building and reduce solar heat gain. Century-old oak trees in the neighbouring residential properties perform the same function. Within the courtyard, the removal of contaminated soil and its replacement with a nutrient-rich variety, together with the planting of native honey locus trees, returns the land to its pre-industrial condition. To contend with the site’s industrial edge, the building employs single-loaded corridors, which wrap the outside of the C-shaped form. These corridors are the buffer between the residential units and their noisy industrial neighbours. Metal cladding, recalling the site’s industrial past, is carved and perforated, opening the corridors in varying degrees to the exterior. With our inclement weather, exterior corridors may seem like an unusual design choice at first. However, the residents at 25 Ritchie are representative of a new urban population who choose to walk, bike or take transit in all seasons. As such, they dress for the weather before leaving their suite, and the exterior corridors provide a transitional micro climate between indoor and outdoor conditions.

Steel framing has high recycled content and was an economical choice for this project

A 24

SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS


two-storey suite at the top of the building


The snow and ice common to Canadian winters are managed by heating cables embedded in the concrete floor and activated by sensors as required. Compared to conventional interior corridors, the external corridors use very little energy as no space heating or cooling is required. Being naturally lit for much of the time, they also reduce the energy required for artificial lighting. In addition to reducing energy demand, the exterior corridors also reinforce the connection between the residents and the neighbourhood they live in. The design goal, both for this project and for our architectural practice, is to express the sustainable design choices we make in a poetic and engaging way. An example of this approach is the design of the two underground rainwater storage cisterns. All roof drains and catch basins direct their water to the cisterns which are sized to contain a five-year storm event. In essence, every drop of rain is stored. This stored water helps to reduce the stress on an over-taxed combined sewer. Ordinarily, such a system would be hidden from view. Here, water from the cistern is circulated through sand filters, then used to irrigate the landscape and feed two large ponds in the courtyard. The appearance of the ponds reflects the changing weather. The day after a heavy rain the water in the ponds will be cloudy, as a result of the particulates found in an urban rainfall. After 24 hours of sand filtration, the water will be clear again. While this subtlety may be missed by a visitor or a new resident, it will become embedded in the day-today experience of those who choose to dwell here.


Social sustainability The extent to which our architectural design decisions influence the vitality and continuity of neighbourhoods is a little studied question. We have few measures of the relationship between architectural design and social sustainability. The design of the Ritchie courtyard residence proposes a model for social sustainability which begins by appealing

3 4

to a diverse demographic mix, including young singles and couples, families and the elderly. There are 56 units in the building comprising 19 different types. The units range from a 53 m2 studio, up to a 180 m2 three bedroom apartment with a 180 m2 terrace. Thirty percent of the units have two bedrooms or more. Toronto’s newly constructed glass towers may claim similar numbers but few are attracting families or the elderly. By contrast, the purchasers at 25 Ritchie include many families. With all the units overlooking the courtyard, a culture of co-parenting has developed. As they arrive home from school, children play together among the plants, trees and cascading water, while parents and other residents socialize nearby. The courtyard is a building amenity which is used by all ages. As designers, we should all begin to think more broadly about how buildings impact the way we live and how our communities function. Rather than classifying buildings by age or style, we should classify them by social typology. Indeed, our aim should be to make social sustainability the fundamental criterion by which we judge our buildings. ď ´ David Anand Peterson, B.Arch, Dip.Arch.Tech., OAA Principal of David Peterson Architect Inc. and Adjunct Professor of Architectural Technology, Sheridan College.

SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS



Healthy Communities,

Healthy Buildings

How The City of Ottawa leads the municipal energy-efficient development community with the new Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata Every Canadian municipality knows their primary mandate: enrich your citizens’ lives by providing the best possible services that enable them to live, work, play, and love the communities they call home. But, they need to fulfil that mandate while overcoming challenges like balancing budgets, minimizing costs, and being accountable to their many stakeholders. Since municipalities manage extensive building portfolios, how these challenges are overcome in the name of improving services often involves a close examination of how facilities can be part of the solution. When the City of Ottawa wanted to add to its portfolio of facilities with an ambitious new healthy living and recreational facility in Kanata, they enlisted the expertise of Salter Pilon Architecture, MCW Consultants Ltd., Nekison Engineering & Contractors and Bondfield Construction to work with them and build a facility that exemplified sustainable development practices and long-term energy efficient performance and management. The result? Kanata’s new Richcraft Recreation Complex. 26

SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS



The lobby of the Richcraft Recreation Complex showcases how the facility harmonizes energy-efficient Mechanical and Electrical systems with an open-concept space and natural material finishes. Photo Credit: William P. McElligott Photography Ltd. [1]. The pool area houses one of the most impressive mechanical features of the complex: the heat recovery system that draws rejected heat from the dehumidifier that regulates humidity in the pool area. Photo Credit: William P. McElligott Photography Ltd. [2]. Photo credit: Salter Pilon Architecture [3]. Opened in December 2013, the Richcraft Recreation Complex stands as

how Green Energy Act reporting requirements can be met with

a model for municipalities to follow as they address energy consumption

extensive detail and data. Using Building Information Modelling

reduction and the long-term cost management of new facilities at a time

and Energy Modelling, MCW’s team was able to create a design-

when innovative building technologies and systems are becoming more

stage simulation of the facility’s energy consumption based on

accessible and financially viable.

its systems, rates for utilities in Ottawa, and other variables

So, what types of leading-edge building systems and technology did MCW design and incorporate in to the Richcraft Recreation Complex? Take a look at some of these examples in the diagram above. Not only does the Richcraft Recreation Complex aim for LEED Gold Certification for its unique, sustainable architectural, mechanical and electrical design accomplishments, but it also aims for the Measurement & Verification credit within the LEED rating system.

such as occupancy, weather and maintenance. From there, an energy usage baseline for the facility was made using ASHRAE standards. It is the degree to which the design model exceeds the energy performance of the baseline model that determines the number of Optimized Energy Performance credits the facility achieves in its LEED certification. The LEED M&V credit is based on using the building’s advanced metering systems to compare the real

M&V is an invaluable pursuit for Ontario municipalities like Ottawa who

world energy usage of the facility to the design-stage energy

must develop comprehensive 5-year energy demand management plans

model using one year of building operation data. The building

and then publish annual reports demonstrating that targets are being met.

has just turned one year old, so this process is underway now.

These energy reporting policies were implemented via the Ontario Green Energy Act in 2011. Many public sector entities - including municipalities – are approaching the end of their 5-year demand management plans’ first 5-year term, placing the success of their citizens and their policy makers to meet their own targets at centre stage for the sustainable development community to examine.

In other words, Ottawa and other Ontario municipalities can partner with turn-key service providers like MCW and develop projects like the Richcraft Recreation Complex that comply with Green Energy Act reporting requirements, offer unparalleled input in to data-driven facility operation best practices, and set the standard for environmentally-friendly municipal design/

Ottawa’s goal to track and reduce the Richcraft Recreation Complex’s

build projects. But, perhaps most importantly, they will posi-

energy consumption and earn the LEED M&V credit is being facilitated by

tion themselves as leaders by creating healthy, enriching, and

an MCW Energy Analysis team and can be seen as a microcosm solution for

environmentally-friendly communities.


SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS


Figure 4

Figure 1

Living Laboratories at BRE Innovation Park An initiative of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), the BRE Innovation Park at The Living City Campus at Kortright will serve as a model for the next generation of sustainable homes and communities. The Park builds on the existing Archetype Sustainable House (ASH) model (Figure 1), which was designed and constructed as a ‘living laboratory’ for testing and research of sustainable building technologies. The ASH has over 500 calibrated sensors monitoring the performance of the building’s systems, incoming and outgoing energy fluxes, and internal environment conditions. A data acquisition system processes data received

Figure 3

from the sensors and provides real-time monitoring and data processing (Figure 3). Plug-and-play capabilities enable the

The Park will facilitate market transformation for sustainable building prac-

removal and installation of new systems and technologies for

tices and technologies by showcasing sustainable technologies, materials and

testing and evaluation. In addition to the ASH, seven new ‘liv-

practices (Figure 4). Through education, training, and partnership programs,

ing laboratories’ will be designed and constructed to form the

the Park will promote a holistic approach to home and community building,

BRE Innovation Park at The Living City Campus.

influencing their design, construction, and inhabitation to minimize ecological

These living laboratories will promote symbiotic relation-

footprints and improve quality of life. The Park will promote effective collabo-

ships between industry, academia, public and government.

ration between academia and industry and act as a hub of sustainable building

The Park will provide a research facility for industry to test

knowledge for both the public and government.

and tailor their products to sustainability initiatives and envi-

For more information on how to get involved with the project, please visit

ronmental standards, and foster academic partnerships and

the website – www.thelivingcitycampus.com/bre-innovation-park or contact

ongoing research projects.

Glenn MacMillan. Glenn MacMillan | P: 289-268-3901 | E: gmacmillan@trca.on.ca

Figure 1 - An initiative of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)’s Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP), the Archetype Sustainable House (ASH) was designed and constructed as a living laboratory for the testing and research of sustainable building technologies. Figure 2 – The Archetype Sustainable House promotes symbiotic relationships between academia, industry, public, and government.

Figure 3 - The ASH’s data receiving locations allows technicians to measure electrical power consumption and power quality of loads and generators connected to the

ASH’s electrical system.

Figure 4 - Workshops and tours for industry, academic and government Figure 2


SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS

partners, as well as the public, facilitate engagement and collaboration.

Toronto Resource of Green Building Professionals McCallum Sather Architects Inc.

Our MissiOn

GREAT DESIGN GREEN DESIGN 416-504-0405 www.tabc.ca

EnviroCentre is the go-to source of practical services and programs that help individuals, families, and organizations conserve energy, improve environmental health and act more sustainably.

Toronto 416 862-8800


Our VisiOn Dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are achieved through inspired environmental action and positive change.

Lunchbox Consulting Inc.

Ottawa - 613 667 3043 www.lunchboxconsulting.ca


1/9 enviro centre.indd 1

2015-03-09 4:12 PM



The Awards Presentation Event CaGBC National Conference, 4 pm, June 2, 2015, Vancouver


THANKS TO OUR AWARDS SPONSORS SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS focus 1/2 awards.indd 1


2015-03-16 3:01 PM

SC3 Smith Carter Architects & Engineers Head Office, LEED Platinum

CaGBC 2015 GREEN BUILDING PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD Products manufactured or designed in Canada by CaGBC member companies are eligible for this new national award. We are looking for green building products that: » embrace innovation; » contribute to green building projects; and » benefit the environment, human health or well-being. The winner and finalists will be revealed at Building Lasting Change on June 3, 2015 in Vancouver.




SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS

VALUE THROUGH INNOVATION TORONTO COMMUNITY HOUSING’S WEST DON LANDS DEVELOPMENT incorporates thermally-efficient Inline Fiberglass Windows which save energy and push toward a lower carbon footprint one step at a time. Project in progress: TCHC West Don Lands | Location: 589, King Street E., Toronto. Architect: CORE Architect. Project Managment: BLUESCAPE

LEED PLANTINUM PROJECT: A SPECTACULAR PROJECT REVITALIZING A FORMER INDUSTRIAL SITE INTO A SHOWCASE OF URBAN ENVIRONMENTALISM. As a Canadian manufacturer of High Efficiency Windows and Doors for building envelopes, INLINE is a proud supplier of R-8 triple-glazed fiberglass windows for the Brickworks project. Evergreen Foundation Brickworks. Construction Design: Targetting LEED Platinum. Diamond + Schmitt Architects/ Du Toit Architects Limited/ Eastern Construction.

www.inlinefiberglass.com 1.866.566.5656 MEMBER/MEMBRE

SPRING 2015 | Toronto FOCUS





Grants of up to $100,000 are available to support the installation of green and cool roofs in Toronto.

nto o r o T in fs o o R l o and Co n e e r G r fo s t n a r G • Institutional Residential



Green Roof Grants $75 / m2 to a maximum of $100,000 Grants are available for green roofs on existing buildings; new buildings with a gross floor area of less than 2,000 m2; and all Toronto School Board buildings.

Cool Roof Grants $2 - $5 / m2 to a maximum of $50,000 Grants are available for cool roofs on all existing buildings.

Apply Today! To date, the City’s Eco-Roof Incentive Program has helped fund the installation of more than 100 eco-roofs. Applications must be submitted before the roof is installed. Learn more and apply online at


Profile for SAB Magazine

Toronto Focus #9 Spring 2015  

Toronto Focus #9 Spring 2015