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TORONTO Canada Green Building Council


ISSUE 8, fall 2014, Greater Toronto Chapter, CaGBC Regional Publication / SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE & BUILDING MAGAZINE

RBC WaterPark Smart Place and Sustainable Humber River Hospital project Collaboration Key to 95% Construction Waste Diversion

Municipal Green Building Initiatives and Policies in Southern Ontario Regionalizing Green Standards

Student Engagement Programs Opportunities Emerge for Healthier Learning Environments

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Message from the Greater Toronto Chapter of the CaGBC

Welcome to Toronto FOCUS

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

With LEED certifications now totalling 1834 in Canada, it is

At the Chapter level we continually strive to highlight the best

clear that green building practices are on the rise. As can be

of green building practices and to celebrate successes through

seen from some of the articles in this edition, driving awareness

our Thank You Campaign and through our Awards program

and engaging people at multiple levels is key to the successful

which showcases the best of LEED certified projects in Southern

implementation and ongoing success of green building and

Ontario. For the first time this year our Awards Panel has added



a new Innovation in Sustainability Award to showcase green

created by RBC WaterPark Place, allows tenants to adjust their

projects that are exceptionally innovative, but not necessarily

individual workspaces (lighting, HVAC, etc.) to their own levels of

LEED certified. This broadly based award allows us to recognize,

comfort and increase productivity. Student engagement programs

not just building projects, but also municipalities who have

like the “Green Gryphon Initiative” at the University of Guelph;

introduced innovative green building/sustainability policies. Join

the elementary school awareness program “Lights Off, Green

us, and our keynote speaker, Gord Hicks, President of Brookfield

On’’ in Halifax; and the Canada’s Greenest School competition

Johnson Controls, at our annual CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter

are all examples of importance and success of multiple level

Gala on October 16th where we will announce the award winners.




engagement. And finally, there is the Green Professional Building Skills Training program (GPRO) which engages a previously untargeted group of skilled trades people, not yet a part of the green building community. As you read on, we hope that you will see why engaging and educating occupants, students and the trades in a way that produces future green building leaders is such an exciting prospect for CaGBC at both the national and local level.

Until then, check out our website at www.cagbctoronto.org to see our numerous and unique educational workshops and networking events. 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. Please continue to share with us your projects, lessons, and successes as we strive to showcase

Just as we look to our future generations to help us further our vision for a transformed built environment leading to a sustainable future, we also look to our neighbours around the GTA and beyond who are setting new policies and standards designed to bring green building into the forefront which simplify and streamline the process for developers, making it easier for them to embrace green building across several municipalities in Ontario.

the many inspiring stories of the green building sector. These publications and your support of the Chapter greatly contribute to the strengthening, promotion and success of our green building community. We hope you enjoy this supplement and we look forward to seeing you soon!

- The Greater Toronto Chapter Team.

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

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7 Place 10 RBCSmartWaterPark and Sustainable Green Professional 13 GPRO: Building Skills Training 15 BREParkInnovation Update Key to 95% 16 Collaboration Construction Waste Diversion Professional Development & Events


C4: Makeover Brings 19 House Modern Look and Function Emerge for Healthier 22 Opportunities Learning Environments Green Building Council Announces 24 Canada Dunbarton High School as the 2014 Greenest School in Canada

Green Building Initiatives 26 Municipal and Policies in Southern Ontario:


Regionalizing Green Standards Savings by Design: Advancing Green Housing and Building Innovation

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Cover photo: RBC WaterPark Place


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

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Straw Bale Children’s Teaching Kitchen, High Park, Toronto. Architect: Petroff Partnership Architects. Contractor: Joe Pace & Sons Contracting Inc. Photo: Adamski Tom Photography

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Professional Development & Events 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 Breakfast Series, Session III – Measurement & Verification of Energy Savings September 30 – Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto How can you better tell your story and get the most out of your energy projects – and your building – by measuring and verifying the savings? Come to Session III of the LEED Breakfast Series to learn how Simcoe Place, already LEED EB:O&M Gold Certified, identified and implemented several data-driven measures over the last three years to become one of the most energy-efficient buildings in North America, and how measurement and verification played a role.

Understanding the LEED v4 Building Operations & Maintenance Rating Systems October 8 – Ernst & Young Tower, Toronto This workshop introduces the intent, key elements, main requirements and unique aspects of the Green Building Operations and Maintenance LEED rating systems. Workshop participants will gain a solid understanding of the core concepts and strategies behind a successful green construction project. This workshop is not a technical review of every credit. All credits will be addressed but the intent is to teach the concepts and goals of these rating systems through understanding of the prerequisites, key credits, and synergies among the categories.

Understanding the LEED v4 BD+C Rating Systems October 10 – Ernst & Young Tower, Toronto This full-day, interactive workshop introduces the intent, key elements, main requirements and unique aspects of the Green Building Design and Construction (BD+C) LEED v4 rating systems. Workshop participants will gain a solid understanding of the core concepts and strategies behind a successful green construction project. This workshop is not a technical review of every credit. All credits will be addressed but the intent is to teach the concepts and goals of these rating systems through understanding of the prerequisites, key credits, and synergies among the categories.

LEED Green Associate Study Course October 14 & 15 – Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto This two-day course provides the foundational knowledge for the LEED Green Associate exam. The LEED Green Associate Exam is an introductory-level examination for individuals who wish to demonstrate a general knowledge of LEED and green building practices, or continue on to more advanced LEED credentials, such as LEED AP with specialty. This course walks you through a study plan, providing opportunities to gain and test new knowledge through lectures, group activities and discussions, and practice test questions. A tour of Evergreen Brick Works will also be given as a bonus!

CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala and Awards Program October 16 – Arcadian Court, Toronto A night to remember, with over 250 industry leaders and supporters, the CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala is the largest networking event of the year! Join us for a formal dinner, keynote presentation by Gordon Hicks, President at Brookfield Johnson Controls, and the announcement of our 2014 Innovation in LEED award winners.

Looking for the best way to gain CE hours and green building know-how? Choose GTC-CaGBC 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.

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Professional Development & Events EcoDistricts: Accelerating District-Scale Sustainability

LEED Breakfast Series, Session IV

November 16 – Ernst & Young Tower, Toronto Join us for a full day training session, led by Rob Bennett, CEO of EcoDistricts, as we learn organizational models for engagement and governance; funding mechanisms that support ecodistricts; public policies that have been crafted to advance ecodistricts within a community and methods for assessing performance and goals and prioritizing project implementation.

November 27 – Location TBD The adoption of LEED by Toronto’s downtown Class A office market has been both rapid and impressive. Now we’re over 5 years in and we can ask a different set of questions. What is the experience of tenants? Which tenants are putting a priority on being in LEED certified spaces? What do they value most about being in a LEED EB:O+M certified building? What is the uptake of LEED Commercial Interiors among larger tenants? Are any tenants reporting on LEED space in their CSR reports? Join us on November 27, for a lively discussion at the 4th and final LEED Breakfast Session of the year, as we explore some of these questions with leading GTA office tenants.

Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI) 5 Day Intensive Training Course November 17-21 – Location TBD This course is a challenging and intensive full week of instruction, and is aimed at qualified and motivated Canadian building professionals who have a passion to learn the art of Passive House design, the world’s leading standard in low-energy, sustainable construction. CanPHI works in collaboration with the Passivhaus Institut in Germany, the world authority on this type of construction, and with the international Passive House community. The CanPHI training material, thus, will be geared to practical applications within Canadian building traditions, to play an active role in dramatically improving the energy performance of buildings whilst respecting regional, residential building codes.


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Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) Construction Management (CM) December 2 (all day) & 3 (morning only) – Construct Canada, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Toronto This course explains the essential role CMs play on a sustainable construction project. In this 12 hour course, real-life examples highlight the critical tools necessary to transition from conventional to sustainable construc-

tion practices. GPRO CM fills in the “green gap” for individuals with construction experience such as: CM or GC site superintendents, project managers, sustainability managers, trade forepersons, building owners and facilities managers, project architects and engineers as well as commissioning agents.

What Now, TO? December 4 – Construct Canada, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Toronto This member exclusive event will provide a progress report to attendees on the Building Benchmarking advocacy topic that was voted upon last year and will also discuss future advocacy initiatives.

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

September 30

LEED Breakfast Series, Session III – Measurement & Verification of Energy Savings


October 8

Understanding the LEED v4 Building Operations & Maintenance Rating Systems


October 10

Understanding the LEED v4 BD+C Rating Systems

+ EVENTS Education Event Networking Event Construct Canada Event

October 14 & 15 LEED Green Associate Study Course October 16

CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala and Awards Program

November 16

EcoDistricts: Accelerating District-Scale Sustainability

November 17-21

Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI) 5 Day Intensive Training Course

November 27

LEED Breakfast Series, Session IV

December 2&3

Construct Canada: Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) Construction Management (CM)

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RBC WaterPark Place 1

Smart and Sustainable Toronto’s waterfront is a booming area for construction and

to significant savings on initial install cost when compared with the

development. Waterfront Toronto’s rejuvenation of Queen’s Quay

traditional installation method of various networks for traditional build-

is progressing and you cannot walk more than a dozen paces

ing systems. Tenants will be able to avail themselves of connection to

without seeing a new condo or office tower under development.

base building systems, including individual control of lighting, and HVAC

There is good reason for this – this is a prime location, with easy

(within predetermined setpoints) depending on how a tenant chooses

access to Union Station for Go Train and TTC access, links to the

to fit out their space, adding up to a more engaging and convenient

Martin Goodman waterfront trail and a short walk to a water taxi

experience for tenants.

or ferry to Toronto’s Centre Island.

These integrated controls will allow for improved remote trouble-

Right in the middle of this action is the new LEED Core and Shell

shooting and continuous commissioning, maintaining performance at

Platinum targeted RBC WaterPark Place. Located next to sister

intended levels while allowing for future flexibility and simplified inte-

towers at 10 and 20 Bay Street along Queens Quay, this thirty story

gration of new technologies as they become available over the life of

91,000 m2 Oxford Properties’ office tower designed by WZMH

the building.

architects features many sustainable and technology features that will exceed the expectations of its tenants.

Such system connectivity is complemented by efficient base building systems, including a connection to Enwave’s deep lake water cooling

A common theme running through the design and benefits of

system, 93% efficient condensing gas boilers and variable speed fans,

RBC WaterPark Place is tenant productivity. A dedicated fresh air

pumps and drives throughout. The result is a 37% energy savings com-

system delivers 30% more fresh air than required by code; ensuring

pared to the reference design and absolute energy performance of less

high productivity levels for occupants, while heat recovery ensures

than 20 ekWh/ft2.

this can be supplied in an energy efficient manner (imagine no

The commuter heading to RBC is provided with many sustainable

drowsiness in crowded board rooms, and healthier office space

options, including; nearby access to bike paths (along with 26 showers,

leading to less sick days). Careful material selection throughout the

175 secure bike lockers and a further 175 spaces at grade level), elec-

building also ensures indoor air quality levels stay healthy, and can

tric vehicle charging, below grade parking and a 600m walk to Union

contribute to tenant’s LEED for Commercial Interiors certifications.

Station for train and subway access. Pedestrians also have the option

Uniquely, the building features a single base building network,

to walk through the PATH (Toronto’s - mostly subterranean – down-

which consists of an enterprise grade fibre optic common “back-

town pedestrian walkway) elevated walkway to stay out of the weather

bone” to which many base building systems are connected and

when need be. This elevated walkway runs underneath the Gardiner

integrated to allow communication between systems. This saves

Expressway, providing the first PATH link to the waterfront. This link is

tonnes of conduit, copper wire, and other hardware, adding up

expected to be complete in October 2014.


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Additional features:

• A striated vegetated green roof has been recently installed, providing the surrounding towers with a nice view of the podium and two other roof surfaces totaling greater than 60% of the flat roof


surface. • A combination of daylighting, light harvesting and motion sensors enable lights when natural light levels are low and spaces are occupied, with lighting power density of 8.5 W/m2. • Water efficiency is addressed with pint-perflush urinals and efficient toilets reducing water use by 36% from standard • The building shell is designed for durability and less impact on birds (complying with the City’s bird friendly guidelines) without sacrificing views, providing a visible connection to the core of the city and waterfront


The building is set to provide a tenant with an engaging experience that addresses expected sustainability and productivity goals of the tenants occupying this unique space.

Andy Schonberger

Oxford Properties: RBC WaterPark Place. View of the elevated PATH bridge connected to Union Station (under Gardiner) [1]. Oxford Properties: RBC WaterPark Place. View of the elevated PATH bridge connected to Union Station (inside view) [2]. Oxford Properties: RBC WaterPark Place. Rendering from Queen’s Quay [3]. Oxford Properties: RBC WaterPark Place. View of the lobby [4].

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GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training is a series of peer-to-peer courses and certificate exams that closes the gap between conventional and sustainable construction practices and teaches the principles of sustainability through the lens of trade-specific knowledge.” Why is GPRO important to the trades? The green building industry is growing at a faster rate than the construction industry as a whole and is demanding transparency on all projects, making necessary the sustainable skills required to build, renovate and maintain the future building stock. Many large scale projects are moving towards sustainable practices in Canada and abroad. Installers must be aware of these practices and, in addition, supervisory staff must also be aware of management and coordination issues that come with building environmentally friendly project sites and high performing buildings.

Public-private partnerships (P3) projects are demanding very high levels of building performance. Sustainable skills, such as advanced and re-commissioning requirements ensure the building performs to its design and continues to that standard over the life span of the facility. GPRO certified workers will be firmly positioned ahead of the other trade sectors involved in new construction, renovations, service, operation and maintenance. Newly certified instructors are now ready to teach GPRO Fundamentals, Construction Management, Operations & Maintenance Essentials, Electrical Systems, and Mechanical & HVACR modules to building trades all over Ontario and are joining the nearly 5000 certificate holders in the United States. Get in touch with the CaGBC-GTC to take GPRO and join the mission to make “every building greener!” Contact Dana Sperling - Education Manager, Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council 207 Queen’s Quay West, Suite 615 Toronto, ON M5J 1A7 www.gprocanada.org info@gprocanada.org

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Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s [TRCA] BRE Innovation Park at The Living City Campus will be Canada’s leading opportunity to showcase innovation in sustainable construction. TRCA and BRE have made tremendous progress on the Innovation Park. A diverse group of Build Partners have been secured for all seven demonstration buildings, a small scale commercial building and six residential buildings. The first Innovation Park project, a refurbishment of a 1950’s bungalow on the Kortright property, will commence this fall. The infrastructure design will be finalized and approvals applied for this year. Infrastructure construction is anticipated to start next spring.

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Collaboration to 95% construction key waste diversion In order to grow our built environment sustainably, attention needs to be placed not only on making our buildings run more efficiently, but also on what is being done during the construction process – particularly when it comes to the waste that a construction site generates. The Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council met up with Bruce Sonnenberg, District Manager at PCL Constructors Canada Inc’s Toronto District to learn about how their sustainable construction practices drive them to achieve over 95% of waste diversion from landfills on their construction sites, as evidenced by work on the Humber River Hospital project.

Aerial view of Humber River Hospital by Kalloon Photography.


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Although LEED has set the bar for waste diversion at 50 and 75%, how is the industry performing against these targets on average?

Prior to bringing our waste management partner on board we were committed to understanding where they would take the project’s waste, as well as the capacity and location of their facilities.

Industry is performing well on average with projects meeting

Utilizing the hospital’s loading docks as an efficient layout area

diversion rates of approximately 80%. We’ve seen some projects

to separate waste streams, separate bins are used to sort concrete,

with diversion rates over 95%, which is a goal we continually

metal, wood, drywall, insulation, and paper and cardboard products.

strive for.

A bin full of one pre-sorted material is then brought directly to the final recycling station, rather than traveling to a transfer station for a secondary sort, which is far less cost effective and results in lower

What does PCL do differently that allows you to go above and beyond these industry standards?

diversion rates. Thanks to this dedicated strategy we have been successful in

Our team utilizes best practices from across our company

maintaining an average of 95% diversion to date. With our sights

and industry. PCL expands its view beyond waste specifically,

set on substantial completion in May, 2015, we are well on our way

to encompass a more holistic approach to sustainability. This

to achieving our LEED credits, while helping our client reach their

approach is not just responsible business; it helps build brand and

vision of a building that maximizes technology, lean design and

reputation while providing solutions for our clients.

environmental planning.

Specifically, what was PCL’s approach to diverting waste on the Humber River Hospital project?

What will it take to raise the industry standard to a perfect 100% waste diversion rate?

With a built size of 1.8 million square feet, between five and

achieving it will require 100% collaboration from and across

seven bins of waste materials are hauled from the Humber River

every supply chain. By collaborating with others through the

Hospital project site every day.

Construction Resource Initiatives Council we are working towards

While industry is steadily approaching a 100% diversion rate,

We committed to educating our sub trades and making waste

a shared vision.

diversion fit into their daily routine. The easier you make the process to follow, the more chance you have that workers will comply with your waste strategy. Reinforcement and observation is critical; if you don’t show you care no one else will.



Pre-sorted bins located at the hospital’s loading docks make separating waste streams a simple task. Photo by: PCL Constructors Canada Inc. [1 and 2].

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Big Makeover Brings Modern Look and Function The house is a three-storey flat roof structure with a two-storey addition in the rear. Flat roofs were chosen not only for the modern appearance but for rain water collection and green roof application. The house, with its modern appearance, is appropriately positioned on the site. Set back slightly from its neighbours, the house takes on a more humbled position in the row of houses. BY MARK THOLEN The house is filled with natural light in every space and meets the client’s desire of acquiring spacious living areas to house a young family with three small children on a standard 20x120 foot narrow and deep lot in an established downtown Toronto neighbourhood. To distribute maximum natural light provided by the skylight above the light-filled central stairwell, the stair guards are glass, and the walls on the second and third floors have either glazed partitions or glazed clerestory openings facing the stairwell. The open-concept ground floor layout, with large floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls spanning the width of the house at both ends, provided a series of light-filled, spacious and fluid-living dining and cooking spaces. Great care was also given to have a lower level that is light flooded and does not feel like a basement.

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Equitone Fibre Cement cladding and Parklex Wood Veneer panels installed as a reverse ventilated rainscreen give a modern look to the house [1].

Walkway Concrete porch

Existing 3-storey detached house, proposed 3-storey extension

Site plan

Two car garage with green roof

Geothermal bore holes


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Environmental section 1 2 3

Passive solar External sun shades Geothermal Heating/Cooling

4 5 6

In-floor hydronic heating Rain water recycling Grey water recycling

7 Water heater recovery 8 Air heat recovery 9 Green roof

The hot water drain from the showers passes through a copper heat exchanger [power pipe] which preheats the city water that refills the hot water tank [2]. A rainwater and grey water system allows an estimated saving of up to 100,000 litres of water per year with the diversion of non-potable water and rainwater. wthe house was planned to be as environmentally conscious as possible which included geothermal heating and cooling, combined with an in-floor radiant system in the concrete floors [3].



From the beginning the house was planned to be as environmentally conscious as possible which included geothermal heating and cooling, combined with an in-floor radiant system in the concrete floors. The floors are acting as Passive Solar heat sinks

Third floor plan

in the winter sun. Motorized external shades assist with the air conditioning load reduction in the summer. Consideration of internal natural convection ventilation in the summer is seen in the open concept design that is vertically continued with the central stairwell. Unobstructed air flow from the operable basement walkout windows rises up vertically through

Second floor plan

the centre of the house and vents out the clerestory windows in the Master suite walk-in closet on the third floor. When the windows are closed, a heat recovery unit brings fresh air intake into the system. A rainwater and grey water system allows an estimated saving of up to 100,000 litres of water per year with

Ground floor plan

the diversion of non-potable water and rainwater. The system consists of a large concrete tank buried in the yard to store all the rainwater during the rain season. During the winter the system is supplemented and fed by the shower water.

Lower level floor plan 20

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Designated line from two main showers

Actuator chlorination

60” power pipe Toilet water supply

Internal air gap for all supplies


Supply pump

City water top off [emergency only] Brac filter

Grey water shower RGW 350


Overflow 1,200 gallons concrete tank primary supply of RGW 350 for toilet flushing


Floor drain Primed with primed tap tap

Valve for rainwater priority [actuated when concrete tank is empty]


Rain water system [Schematic for supply of non potable water to designated toilet lines]


The hot water drained from the showers is hooked up to a heat exchanger, preheating the city water that refills the hot water tank. The house is designed to achieve a LEED Gold rating based on the measures already noted, an urban location that gives a 98 Walkscore, a prototype and benchmark for urban residential water management, and custom LED lighting.


Mark Tholen is a principal at TYYZ Architects. The third floor master bedroom opens on to a roof deck [4]. Equitone Fibre Cement cladding provides a low maintenance, modern look [5]. View from the kitchen to the dining room. LED lighting is used throughout [6]. The central stairwell is a ventilation chimney in which air flow from the operable basement walkout windows rises through the centre of the house and vents out through the Master suite on the third floor [7]. Geothermal heating and cooling combines with an in-floor radiant system in the concrete floors. The floors act as passive solar heat sinks in the winter sun [8].



MATERIALS - Concrete block and wood-frame construction - Equitone Fibre Cement cladding and Parklex Wood Veneer Phenolic panels [for soffits] supplied by Engineered Assemblies, and installed as a rear ventilated rainscreen - AirOutshield™ air barrier supplied by SRP Canada Inc. - ROXUL SAFE‘n’SOUND® stone wool insulation, and spray foam insulation, R20 wall and R40 roof insulation - Hydronic in-floor heating combined with closed loop geothermal system and a six ton water-to-water heat pump, single heat recovery ventilator [HRV] - Motorized exterior sun shading


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Opportunities Emerge for Healthier Learning Environments Students

‘Lights Off! Green On!’ class Duc D’Anville Elementary School in Halifax. Photo by HRSB. from the winning

competition at

We can’t see through walls, but we can learn what’s behind them. They house the equipment and technology needed to continue to provide us with energy efficient buildings which in turn give us healthy work and living environments. It’s therefore imperative that companies and organizations communicate to their staff and tenants the benefits of green buildings, especially during retrofits and upgrades which may cause changes to work spaces.

Aware of this necessity, MCW Custom Energy Solutions Ltd. has implemented comprehensive energy awareness and engagement programs for some of its clients - including regional






universities, hospitals, schools and municipalities. A prime and recent example of this has been the energy awareness and engagement program at the University of Guelph. Guelph experienced significant growth in the 1970s and has been challenged with rising energy costs, a reduced operating budget and increasing deferred maintenance responsibilities. The university currently spends about $20 million on electricity, gas and water annually which adds up to about $1,200 per student per year, says Don O’Leary, the university’s Vice-President of Finance and Administration. MCW was retained in 2012 to provide a turnkey service to identify high priority retrofit strategies that will yield a high rate of return within the campus. The engineering and energy management company entered into a long term contract with the university to design, implement and monitor a slate of comprehensive retrofit measures including campus wide lighting retrofits and LED lighting redesign, building automation system expansion and standardization, central utilities plant upgrades, VAV mechanical modifications and conversions, renewable and alternative energy technologies as well as a unique 58,000 ton-hour | 6 million gallon thermal energy storage tank and chilled water distribution system. These measures will provide an energy savings guarantee in excess of $2.25 million annually.


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As it was a priority to engage the campus, the steering committee launched a contest to name the initiative which received more than 150 submissions. The selected winning name was the ‘Green Gryphon Initiative’: an ongoing multi-year student initiative providing implementation progress and energy savings updates, as well as no-cost low-cost energy savings strategies posted as a challenge to the university community. Another impressive energy awareness and engagement program at the institutional level is being implemented by MCW and the Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB). The $34 million Energy Management Project will span the next 3 years with upgrades scheduled at approximately 90 schools. It is anticipated HRSB will save over $2.4 million per year in utility costs. “Not only will there be a reduction in our energy consumption, but staff and students have noticed how bright and refreshing the school is with the upgraded lighting design and equipment. We have also converted to natural gas, greatly reducing our emissions,” said Wade Smith, Principal of Highland Park Junior High.

Photo of Guelph University’s Johnston Hall by MCW Custom Energy Solutions Ltd.

To strengthen its community of sustainability knowledge, the project

With over 90 universities and over 15,000 elementary and

launched a Board-wide energy awareness and communication program

secondary schools throughout Canada’s 13 provinces and

involving students, teachers, staff and the community. And with that,

territories, there is a great opportunity to create healthier learning

the ‘Lights Off! Green On!’ was developed as the branded project,

environments for staff and students by upgrading the buildings

created by students in the grade 5/6 class at Duc d’Anville Elementary

they spend so much time in. Furthermore, students need to

in Halifax. The campaign will eventually impact all schools, not just those

continue to learn how their behaviours related to energy use

receiving retrofits with the projects. The “go green” message will be

affect their communities and the world at large. After all, they are

shared with students and staff encouraging them to change behaviours

the future.

and reduce their carbon footprint. The multi-year project was funded by the Province of Nova Scotia, and has been supported by Heritage Gas, MCW and Efficiency Nova Scotia.

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Canada Green Building Council announces Dunbarton High School as the 2014 Greenest School in Canada The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canadian

MacKenzie Smyth, a Dunbarton student who recently graduated

Coalition for Green Schools are happy to announce that Dunbarton

and was one of the main club leaders over the past three years,

High School in Pickering, ON, is the winner of the inaugural

says winning this competition validates all of the hard work they’ve

Greenest School in Canada competition.

done to green the school.

Launched on Earth Day 2014, this annual competition seeks

“This award is such an honor and a surprise,” Smyth says. “Our

to find K-12 schools across the country that truly exemplify how

goal has always been working towards a sustainable environment.

sustainability can be woven into the infrastructure, culture and

It is very rewarding to see that we are a making difference and to

curriculum of a school.

see the willingness of the community to get involved.”

Schools from both rural and urban areas across Canada entered

As the winner of the 2014 Greenest School in Canada

submissions based on criteria that examined the schools’ efficient

competition, Dunbarton High School will receive $2,000 in prize

use of resources and reduced environmental impact; enhanced

money to use toward a green activity and will be submitted as

health and learning among students, teachers and staff; and

the official Canadian entry into the Greenest School on Earth

emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation education.

competition, awarded annually by the Center for Green Schools by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Greenest School jury, comprised of green building industry experts from across the country, determined that Dunbarton stood out from other submissions for its exemplary level of commitment to sustainability, with a number of impressive environmental awareness programs for students and staff, including:

• The creation of ‘bee condos’ to encourage pollination, local park

rehabilitation efforts, rain barrel sales, and other outreach that was done to connect the students with the broader community.

The coordination of organic waste collection with the local

neighbours in order to circumvent having to send this waste to landfill (a green bin service is not currently available to the school directly).

Involving the students in the auditing of energy and water use

Photo by: Grade 9 student Shamira Kandiah

in the school, as a means of educating them about the importance of environmental impact.

Offering an Atlantic salmon restoration program as a part of

the curriculum, which provides students with first-hand experience in conservation and a unique learning opportunity.

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The 2014 Canadian Green Building Awards winning projects were recognized during the Welcome Reception at the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] National Convention in Toronto with the handing out of Awards certificates.

â WWW.SABMAGAZINE.COM Visit the Awards section of our website for complete details on the winning projects. For details on sponsoring the Canadian Green Building Awards contact dgriffith@sabmagazine.com








[1] Mountain Equipment Co-op representatives Sean McSweeney [left] and Sandy Tregaus, CFO [centre] receive the Awards certificate for the MEC North Vancouver store on behalf of Proscenium Architects from Brian Hall, Managing Director of sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI]. [2] Representatives of Perkins+Will [left to right] Gerrett Lim, Joanna Peacock, Ryan Bragg [Principal], and Kathy Wardle receive the Awards certificate for the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre from Suresh Parmachand, Senior Marketing Manager, of sponsor Uponor. [3] From left to right, Mauro Carreno of Baird Sampson Neuert Architects [BSN], University of Toronto representatives Steve Miszuk [Director Planning and Infrastructure], and Brent Sleep [Chair of Civil Engineering], and Jon Neuert of BSN receive their Awards certificates for The Goldcorp Mining Innovation Suite of the Lassonde Mining Building, University of Toronto from Nadine Gudz, Director, Sustainability Strategy of sponsor Interface. [4] Representatives of Perkins+Will [left to right] Ryan Bragg [Principal], Joanna Peacock, Gerrett Lim and Kathy Wardle receive the Awards certificate for the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability from Brian Hall of sponsor the CPCI. [5] Scott Demark [left], partner in BuildGreen Solutions, receives his Awards certificate for the One Planet Reno project from Suresh Parmachand, of sponsor Uponor. [6] From left to right, Mike Williams from RWDI, Birgit Siber, John Featherstone and Cecily Eckhardt from Diamond Schmitt Architects accept their Awards certificates for the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory from Brian Hall of sponsor the CPCI. [7] Denis Clermont [left] of Les Architectes Labonte Marcil [and accepting for consortium partners Cardinal Hardy, Labonté Marcil and Eric Pelletier Architect], and Alan DeSousa, Mayor of Saint-Laurent, accept their Award certificates for Bibliothèque du Boisé from Suresh Parmachand of sponsor Uponor. [8] Mona Lemoine [left] of Hughes Condon Marler receives the Awards certificate for the UNBC Bio-Energy Plant from Nadine Gudz of sponsor Interface. Our thanks to all who participated in the 2014 Awards.

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Municipal Green Building Initiatives and Policies in Southern Ontario Regionalizing Green Standards The Cities of Brampton and Vaughan and the Town of

Provide a common tool and implementation process to

Richmond Hill (the municipal partners) joined together to produce

quantify and rank the sustainability performance of proposed

an innovative set of Sustainability Tools to be used as part of the

development applications;

planning process, centred on describing consistent performance Level the playing field across the participating municipalities

targets for sustainability metrics. By integrating Sustainability Tools into the planning process, the municipal partners are taking

and for the development industry by providing a consistent set of

the road less travelled and daring to dream that a “menu” of

sustainability metrics that will apply across a larger region;

small actions, when repeated over and over, will make a more measureable improvement to the function of the built environment than the traditional “big infrastructure” approach. The partnership

Provide measurable, quantifiable improvements to the sustainability performance of the regions;

established a funding and collaboration model that enabled the municipalities to leverage resources across political boundaries towards a common purpose, including receiving partial funding

Allow for continuous information sharing and support across local municipalities; and

through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund.

Demonstrate regional leadership and commitment to the principles of sustainable development.

Refining the planning process to focus on smaller actions

In time, perhaps the common set of Tools developed as part

upfront using a clear set of Sustainability Tools has the potential to

of this collaboration will help to “grow the web” of municipalities

transform and advance both municipal staff and the development

taking this route to sustainability across the GTA.

industry’s thinking of what a more sustainable community looks like in Brampton, Richmond Hill and Vaughan. Since integrating

Stay tuned for a future meeting of the

these Sustainability Tools into the planning process, the municipal

Clean Air Council as a follow-up to the

partners have shared lessons learned at a number of conferences.

January 2014 Regional Green Development

Through these presentations, another new direction has emerged


– the idea of “regionalizing” the use of these Sustainability Tools

presented their Sustainability Tools concept.

as part of the planning process across the GTA. Such collaboration


could achieve the following:

collaboration, feel free to contact one of the










staff members noted below.

Michael Hoy: Senior Environmental Planner

Tony Iacobelli: Senior Environmental Planner

Michelle Dobbie: Senior Planner (Policy)





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The Municipality of Clarington Embraces Green Development

The Municipality of Clarington is committed to green development. With a growing population, forecast to increase by 60 per cent in the next 20 years, Amy Burke: Priority Green Clarington Coordinator

Clarington has formulated the Priority Green Clarington initiative. Priority

Community Planning & Design

Green Clarington is a framework that aims to ensure a new standard for

Planning Services Department

residential development. Its focus is to promote environmentally responsible,

T: (905) 623-3379 E: aburke@clarington.net

compact and complete neighbourhoods throughout the community. This

Carlos Salazar: Manager of Community Planning & Design Planning Services Department T: (905) 623-3379 E: csalazar@clarington.net

involves establishing new policies and approval processes to encourage green development. Local developers in collaboration with Clarington have already built six new homes, incorporating green building techniques and technologies. These homes are equipped with state of the art monitoring equipment to track water consumption and energy savings. Priority Green Clarington receives

Basia Radomski: Corporate Communications Officer

grant funding from the Government of Ontario and Federation of Canadian

Corporate Services Department


T: (905) 623-3379 E: bradomski@clarington.net

initiative will improve quality of life for our residents.

Green Municipal Fund. Clarington strongly believes this

Niagara Leading the Way in Green Building

As the Green Energy Capital of Canada and a leader in smart growth, Niagara has become a model for energy efficiency and policies that have enabled the By Kithio Mwanzia: Interim Chief Executive Officer, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce T: (905) 684-2362 E: ceo@gncc.ca

growth of the green building business. A notable success story in this area is Merit Contractors Niagara. With multiple LEED projects complete, Merit is furthering their claim as the Greenest General Contractor in the Niagara Region. These include Ball’s Falls Visitor Center (Gold), Southbrook Vineyards (Gold) and Brock University Plaza (Silver) to name a few. Most recently, Merit received the prestigious designation of Project of the Year from the Niagara Construction Association for the Niagara West YMCA – a LEED silver 55,000 square foot, multipurpose facility. The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) will continue to work with the green building industry to find new ways to cultivate new policies that will ensure continued growth of the green building industry. The Chamber continues to support regional smart growth incentives that enable the green building industry to maximise its potential in Niagara.

In order to foster transparency and collaboration amongst municipalities across Ontario, The Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council has developed an online green policy repository – the Ontario Green Policy Hub (OGPH). To find out what other green policies are being implemented in Ontario, or to upload your own green policy, please visit www.ogph.ca.

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As part of our continuing Thank you Campaign, the Chapter recognized four more projects around Toronto for their outstanding contributions to the green building community. In this fall edition of Toronto FOCUS, we would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to the Garry W. Morden Fire Training Centre, 33 Yonge Street, 15 Brynhurst Court and MyHaven GreenVision Homes.

Garry W. Morden Fire Training Centre Named after the late Fire Chief, Garry W. Morden, this new fire training centre serves as a multi-agency training, maintenance and development facility in Mississauga. Obtaining LEED Silver Certification for New Construction and Major Renovations, this facility focuses on harvesting rainwater for flushing its toilets and washing its vehicles. Hazel Farley, Executive Director of the CaGBC-GTC was present and spoke at the facility’s Earth Day ceremony. Congratulations to the Garry W. Morden Fire Training Centre on your achievement! Left to right: Hazel Farley, Executive Director Canada Green Building Council; Councillor Pat Saito, Mississauga City, Ward 9; John McDougall, Chief Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services; Jayne Holmes, Manager, Facilities Planning and Development City of Mississauga; Raj Sheth, Director Faculties and Property Management, City of Mississauga.

33 Yonge Street Earning LEED Gold Certification for Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance, this 13-storey, class ‘A’ office tower was originally built in 1982. Andy Schonberger (past) Chair of our Board joined building tenants, Earth Day vendors and the Senior Property Manager, John O’Neill for an Earth Day ceremony in celebration of their new LEED Gold status. From left to right: Mitch Gascoyne, LEED Consultant and Manager of Sustainable Design Services, MCW Consultants Ltd.; John O’Neill, Senior Property Manager, GWL Realty Advisors and Andy Schonberger, CaGBC-GTC (past) Chair of the Board, Business Development, Smart and Connected Real Estate & Communities, Cisco System. 15 Brynhurst Court Certified Silver under LEED Canada for Homes, this beautiful home at 15 Brynhurst Court was opened up for a tour to the Greater Toronto Chapter during the National Conference. An impressive roster of sustainable features such as grey-water recycling, radiant heating, drain water heat recovery, LED lighting and recycled materials all can be found within the four walls of this 2,400-square foot house in Midtown Toronto. The Greater Toronto Chapter presented a certificate to home owner, John Bell, at the Sustainable Housing Foundation’s Engaging Sustainable Communities Event in June. 15 Brynhurst Court.

MyHaven GreenVision Homes This custom-built project in Riverdale was also recognized by the Chapter at the Sustainable Housing Foundation’s Engaging Sustainable Communities Event for its LEED Platinum certification. Designed as a very airy, open space concept, this innovative building features: locally sourced windows that have selective coatings to balance day lighting and temperature fluctuations in the space, locally sourced insulation, a drainwater heat recovery pipe, a hybrid boiler-radiant heat flooring HVAC system, and a hybrid passive/ceiling fan design to avoid the installation of a central AC system.

Thank MyHaven GreenVision Homes.


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Advancing Green Housing and Building Innovation


Helping you maximize the energy efficiency of your new buildings New building codes require new approaches to building design and energy performance. Completing the Savings by Design program puts you ahead of the curve. Created by Enbridge Gas Distribution with integrated design support from Sustainable Buildings Canada, Savings by Design helps commercial and residential builders design and construct high performance buildings and houses. This comprehensive program provides free access to building design experts, as well Building design experts discuss ways to build 25% beyond the OBC [1]. Bruce Nicol, Tartan’s Owner and VP [2].

as financial incentives to help with the design, construction and commissioning stages of your new projects.

Staying at the forefront of energy efficient design In business for nearly 50 years, Tartan Homes has always been at the forefront of suburban home energy efficiency and energy efficient design. Knowing that it takes work to maintain that position, Tartan turned to the Enbridge Savings by Design program. “Buying a Savings by Design home is going to give purchasers peace of mind, because it means that they are assured of a high-performing home that has been thirdparty verified, and that has been built beyond code.” says Natalie Armstrong, Channel Consultant for Enbridge Residential Sales. “When people come in to the sales office, they’re searching for a home, a nest for their families.” says Bruce Nicol, Tartan’s Owner and VP. “They don’t want to know what’s behind the drywall, they want to experience what’s on the inside of the drywall. For them (Savings by Design is) like a validation that we trust and know that what’s behind the drywall is good. And that gives them real comfort.” By participating in the program, Tartan has successfully built homes constructed to the Savings by Design standard – 25% better energy performance than required by the 2012 Ontario Building Code (OBC). To learn more, visit www.savingsbydesign.ca 30

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Helping you maximize the energy efficiency of your new buildings. With our comprehensive Savings by Design program, builders participate in an Enbridge Integrated Design Process (IDP). The IDP brings together experts in energy efficiency and sustainability to identify ways to maximize energy performance in your new construction buildings. In addition to covering the cost of the IDP, Enbridge also provides incentives to help you implement the IDP’s recommendations to achieve 25% or more above Ontario Building Code (2012). To qualify for the program, your project must be a minimum of 100,000 square feet.

To learn more, visit www.savingsbydesign.ca

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