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ANNUAL SUPPLEMENT The 2020 LEED Canada Buildings-in-Review LUMENPULSE HEADQUARTERS New workplace mirrors client’s attention to design, and cuts energy use 3 CIVIC PLAZA Mixed-use project combines sustainability, transit density and community activation

DESIGN PRACTICE Rethinking multi-unit residential design

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YORK UNIVERSITY SCHULICH SCHOOL, TORONTO One of the most environmentally sustainable and socially responsible academic buildings in North America. Winner of the Institutional [Large] Award, 2020 Canadian Green Building Awards.

Architect: Baird Samson Neuert Architects. Contractor: Ellis Don.

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Design practice Rethinking multi-unit residential design


Prefabrication and Modular Construction


3 Civic Plaza

The thermal performance of off-site prefabricated buildings and building enclosure systems 14

Mixed-use project combines sustainability, transit density and community activation 20

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Lumenpulse Headquarters


Eco Flats 1.0



New workplace mirrors client’s attention to design, and cuts energy use Upgrade preserves existing building while supporting low carbon living


Interview with Nicholas Gefucia Helping to deliver affordable housing





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DISASSEMBLY According to a new report from the National Zero Waste Council, implementing waste prevention strategies in a handful of Canadian sectors could create tens of thousands of jobs and billions in revenue, while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste each year. Canadians lead the world in the amount of waste produced per capita, and the construction industry is a major contributor.

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The report, Waste Prevention: The Environmental and Economic Benefits for Canada presents business cases for six key sectors of the Canadian economy, and outlines the opportunities for positive environmental, social and economic impacts that would accrue by addressing waste at its source. Within the construction industry, the recommendations include increasing the use of factory prefabrication as a way to optimize material use and to reduce and centralize the production of waste. Another idea is designing for adaptability and disassembly, which is as much a philosophical approach to building as it is a technological one. We are seeing an increased focus on embodied carbon in buildings, as operating energy consumption decreases and embodied energy becomes a more significant component in the life cycle impacts of buildings. Consequently, we are seeing more emphasis being placed on the retention, rehabilitation and adaptation of existing structures. Designing new buildings with this in mind clearly makes abundant sense and it is only a small step further to consider designing for disassembly. As a developer, Mountain Equipment Co-op (now MEC) took an early interest in designing for disassembly in its stores in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Burlington, but few others seem to have followed its lead. The Canadian Standards Association publications Z782-06 Guideline for Design for Disassembly and Adaptability in Buildings (2006) and Z783-12 Deconstruction of Buildings and their Related Parts (2012) do not appear to have made it into many office libraries. As Jack Froese, Chair of the National Zero Waste Council puts it, “Waste prevention must be part of the environmental conversation in Canada, since Canadians produce the most waste in the world on a per-capita basis. With its broad reach, this report is the first of its kind for Canada, and is a first of many steps toward waste prevention being realized in this country.” For the construction industry, it is both a timely reminder and another call to action.


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news RAIC REPORT THE RAIC VIRTUAL CONFERENCE ON ARCHITECTURE RETURNS FOR 2021 By Tanner Morton, Communications Coordinator Reserve your spot at the RAIC 2021 Virtual Conference on Architecture. This year’s Conference is a series of events running throughout the month of June. Fulfill your continuing education requirements with over 32 hours of content, including continuing education sessions, a two-day International Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium, as well as an Academic Summit co-hosted with Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture (CCUSA). All sessions will be available on-demand after the initial broadcast giving you flexibility to engage at your convenience. The RAIC 2021 Virtual Conference on Architecture will be broadcast through a Virtual Attendee Hub (VAH). The VAH provides a virtual platform to build your profile, create your personalized conference schedule, watch live broadcasts of sessions and events, visit virtual exhibitor booths, and interact with sponsors. In addition, the platform includes the ability to network and meet in real-time with other attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors.

There is a wide swath of events featured in Conference this year, including the Symposium and Summit spotlighted below. RAIC Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium The RAIC International Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium is hosted by the RAIC Indigenous Task Force. The Symposium focuses on Indigenous representation, narratives, and collaborations. The three streams for the 2021 Symposium are: • First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Housing / International Indigenous Housing • Making Room for New Indigenous Voices on the Leading Edge of Architecture Practice • Collaborations: Indigenous / NonIndigenous Co-Design and Building with First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities RAIC CCUA Academic Summit on Architecture The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture

(CCUSA) present the Academic Summit on Architecture. This summit presents papers and projects from schools of architecture featuring the latest in research from academics and practitioners in the fields of architecture and design. Also new this year, the RAIC is proud to be partnering with the Canadian Architecture Students Association to offer sponsorship to help an architecture student attend the RAIC 2021 Virtual Conference on Architecture. Your sponsorship will provide increased access to the Conference for a student associate member of the RAIC. Two levels of sponsorship are available, $30 (Single Day Pass) or $125 (All Access Conference Pass) and are available at checkout during registration.     Additional information regarding the RAIC 2021 Virtual Conference on Architecture can be found at Registration is open until May 29, 2021 but sign up before April 30th for the best rates on all passes.

VIA RAIL OBTAINS LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION FOR THE OTTAWA STATION VIA Rail Canada has announced that its Ottawa station earned the LEED® Gold v4.1 certification for Operations and Maintenance for Existing Buildings – Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) second-highest level of accreditation. The Ottawa station – a heritage building and VIA Rail’s flagship station – underwent important renovations from 2016 to 2019 to improve its environmental performance and accessibility.

Opened in 1966 and gaining a Governor General's Massey Medal in 1967 for the architects, John B. Parkin and Associates, the Ottawa station is an international style building with exposed cantilevered trusses supported by massive concrete piers resulting in an open interior and a powerful roofline. The process of LEED certification, a first for VIA Rail Canada, began during the renovations with the identification of efficiency measures.

NEW LEED ENERGY PATHWAY NOW AVAILABLE The unique needs of the Canadian market were reflected in the latest addenda to the LEED rating system. They include an alternative compliance pathway (ACP) that shifts the focus from energy cost to energy usage, such that projects can avoid distortions caused by differences in fuel costs.

The LEED v4 and LEED v4.1 zEPI Pilot ACP was accepted by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED’s governing body, before being included in the most recent addenda. It follows over a year of effort by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), its Technical Advisory Group (TAG), and Steering Committee volunteers as well as key stakeholders.

LEED projects can now use reductions in energy consumption and GHG emissions to evaluate energy performance using any version of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) or ASHRAE 90.1 cited by the local authority. This avoids the need to perform additional energy modelling under a different standard or version.

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NEW DESIGN GUIDELINES AIM TO REDUCE BIRD STRIKES Ottawa City Council recently approved design guidelines to help keep birds from colliding with buildings and other structures. The guidelines address the design of buildings, lighting and landscaping, and also provide suggestions for improving bird safety around existing buildings. City staff worked with Safe Wings Ottawa and other experts on basic recommendations as follows: • Consider the environmental context and surroundings



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ENGINEERED ASSEMBLIES LAUNCHES CERTIFIED SERIES FOR BUILDING FAÇADE INSTALLATION To facilitate more transparency from design of a building façade to its successful installation, Mississauga-based Engineered Assemblies (EA) has developed its Certified Series platform which enables all the parties on a project to communicate efficiently for more assurance that the façade is installed correctly. The Certified Series follows the earlier adoption of the SYSTEM 2-v2 (S2-v2) Design Guide which encourages a uniform industry-wide façade installation system. For more details or to register for an information session, visit or email

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RETHINKING MULTI-UNIT RESIDENTIAL DESIGN Optimizing flexibility, affordability and construction efficiency By Michelle Xuereb, Dev Mehta, Adryanne Quenneville and Tiffany Wong of BDP Quadrangle

The world is in a period of increased urbanization. In 2018 the United Nations estimated that by 2050 68% of the global population will be living in an urban area. Urban population growth has driven up land value and the costs associated with residential building construction. For most, living in an urban area means residing in a multi-unit residential building (MURB).

The future MURB unit does away with fixed rooms with set programs. Isolating in response to the pandemic has prompted all of us to find more flexibility in our living spaces, and also to question how MURB design can go further to support a sense of community and foster interaction with others while still maintaining privacy and a safe distance if required. This pandemic experience has equipped us with a direct and immediate understanding of the specific desires for an improved at-home wellness experience – such as a need for both togetherness and separation from other family members; having a place to stow away a computer at the end

As the costs related to urban residential development have

of the day; the possibility to grow vegetables on a balcony; and the benefit

increased, the average unit size has decreased. For example,

of socializing with neighbours. We identified a need for more resilient, sus-

a typical two-bedroom-plus-den unit in one of Toronto’s older

tainable, flexible, and healthy spaces – all within a small footprint in order

stock of residential buildings is usually around 1,000 square

to maintain an affordable unit.

feet. Current residential developments fit the same program into roughly 750 square feet.

We began rethinking MURB units by asking: what would happen if we reduced or eliminated set programs? In order to optimize flexibility, we pro-

This squeezing of the floor plans, however, has reached its

pose blurring the lines between rooms, rather than delineating them with

breaking point. Residential units can only be tightened so

demising walls.

much without sacrificing the quality and functionality of the space. When every room is competing for floor area, design-

To accommodate this, the building is designed with a structural column

ers need to get creative.

grid instead of shear walls, as is typical of Toronto construction. This structural system also uses less concrete – thereby reducing the building’s car-

In March, BDP Quadrangle held a studio-wide ‘Shrinking Spac-

bon footprint. For other elements that are typically fixed in place, such as

es Charrette’ to come up with innovative solutions for small

the plumbing stacks and mechanical shafts, we arranged them in a manner

units. We took a typical residential unit apart – examining

that allows for an open plan: the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry closets

every inch of space from the master bedroom to the pantry

are consolidated on the perimeter of the unit. These shifts allow for a more

shelf – to find creative new ways of maximizing square foot-

flexible floor plan.

age within a limited space.

The future MURB unit does away with fixed rooms with set programs.

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and Modular Construction The thermal performance of off-site prefabricated buildings and building enclosure systems By Val Sylaj and Brian J Hall As designers and owners are becoming more aware of the environmental impacts of the construction industry, including the types of materials used, more stringent requirements are being imposed by specifiers, and national codes and standards.

This article provides some insights on the important

Prefabrication is a construction method that involves fabricating and

measures of prefabrication and panelized systems on the

assembling building components offsite. It can refer to both flat elements

thermal performance of buildings, the energy consumption,

(often known as prefabricated panelized systems), or to modular volumetric

and the financial impacts to the investors.

units that typically include complete spaces of a building such as an apartment unit, hotel room, jail cell, etc. In either case, prefabrication construc-

A recent report from Dodge Data and Analytics published

tion also provides innovative solutions in buildings where the entire building

in 2020 shows a significant interest by the construction

envelope can be fabricated offsite using prefabricated building components.

industry in prefabrication and modular construction mainly because of the improved productivity, reduced timeline, and cost, better sustainability performance, etc.

In addition to the need for accelerated building construction technology and consistency in quality, prefabrication and modular construction are also being considered to address concerns with site-specific skilled labour shortages. With prefabrication that is completely performed at an offsite facility, plant workers can be trained to perform specific skilled trades such

An earlier report from Dodge Data and Analytics pub-

as electrical and plumbing that form part of the finished element or room.

lished in 2011 had also highlighted the following as the underlying drivers and benefits of prefabrication and modu-

Standard building construction practices require individual building com-

lar construction: (1) Improved productivity and quality are

ponents or materials to be delivered to a job site, stored and then placed

key benefits in its usage, (2) Positive impacts on budget

or installed by labourers from multiple trades. This requires significant

and schedule performance are widely experienced, and (3)

on-site space as well as time for setup and construction. Another very

Construction sites are ‘greener’ due to less waste being gen-

time-consuming on-site operation process is the exterior finish of the final

erated, and safer due to working with structure assemblies

building façade.

and modules produced offsite. Conversely, off-site prefabricated components are delivered ‘just-in-time’ Although major advances have been made in both pre-

and installed by a smaller crew of skilled installers/erectors, directly from the

fabrication and modular construction since the 2011 report,

truck onto the building, with the façade and architectural finishes already

many of the above mentioned factors are still consistent with


the findings of the latest report from 2020. It is clear that prefabrication is an ideal construction technology with What is Prefabrication and Modular Construction?

minimal site disturbance and less labour required compared to traditional

With rapid population growth, the construction industry

construction. Another important factor is improved safety, mainly because

is always challenged to adapt its technologies based on

the work is done at ground level at a prefabrication facility, instead of work-

the market demand such as the need for taller buildings,

ing at elevated heights which is common with traditional construction.

reduced onsite construction times, enhanced building per-

Further, the safety measures such as physical distancing during a pandemic

formance, etc. Prefabrication and modular construction are

can be easily implemented with very minimal or no effect on production.

certainly a solution to most, if not all, of these demands.


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3 CIVIC PLAZA Mixed-use project combines sustainability, transit density and community activation By Patrick Cotter This 52-storey, transit-oriented mixed-use project in Surrey, BC features 349 residential suites, a 144-room hotel, a vertical higher education campus, a mixing lobby that serves all building occupants, a rooftop garden, fitness centre and underground parking. The project can be seen as part of Surrey’s strategic move away from sprawling,



low-density strip malls, mega-blocks and single family and medium density housing. In this context, the project adds significant residential, transitoriented vertical density to the city centre. Adjacent to a transit station, and within 500 metres of a major bus loop, the developer reduced its parking count by reaching an agreement with the City to lease unused parking spaces at the adjacent City Hall. The design team set out to incorporate the aspirations of the community in the project. In addition to transit-oriented density, this includes sustainability and a varied program to enrich and invigorate community life. The project defines the east side of Civic Plaza, with Surrey City Hall to the north and City Centre Library to the west. The added presence of a restaurant and café flanking the lobby animates the plaza edge, while the combination of residential, hotel and university uses contributes to the flow of pedestrian traffic throughout the day. For the benefits of this mixed-use program to be realized, 3 Civic Plaza had to achieve more while competing in terms of cost with single-use developments of a similar scale. The key to success was an innovative structure that replaced the usual lateral design solution, based on a single central service core, with an elongated, linear shear wall that stretches nearly the full width of the building, combined with end shear walls that run perpendicular to it.

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1. The project adds significant residential, transit-oriented vertical density to the Surrey City Centre. It sits adjacent to a transit station, and within 500 metres of a major bus loop, 2. The mixed-use nature of residential, hospitality and commercial animates the plaza.

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An Annual Supplement



A record of the LEED buildings certified in 2020

PLATINUM Ì 180 Queen Street West - Recert., Toronto, ON, GWL Realty Advisors Inc. Ì 191 Pioneer - Recert., Winnipeg, MB, Artis REIT Ì 20 Queen St. West - Recert., Toronto, ON, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited Ì 25 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto, ON, H&R REIT Ì 250 Yonge Street - Recert., Toronto, ON, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited Ì 438 University Avenue - Recert., Toronto, ON, Dream Office Management Corp. Ì 483 Bay Street - Recert., Toronto, ON, Northam Realty Advisors Limited Ì 5000 Yonge Street - Recert., Toronto, ON, GWL Realty Advisors Inc. Ì 525 Superior Street, Victoria, BC, Jawl Properties Ltd. Ì Amit Chakma Engineering Building, London, ON, Western University

Ì Bow Valley Square - Recert., Calgary, AB, Oxford Properties Group Ì Building 1, 2, 3 - Green on Queensbury, North Vancouver, BC, Qualex Landmark Ì Centennial Place - Recertification, Calgary, AB, Oxford Properties Ì Centre de commerce mondial de Montreal Recert., Montreal, QC, Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. Ì Condos Hurteau, Montreal, QC, Brightman Concept Construction Inc. Ì Duplex 18e avenue, Lachine, QC Ì Ecohabitations Boreales, Rawdon, Qc, Écohabitations Boréales inc. Ì Edmonton Tower, Edmonton, AB, One Properties Ì evolv1, Waterloo, ON, The CORA Group Inc. Ì Fair Haven Seniors Home, Vancouver, BC, Colliers International

Ì Fonds de solidarité FTQ - Édifice LouisLaberge, Montreal, QC, Fonds de solidarité FTQ Ì Galt Street Flats, Vancouver, BC, 0997647 B.C. Ltd. c/o Bold Properties Galt Ltd Partnership Ì HSBC Building-885 West Georgia Recertification, Vancouver, BC, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited Ì Le Concerto, Lac-Mégantic, QC, C.H.I.C du Granit Ì Maison Horizon, Laterrière, QC, Solutions Residentielles Ì Maison Massawippi, Canton-de-Hatley, QC, Ecohabitations Ì Maison Solaire, Sutton, QC, (9259-1809 QUÉBEC INC.) Ì Maison Southern Comfort, Waterloo, QC Ì Résidence Bonneviot-Riopel, Trois-Rivières, QC, UrbanÉco

Ì Royal Bank Building - Recert., Toronto, ON, Nuyork Investments Ltd & NASJJEC Investments Ltd C/O RW Commercial Ì Royal Bank Plaza - Recert., Toronto, ON, Oxford Properties Ì SAS Institute Canada Office - Recertification, Toronto, ON, SAS Institute Canada Inc Ì TDC - TD South Tower-Recert., Toronto, ON, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd. Ì The Bovill, Vancouver, BC, Orr Development Corp. Ì The Crest, Vancouver, BC, Forrester & Godfrey Homes (Little Mtn) Ì The Exchange, Vancouver, BC, Swissreal Investments/OSED Howe Street Vancouver LP

GOLD Ì 100 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, Manulife Investment Management Ì 100 Yonge Street Recert., Toronto, ON, Manulife Investment Management BentallGreenOak Ì 1100 Atwater, Montreal, QC, 1100 Atwater Investment inc. Ì 1101 & 1105 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC, City of Vancouver Ì 155 Gordon Baker Rd, Toronto, ON, Manulife Investment Management Ì 200 Rue Montcalm - Tour 1 et 2, Gatineau, QC, Multivesco 20

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Ì 219 Dufferin Street-Recert., Toronto, ON, Times Equity Inc. Ì 219 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa., ON, Colonnade BridgePort Ì 3589 Kingsway - The Link, Vancouver, BC, Hungerford Properties Ì 360 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, Starlight Investments Ì 360 Main - Recert., Winnipeg, MB, Artis REIT Ì 37 Quarry Park Blvd SE, Calgary, AB, BentallGreenOak

Ì 388 Kaslo, Vancouver, BC, PCI Developments Corp. Ì 4200 St Laurent-Recert., Montreal, QC, Antrev Ì 49 Quarry Park Blvd SE, Calgary, AB, BentallGreenOak Ì 5035 South Service Rd, Burlington, ON, Manulife Financial Ì 5353 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke, ON, Manulife Real Estate Ì 592 Sherbourne, Toronto, ON, Tricon Captial Ì 6665-6667 Avenue Louis-Hebert, Montreal, QC, Olivier Gagnon Architecte

Ì 6711 Mississauga Rd North, Mississauga, ON, Manulife Financial Ì 6755 Mississauga Rd N, Mississauga, ON, Manulife Investment Management Ì 71 Chemin de la Galerne, St-Fulgence, QC Ì 800 5th Avenue - Recert., Calgary, AB, Artis REIT Ì 85 Hanna - Recert., Toronto, ON, First Capital Asset Management LP Ì 988 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, Bosa Properties Inc.

Lumenpulse Headquarters New workplace mirrors client’s attention to design, and cuts energy use

1 1. and 2. Located along the St-Lawrence River on a remediated site between two major transportation arteries, the design and alignment of the Lumenpulse headquarters make it a new landmark.

By Jim Taggart Located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River across from

The company wanted to create a head office

Montreal, Longueuil has long been a preferred location for leading

that would embody its values of innovation, col-

high-tech industries including aerospace and renewable energy.

laboration, communication and transparency, as well as serving the needs of its employees and its

These have now been joined by Lumenpulse, an international lighting

business operations. The site, one of many con-

solutions company that designs, develops, manufactures and sells a

sidered, was chosen for its location close to resi-

wide range of high-performance, sustainable LED lighting solutions for commercial, institutional and urban environments. Together with its affiliate companies, it has successfully completed major installations in North America and Europe, including offices for Microsoft in Seattle and H&M in Florence, Italy.


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dential areas, arterial roads and transit routes for employees; and to the Montreal St. Hubert airport and Highway 10 leading to the US, to serve the needs of the company’s export business.

Eco Flats 1.0

Upgrade preserves existing building while supporting low carbon living

By Carla Crawford Eco Flats 1.0 is a conversion of an aged Toronto rowhouse into an energy-efficient, all-electric triplex. The ambitions for this project were: to increase urban density; provide quality housing during a housing crisis; create homes for multiple tenants that support a carbon-free lifestyle; and make it a super energy-efficient, all-electric building.

With the Ontario power grid being 94% renewable, it was not only possible to do this, but also to disconnect the original gas supply to the building. With greatly improved airtightness and super insulation, the overall energy intensity of the renovated building is 108 kWh/m2/year, an 89% reduction compared to the original. With a walk score of 93, transit score of 99, and bike score of 100, this property was the perfect choice. The nearest intersection has two streetcar lines and one bus line, two of which connect to the subway in just a few minutes. The intersection is also a hub for the West Toronto Railpath, which connects pedestrians and cyclists to The Junction neighbourhood, and is slated for expansion that will eventually connect to downtown. In addition, the local area is well serviced with grocery stores, schools, daycares, walk-in clinics, a hospital, a YMCA, and more. Everything is accessible without reliance on a car.

1. A typical aged Toronto rowhouse converted to three modern rental apartments which, with an 89% reduction in energy use compared to the original, are all-electric.


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INTERVIEW WITH Nicholas Gefucia, Vice President, EllisDon Community Builders

EllisDon Community Builders (EDCB), a new group within EllisDon launched in February, has the goal of helping to deliver affordable and supportive housing.

1. Does EDCB work with certain types of organizations to

Our affordable housing base design, which was developed with a view to

deliver the housing?

serving affordable housing needs across Canada, is intended to be imple-

EDCB will work with those who wish to deliver quality sus-

mented across the country. We expect that our approach will benefit from

tainable affordable housing in their community. We will

our experiences gained through building across Canada and will inform

engage with non-profit organizations, municipalities or

the best affordable housing solutions on a community-to-community basis.

private developers, as well as higher levels of government who wish to address the affordable housing challenge with a strategic focus. Our model is geared to support viable projects with optimal affordability and a scalable offering that begins at the earliest stages of a project with a comprehensive set of services that supports affordable housing in all respects.

4. Will EDCB focus mainly on multi-unit housing, and what level of energy performance and indoor environmental quality will it have? As referenced above, EDCB has developed an affordable housing base design that not only accelerates the design development process on a project-by-project basis but also supports our clients' direction in achieving environmental efficiency standards, including CMHC requirements, Passive House and Net Zero Carbon. We are able to take on larger builds given our

2. What would be EDCB’s role?

capacity and expertise, while staying committed to our clients' affordable

EDCB's core offering, as a development consultant in the

housing mandates.

early stages, is development management services that utilizes the expertise of every facet of EllisDon, one of the largest and most reputable builders in Canada. This involves development and financial advisory services which are performed leveraging everything that a world-leading construction services company has to offer. We will then facilitate the full cradle-to-grave development and construction solutions that EllisDon can provide.

5. Why did EllisDon launch EDCB? Every Canadian is aware of our national housing challenges and far too many are suffering because of it. EllisDon has recognized that it is uniquely positioned to address this need, particularly because of our track record of developing critical assets with social outcomes. It's what we do best. Partnering with like-minded NPOs, municipalities and developers to serve communities with assets that communities can be proud of is the core function of EDCB, and that is why we have put this team together. Having a team of

3. Would EDCB operate in every part of Canada, or will it

dedicated professionals with the resources of one of Canada's top builders,

target specific regions?

we can lead an initiative with significant national impact.

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