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TORONTO Canada Green Building Council


ISSUE 10, FALL 2015, Greater Toronto Chapter, CaGBC Regional Publication /

Wellness and the Built Environment Sustainable Healthcare Environments And Patient Recovery

Biophilia And the Built Environment

The Freedom to Walk and Cycle Healthy Community Design in Ontario

Canada and the WELL Building Standard

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Welcome to Toronto FOCUS

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

Message from the Greater Toronto Chapter of the CaGBC

In this edition, we explore the ways that the sustainable built

In a region that is rapidly expanding, with one of the highest rates

environment directly impacts and influences an individual’s

of construction in the country, we have to be thought leaders in

physical health and wellbeing. The word wellbeing is defined by

this area of wellbeing and sustainability. We need to look at the

the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable,

examples listed in this publication and beyond as a call for action.

health or happy”; whilst sustainable is defined as “conserving an

We have the opportunity to push through our conventional

ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources”.

methods of building green and challenge ourselves to do more.

There are many natural and organic ways to marry these

At the Chapter we are always striving to push the envelope in

concepts and create a built environment that not only benefits

our community through advocacy initiatives, and by highlighting

our communities, but also the individuals who live, work and play

the best of green building practices through our Thank You

in them. This fall 2015 supplement aims to showcase some of

Campaign, our Building Blitz which takes place at Spring Open

these ways.

and finally, our largest networking event of the year – the CaGBC-

Articles on the WELL Building Standard and Biophilic Design

Greater Toronto Chapter Gala and Award program. Join us

introduce two sets of standards that encourage health and

as we welcome Keynote Speaker Glen Murray, Minister of the

wellbeing to be a forethought in the design process. Similarly, The

Environment and Climate Change; and announce the winners of

Freedom to Walk and Cycle: Healthy Community Design in Ontario

the Innovation Awards Program. Last year’s event was sold out -

looks at the design of a community and the effects of walk-ability

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and bike-ability on the physical wellbeing of the individuals who

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live there. Incorporating health and wellbeing into the design of

many upcoming educational workshops.

our built environment not only enhances our wellbeing, but also acts a preventative health measure. Furthermore, the Sustainable Healthcare Environments and Patient Recovery piece forces us to reflect more deeply on how the built environment influences patient comfort, care and recovery when the preventative

A huge thank you to our supportive community of volunteers, members, partners and friends in developing and providing content for this supplement – and of course to our sponsors and advertisers who have helped to make this publication happen.

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In this Issue FALL 2015


Sustainable Health Care Environments and Patient Recovery


Decision Theory


Canada and the WELL Building Standard


The Freedom to Walk and Cycle

St. Marguerite d’Youville is the Greenest School in Canada


GPRO Continues to Gain Momentum in Canada

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Professional Development & Events


Biophilia and the Built Environment

Care Facilities

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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 Breakfast Series Session III – The Sustainable Data Landscape

Understanding the WELL Building Standard

LEED v4 Green Associate Study Course

September 24, 2015 – Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto

October 6, 2015 – RBC WaterPark Place, Toronto

October 13-14, 2015 – Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto

The access and management of sustainability data is an ongoing challenge for most organizations. There is more data available now than ever, but do we actually have the right data in the right format and is it getting into the hands of the right people to drive decisions and action? How close are we to gaining access to utility data ‘automatically’? How does data tie into the evolution of the LEED EB:O&M standard (LEED Dynamic Plaque) and the proposed Energy Reporting Benchmarking regulations for large commercial buildings in Ontario? What are industry best practices on the “hardware” side – e.g. metering / measurement technologies? How are organizations managing the complexity of data on the “software” side of the equation – e.g. data standards, energy management? How are departments within an organization utilizing this data – e.g. benchmarking, investment in energy conservation, CSR reporting? Come to this session and listen to our panel of experts from Enernoc, Energy Profiles Limited, and QMC Metering Solutions to learn about how these issues are being addressed.

This is a one day intensive program designed to help individuals understand the WELL Building Standard and how to successfully apply it to project work. This workshop will introduce the intent, key elements and requirements of the WELL Building Standard. WELL faculty will guide attendees through the standard’s design, implementation and certification requirements. A tour of Cisco’s space will be offered to course attendees.

Be better prepared! The two-day LEED v4 Green Associate study course covers the foundational knowledge required for the LEED v4 Green Associate exam, the first level of LEED green professional accreditation. Through a combination of lectures, group activities and practice test questions participants will learn about: site selection, water and energy use, building materials, indoor environment and innovation.

One-on-One with WELL

The CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala and Awards

October 6, 2015 – RBC WaterPark Place, Toronto

October 22, 2015 – Arcadian Court, Toronto

Join us for a unique opportunity to meet Whitney Austin-Gray, Executive Director, Research and Innovation at Delos at this private event co-presented by REALPac and the Canada Green Building Council. As the pioneer of the WELL Building Standard and founder of Wellness Real Estate, Delos is transforming our homes, offices, schools and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. Michael Brooks, President and CEO, REALpac, will set the stage as our host for an evening of informal discussion about how the WELL Building Standard can generate increased savings and productivity, in addition to a meaningful return on investment to the tenant and building owner.

Join our grand 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 by Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. 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. View all awards finalists on our website: www.cagbctoronto. org. 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!

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Upcoming Events + Workshops Biomass Energy from Wood ‘Waste’

November 4, 2015 – City Archives, Toronto Low-Value Wood is minimally used for structural work given that higher quality wood can easily be sourced. High-value urban wood is often salvaged for furniture and interior design. The residual, low-value wood by-products have been mainly used for mulch or for heating purposes. The City of Toronto has been exploring opportunities to repurpose this wood ‘waste’ as a biomass energy source. While this application has not been typically in North American urban centres, it is a common practice in Europe for the purposes of eco-district heating, etc. A few speakers will describe some of the efforts underway in the Greater Toronto Area to support biomass energy generation. LEED Breakfast Series Session IV: Smart and Connected Buildings

November 12, 2015 - Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto Technology is ubiquitous in our lives. Providing us with access to information, services, friends, family and colleagues by voice, touch or mouse click. The pace of

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technology change is rapidly advancing in the real estate industry as well, being seen as a necessary amenity by tenants, as a way to drive down operational costs by landlords and increase opportunities for disruptive business models in every space between. Join us for the 4th LEED Breakfast Session where our speakers will discuss applications of Smart Building Technologies that are driving real estate value today – and where they see things progressing in the near future.. Materials Summit

December 1, 2015 – Toronto At the Materials Summit, on December 1, 2015, participants will hear first-hand from industry leaders and experts about the new tools, programs and ideas surrounding building materials and their impact on human health and the environment. With the introduction of LEED v4, there is greater demand and commitment to phase out materials which have negative human and environmental impact, with particular focus on the life-cycle and repurposing of materials. All building owners, operators, managers and tenants, product

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.

manufacturers and suppliers, designers, builders and manufacturers will find this Summit highly beneficial as they procure new products and build and maintain lowimpact buildings. Construct Canada

December 2-4, 2015 – Metro Toronto Convention Centre The Buildings Show, the leader in sourcing, networking and education for the North American design, construction and real estate community, brings together Construct Canada, PM Expo, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, World of Concrete Pavilion, and IIDEXCanada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, December 2 – 4, 2015. With continuing strong market interest in sustainability and energy and environmentally-efficient buildings, this year’s seminar program will focus on processes, technologies and solutions that support energy efficiency, sustainable design, and high performance buildings. Browse the full Seminar Program and register today!

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

Upcoming Events + Workshops September 24

LEED Breakfast Series Session III – The Sustainable Data Landscape

October 6

Understanding the WELL Building Standard


October 6

One-on-One with WELL

October 13-14

LEED v4 Green Associate Study Course

Construct Canada Event

October 22

The CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala and Awards

Education Event

November 4

Biomass Energy from Wood ‘Waste’

CaGBC National Event

November 12

LEED Breakfast Series Session IV: Smart and Connected Buildings

Networking Event

December 1

Materials Summit

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Canada and the

WELL Building Standard As the average person now spends more than 90 percent of their time indoors,


understanding how the built environment protects and supports human health

increasingly positioned itself within the health and wellness

is not only critical, but it presents a major opportunity. This is because healthy

conversation, with LEED as the catalyst, along with the

indoor environments can reduce toxic exposure, improve ventilation rates,

Living Building Challenge, Active Design Guidelines and

support healthy eating and physical activity, enhance ergonomics, maximize

others. Yet, there was a need to move beyond indoor

daylighting and biophilic exposure, and allow for both focused group work and

environmental quality issues to include whole-person

recovery time - to name just some of the benefits. Given this, the environments

health such as physical fitness, nourishment, mental health

where we live, work, play and learn should enable us to more easily make these

and wellness, and to support healthy behavior choices. If,

healthy choices.

after all, even with optimal air quality, you are still battling








constant interruptions, glare from sunlight and temperature regulation issues, compounded by a lack of healthy food options and no opportunity for physical activity breaks – the human body will be affected in other ways.

A Path Toward Health and Wellness In 2014, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) released the WELL Building Standard® (WELL) to address this exact need through a holistic approach. As the world’s first building standard to focus exclusively on enhancing people’s health and well-being through the built environment, WELL sets forth a path for designing buildings that support wellness while educating and engaging the design and health industries about the importance of building design on health. The culmination of seven years of rigorous research and development working with leading physicians, scientists and industry professionals, WELL is a performance-based certification system that marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research.

WELL is like a NUTRITION LABEL for your building. WELL shows the ingredients that go into a healthy building, home or neighborhood. Copyright© 2015 by Delos Living LLC. All rights reserved [1].


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Projects earn WELL Certification by achieving features in seven categories of building performance – air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort, and mind. Each WELL Feature is designed to address issues that impact the health, comfort or knowledge of occupants through design, operations and behavior. The WELL Building Standard can be applied across many real estate sectors, with WELL v1 optimized for commercial and institutional office buildings. WELL is further organized into Project Typologies of New and Existing Buildings, New and Existing Interiors, and Core and Shell, which account for specific considerations that are unique to a particular building type. Pilot Programs are also available for market sectors including retail, multi-family residential, education, restaurant, and commercial kitchen projects. The Seven Concepts of the WELL Building Standard. WELL measures attributes of buildings that impact occupant health by looking at seven factors, or Concepts. Copyright© 2015 by Delos Living LLC. All rights reserved [2].


3 Copyright© 2015 by Delos Living LLC. All rights reserved [3].

WELL + LEED WELL and LEED complement each other in the optimization of healthy and

best possible outcomes for environmental sustainability, and

high performance environments. IWBI welcomes projects to pursue LEED

WELL maximizes the potential for supporting human health

alongside WELL in order to promote both environmental sustainability

and wellness.

and human health. LEED certification is important for achieving the

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The WELL Building Standard in Canada On June 9, at the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC)

To start this progression into

annual national conference, Building Lasting Change, President

Canada, the CaGBC is working with

and CEO Thomas Mueller announced that CaGBC would be

IWBI and the U.S. Green Building

working with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) to promote

Council to provide the first series

and advance WELL in Canada, saying, “We have made a

of WELL Workshops in Canada

commitment to improving the environmental performance of

this fall. On October 6, green

buildings and homes, and now we also want to ensure that

building professionals in the GTA

buildings provide a healthy and productive environment for

will have their first opportunity to

occupants. The WELL standard is a timely addition to CaGBC’s

attend the one-day Understanding

programs, as health and wellness in the workplace is increasingly


recognized as an important element in attracting and retaining

workshop, which is designed to






help individuals understand the standard and how to successfully

This new agreement to bolster adoption of WELL in the

apply it to project work.

Canadian market comes at an exciting time, as approximately 15

Following the workshop there will be a One-on-One with WELL

million square feet of projects worldwide have already registered

reception. Anyone is welcome to attend

or certified through WELL. This builds on the more than 2,300 LEED projects already certified in Canada, creating tremendous

In addition, early research is being conducted to develop case studies

opportunity to place people at the heart of design, construction,

of WELL projects in Canada to help demonstrate the effectiveness of

operations and development decisions.

WELL, both as an investment and a benefit for building occupants.

The WELL Building Standard is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on the health and wellness of the people in the buildings. Copyright© 2015 by Delos Living LLC. All rights reserved [4].

WELL Building Project Case Study – TD Centre, Toronto TD Bank Group is the first organization in Canada to register

TD’s pursuit of WELL Certification builds upon its already well-established

to pursue WELL Certification as a New and Existing Interiors

practices of incorporating health, wellness and sustainability into the

project. TD is piloting this approach in a renovation of corporate

design and operation of its office space. This latest project will incorporate

office space at its headquarters, TD Centre, in Toronto.

additional aspects of workplace wellness such as adjustable height workstations and ergonomic tools to improve comfort and promote movement throughout the day. Open work areas surrounding the


perimeter will allow an abundance of daylight to permeate the space, and task lighting at each desk offers the ability to modify light levels for optimum comfort. For times when a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the office is needed, a private room – dubbed the “Tranquility Lounge” – offers up quiet space and lounge seating. Some features, such as enhanced water filtration and improved air quality, will not be quite so obvious to occupants but will be identified through



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clever wellness signage and messaging throughout the space

For the additional ‘behind the scenes’ adjustments TD has partnered with Cadillac Fairview, owner and operator of TD Centre. Improvements to several base building systems and operations will support carbon filtration for the HVAC and detailed cleaning policies outlining operations schedules and equipment. To further support the health and wellness of employees, a WELL guide will provide information on the added features in the space, health benefits, assistance programs and other resources available. TD will use the learnings from past projects, this current pilot, and features of the WELL Building Standard to inform and guide health and wellness integration for future projects.

shows café filled with natural light and collaborative settings [5]. shows open work area filled with natural light and private/conference space close by [6]. touchdowns along the window provide views of the TD Centre green roof below as well as other active urban spaces outside of the towers [7]. PHOTOS: Tom Arban Photography Inc. www. tomarban.com.


Become an Industry Leader Recognized for Canada’s Health and Wellness WELL provides the opportunity to stand at the forefront of

and performance. To learn more about the WELL Building Standard

innovation in the sustainable and healthy building movement.

in Canada and upcoming education opportunities, please visit www.

Those who embrace WELL in Canada in its early stages

cagbc.org/WELLcertification. For more information on WELL, including

will be industry leaders, demonstrating their commitment to

the WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential, visit www.

placing health and wellness at the center of building design



8 The WELL certification process involves five steps. More information is available at WELLcertified.com/certification. Copyright© 2015 by Delos Living LLC. All rights reserved [8].

This piece was written in collaboration with Whitney Austin Gray, PhD, LEED AP, International WELL Building Institute; Renée Rietveld, Manager, Communications and Content Strategy, CaGBC; and Martha MacInnis, Design Director, Workplace Experience, TD Bank Group. FALL 2015 Toronto FOCUS 13

Canada Green Building Council Announces St. Marguerite d’Youville as the Greenest School in Canada Now in its second year, this annual competition seeks to find K-12 schools across the country that truly exemplify how sustainability can be woven into the infrastructure, culture and curriculum of a school.

to choose just one winner. The two winners were chosen because of the innovative and impressive ways they approach sustainability and engage their students and local community.

Schools from both rural and urban areas across Canada entered submissions based on criteria that examined the schools’ efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact; enhanced health and learning among students, teachers and staff; and emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation education.

Congratulations to the first place winners: St. Marguerite d’Youville in Hamilton, Ontario and Queen Elizabeth High School in Edmonton, Alberta. Congratulations also goes out to second place winner: Lord Shaughnessy High School Career and Technology Centre in Calgary, Alberta; and third place winner: Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School in Kitchener, Ontario. Read on for more information on our Ontario winners!

This year, the Greenest School in Canada jury was so impressed with the 2015 submissions that they were unable

St. Marguerite d’Youville in Hamilton, Ontario all images for st. margurite d’youville are courtesy of the St. Marguerite d’Youville School.

This Platinum certified Ontario EcoSchool in Hamilton, ON, is making real efforts to bring sustainability education to its young students by incorporating environmentalism into the curriculum and the school culture. All of the school’s environmental stewardship activities are student-driven and student voice is an important success criterion in the program, with energy and waste conservation as a main goal. The core of their approach to sustainability education is the breadth of activities they participate in, which include an outdoor classroom maintained by students where there is an emphasis on caring for the surrounding trees. The school reduces energy consumption through turning off un-needed lighting and electrical devices during the day, and student monitors walking around the school on the look-out for unnecessary energy use.


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The school has been able to reduce waste by 90% through the implementation of major recycling and composting programs, as well as daily litterless lunches and the banning of plastic water bottles. This means the school’s total waste is just one bag of garbage per day, with the rest going into a recycling or green bin. Among its other programs, there is a butterfly garden that encourages children to be outdoors and studying nature; field trips that include hiking, feeding birds, visiting the local compost facility, and identifying flora and fauna in the region; and Health EcoFairs where environmental and health community leaders set up booths and help promote best practices and healthy lifestyles to students, families and the community. Environmental stewardship and responsibility have evolved at St. Marguerite over the years and today’s students are dedicated, vocal and proactive leaders whose work is benefitting the whole community.

Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School in Kitchener, Ontario

courtesy of the KitchenerWaterloo Collegiate and Vocational School.

This 160-year-old school proves that any school can adapt and thrive in a

includes an urban farmyard, a greenhouse, a green roof and living

sustainable way. Emphasizing environmental engagement and education

wall, as well as community and sculpture gardens. A rainwater

to its population of over 1100 students, the school brings the natural and

harvesting project has also been used as a demonstration project.

agricultural features of the local region to the downtown core. This

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Greater Toronto

Chapter Members

Vote in Favour of Integrated Nationwide Model What Chapter Members can look forward to: increased local engagement Canada is a global leader in green building, largely

There is now an even greater opportunity for advocacy, engagement and change

due to the work of the members of the Canada Green

locally by being better equipped to support the Toronto market and represent

Building Council who have made major strides in the

regional interests at the national level. By having Chapter staff join an integrated

transformation of the Canadian industry over the last 12

team, resources will be better allocated to enable chapter teams to work even more

years. In fact, the U.S. Green Building Council recently

closely with regional communities that will help drive the market forward.

announced that Canada was the top country for LEED certified projects internationally for the second year in

With all of these changes, Chapter members can also be confident that they will

a row. Throughout this time of growth, the Chapters

receive the same high level of service from Chapter staff, and that local educational

of the Canada Green Building Council have played

programming and events, community participation and volunteer opportunities will

a crucial role in bringing the collective mission to all

continue and be enhanced moving forward.

corners of the country. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) itself is home to now over 500 LEED certified

Key elements of the nationwide model

projects, with hundreds more registered.

• The new integrated model would come into effect on January 1, 2016. Some of its key elements are that the Chapter Board will transition to becoming a Chapter

Despite these milestones, there is still much to be

Leadership Board with increased focus on strategic regional issues and will provide

done to advance green building across the country.

direction to staff to deliver events, programs and other initiatives that provide

This is why over the last year and a half, CaGBC

increased value for members and stakeholders.

National and the Chapters began exploring new ways

• The Chapter will have a representative on a newly formed nationwide committee

of working together to increase our mission impact.

to discuss and address regional challenges and opportunities, and contribute to the

This consultative process resulted in the design of

development of nationwide strategies.

an integrated nationwide model that would better

• The Chapter Executive Director will become an employee of the nationwide

support the needs of our members.

organization and be part of the CaGBC’s senior management team, but would remain located in the region.

Under the new model, the Chapters will continue to focus their efforts in supporting their local members,

There will be no immediate change to individual Chapter memberships. However,

providing advocacy and delivering programs and

under the new structure (starting in 2016) CaGBC member companies will be

events that address regional interests. The Chapter will

entitled to unlimited individual Chapter memberships in the Chapters of their choice.

also participate more actively in the development of

This change will increase and simplify access to local programming and events,

integrated strategies, in conjunction with National and

grow the community of green building practitioners, and widen networking and

other Chapters, to further advance green building in

business opportunities.

the region and across the country. The Greater Toronto Chapter is happy to be moving forward with the integrated This summer, the Greater Toronto Chapter and Atlantic

nationwide model and looks forward to working with current and new members in

Chapter members unanimously voted in favour of the

the coming year to hear what matters to you in our local market, so that we can

newly integrated nationwide model. Other CaGBC

work together to affect continued growth and change in the GTA.

Chapters will be voting on the model this fall.


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DecisionTheory One of the most important and often overlooked steps in the scientific method is formulating the hypothesis. It’s an art as much as a science because there’s an unlimited supply of options to choose from. Owners of large commercial buildings invariably reach a time when they need to decide on a major retrofit project to revitalize their asset. There are two important processes: the go/no-go decision, which demands a formal business analysis and, prior to this, the critical step of defining the question. And there are lots of questions: What is in scope? When should it happen? How will it impact the occupants? Which upgrades should be bundled together and which ones should be done in sequence? How will the market respond to the finished product? What will it cost? Bring in the consultants.

This is where integrated design-build teams can truly shine. A complete team includes experts in development, design, construction, and finance. They should be able to translate design intent into financial and environmental performance, and they should run through several iterations of inquiry and analysis before arriving at a solution. Greening our existing infrastructure requires that we pool our knowledge in order to find winning solutions. Here are some examples of this process in action: TIME TO GET FIT The owners of a stranded feed-in tariff (FIT) contract for a solar PV system were looking for a roof before their contract expired. We matched them up with the owner of a large industrial building and provided the necessary technical and financial analysis to enable a quick investment decision. The result is a new 250 kW solar rooftop adding green power to the grid. LIVE/WORK An energy retrofit for an office tower allowed us to repatriate a full mechanical penthouse floor into leasable space but the owner wasn’t sure whether to convert it into offices or high-end condos. The solution wasn’t obvious without more information, so we generated conceptual designs and market studies to help support the decision. In the end, they chose office with the confidence that they had duly considered many aspects of both options.


Morgan McDonald is Director of Operations with Ledcor Renew morgan.mcdonald@ledcor.com

top right: Solar rooftop at 505 Industrial Drive, Milton, ON. PHOTO: Ledcor.
 bottom right: Early design concept showing condos for repatriated mechanical penthouse. PHOTO: Ledcor.


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The Freedom to Walk and Cycle: Healthy Community Design in Ontario By Charles Gardner, MD, CCFP, MHSc, FRCPC Medical Officer of Health, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Most of us live in towns and cities, far from the demands of the wilderness; however, until our recent history, people lived in a closer relationship with nature. We were and still are genetically suited to thrive in that relationship. For our health, cities need to be designed to mimic much of nature’s provisions: physical activity, clean air, healthy nutrition and inviting green spaces. Unfortunately much of our community design has resulted in increasing obesity, diabetes and other related chronic diseases.


Our communities should be designed to help us get the physical activity we need – a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to high intensity activity five days a week for health, and as much as 60 to 90 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week to lose or maintain weight loss.


Benefits include reduced heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis,

depression and overall mortality.

1 A lack of shoulder or sidewalk on many roads discourages commuters from taking healthier forms of transportation, thus exacerbating the influx of chronic diseases like diabetes PHOTO: Dr. Charles Gardner [1].

2 Community design that provides work, school, shopping and services close to home with options for cycling, walking and public transit can also improve health by reducing injuries and improving air quality. Safety improves with increases in active transportation, as demonstrated bythe Netherlands’very high walking and cycling rates (6 times higher) and very low injury rates from these modes (60 times lower) compared to the United States 3. Ontario has a long way to go before it achieves the cycling cultures of northern European countries, or even of Quebec’s Route Verte. However there have been positive developments such as the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail, and 28 Ontario communities


are now recognized as cycling friendly by Share the Road Cycling Coalition. More is coming with the implementation of Places to Grow, the provincial CycleOn strategy, and the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act. The research on the built environment and health has grown exponentially in recent years. As a result, many local public health agencies are working closely with community planners to makeour communities healthier. Each day as I enjoy my cycle commute in my home city of Barrie, Ontario, I anticipate a more cycle-friendly future.


1 Improving Health by Design in the Greater Toronto – Hamilton Area: A Report of the Medical Officers of Health in the GTHA.Mowat D., et al. May 2014, 2nd Edition. 2 Enhancing cycling safety in Ontario.2011, Ontario Medical Association. 3 Promoting Safe Walking and Cycling to Improve Pubic Health: Lessons from the Netherlands and Germany. Pucher, J, &Dijkstra, L. American Journal of Public Health. Public Health Matters, Sept 2003, Volume 93, No. 9.


Improving Health by Design in the Greater Toronto – Hamilton Area: A Report of the Medical Officers of Health in the GTHA. Mowat D., et al. May 2014, 2nd Edition [2]. Communities which provide extensive cycling and walking paths such as this one are proven to be healthier and happier. PHOTO: Dr. Charles Gardner [3]. Dr. Charles Gardiner enjoys an early morning bike ride on the way to the clinic - a part of his regular fitness routine. PHOTO: Dr. Charles Gardner [4].

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GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training continues to gain momentum in Canada! Since its introduction in North America in 2010, more than

and energy-efficient homes and offices. GPRO fills the ‘green gap’; now

6,000 participants have taken GPRO training. In Canada GPRO

everyone involved in a construction project will have foundational knowledge of

has sparked significant interest in a number of organizations

sustainable building practices. This certificate demonstrates that an individual

across several trade disciplines.

understands green building as it applies to his or her trade and will enhance that person’s ability to compete for and participate in green jobs.

This comprehensive green building training and certificate program was developed by the trades for the trades and

GPRO Canada is accredited under the Canadian Construction Association

teaches the people who build, renovate, and maintain

(CCA)’s National Gold Seal Certification Program and also allows participants to

buildings the principles of sustainability combined with trade-

earn valuable continuing education credits through GBCI and the AIA.

specific green construction knowledge. Contractors and subcontractors, building construction trades, and building operators and managers are the key audience for GPRO.

For questions on how GPRO will benefit you and/ or your organization,

GPRO Certificate Holders are poised to work in accordance

please contact Dana Sperling, Education Manager, Canada Green Building

with new regulations and to meet the expectations of owners

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Sustainable Healthcare Environments

and Patient Recovery Find out how these five hospitals in Southern Ontario created the perfect recipe for patient recovery and wellness, breaking down stigmas and reducing energy use and costs, all by creating a sustainably built environment. Name: Bridgepoint Active Healthcare LEED Certification Level: LEED NC Silver Green Features at a Glance:

Project Team:

• The hospital is performing 28% better than the MNECB Reference

Planning, Design and Compliance Architects:

Case building using a high performance HVAC system and building

Stantec Architecture / KPMB Architects


Design, Build, Finance and Maintain Architects:

• Low flow water fixtures achieve a 32% reduction in potable water use;

HDR Architecture / Diamond Schmitt Architects

• Drought resistant landscaping has cut irrigation water use by 50%;

Heritage Architects: ERA, Ventin Group

• A green roof terrace reduces the urban heat island effect and

Landscape Architects: PFS, MBTW

connects patients with nature with uplifting views of the city.

Constructors: PCL Constructors Canada Inc. Urban Designer: Urban Strategies Engineers: Stantec Consulting Ltd., The Mitchell Partnership, Soberman Engineering, Aercoustics Engineering Ltd. LEED Consultants: Stantec Consulting Ltd., Golder Associates Bridgepoint Active Healthcare is designed to meet the needs of those coping with complex chronic disease. In a setting inspired by nature, rehabilitation is fostered by motivating recovery through salutogenic design that connects with a person’s sense of physical and emotional well-being.

Bridgepoint: Tenth floor roof terrace with views of the city skyline and the Don Valley park system. photo: Tom Arban.

Name: Humber River Hospital LEED Certification Level: Targeting LEED NC Silver; on track for LEED NC Gold Green Features at a Glance:

Project Team:

• Green and white roofs help reduce the heat island affect in

Developer: Plenary Health

the community, and manage rain run-off and heat entering the

Architects: HDR Architecture Associates, Inc.,


Constructor: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

• Motion-sensitive lights and LED lighting reduces energy use;

Engineer: Smith and Anderson

• Windows made with ‘VIEW Dynamic Glass’ electronically tint

LEED Consultants: MMM Group

using global positioning and time of year programming, or patient

Structural Engineer: Halsall Associates

bedside computers provide shade and privacy;

Landscape Design: Quinn Design Associates

• 100% fresh air throughout the facility provides a healthy indoor environment; • The hospital aims to reduce CO2 by roughly 20,000 tons a year.


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The Humber River Hospital works to foster the connection between health, health care and the environment. This is the motivation behind implementing these green features leading to improved air quality, a healthier community, and a cleaner environment today, and for generations to come. Read the full article about Humber River’s green strategy at www. cagbctoronto.org/communications/chapter-publications.

Humber River: View of green and white roofs. photo: Andrew Aggerholm, Multimedia Specialist, Humber River Hospital.

Name: St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus LEED Certification Level: LEED NC Gold Green Features at a Glance:

Project Team:

• Space is provided for secure bicycle storage and shower facilities for staff,

Developer: Plenary Health;

as well as public transportation routes in close proximity to the building

Architects: Cannon Design;

supports the use of active and alternative transportation;

Constructors: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.;

• The mature grove of trees on the central and west portions of the Campus

Engineers: MMM Group Limited, Halsall Associates Limited;

have been preserved and over 500 new native and drought-resistant trees

LEED Consultants: MMM Group Limited

have been planted; • Water pollution is minimized with an extensive Storm Water Management

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s West 5th Campus is home

system and a cistern that uses rain water for irrigation of some of the

to regional specialized mental health services for South


Central Ontario, providing inpatient and outpatient care

• Indoor water use of the facility is reduced by over 35% with highly efficient

to those living with mental illness or addiction. The West

plumbing fixtures like low-flow toilets, faucets and showers;

5th Campus also has integrated medical outpatient clinics,

• Use of low-emitting materials during construction ensures improved indoor

diagnostic imaging services, administrative support services,

air quality after project completion;

and research and education facilities.

• Proactive waste planning during construction diverted 95% of construction materials from landfill.

By integrating inpatient and outpatient mental health programs alongside outpatient medical services, St. Joe’s is pioneering innovative models of care that will reduce stigma associated with mental illness and addiction. West 5th is a place of hope and healing, of relationships and partnerships, and of visionary care.

St. Joseph’s: The newly constructed building was brought up to the front of the property, enhancing connection with the surrounding community and access to public transportation. photo: Bjorg Magnea Architectural and Interior Photography.

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Name: Markham Stouffville Hospital 385,000 square-foot expansion LEED Certification Level: LEED NC Silver Green Features at a Glance:

Project Team:

• White roof membrane and green roof areas reflect heat, rather than

Architects: B+H Architects

absorbing it;

Constructors: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

• Exterior lighting designed to minimize light pollution onto neighbouring

Engineers: Aercoustics Engineering Ltd., Mulvey & Banani

properties and reduce impact on the night sky;

International Inc., Quinn Dressel Associates, The Mitchell

• 16% of materials utilized recycled content and 31% of material was

Partnership Inc.

manufactured and harvested within 800 km of the project, or within

Consultants: Bevan Consulting Inc.

2,400km if shipped by rail or water;

LEED Consultants: MMM Group Limited

• More than 90% of construction waste was diverted from landfill due to the recycling of project waste materials including concrete, metal, wood and

Markham Stouffville Hospital is the first hospital in Ontario


to build a central utility plant that supplies thermal energy,

• Installation of low-flow fixtures to achieve a water use reduction of 40%;

electricity and emergency power through Markham District

• Energy efficient technologies such as automatic lighting controls, and

Energy. “The original concept for the Markham Stouffville

efficient heating and cooling equipment, predict 37% energy reductions.

Hospital Redevelopment project was to create a health and wellness campus and with our recent LEED Silver achievement, we have reiterated this important goal. Our job is to heal those that enter our building and the environment in which they are in is crucial to this healing process.”

– Suman Bahl, Vice President, Capital Development

and Corporate Services.

Markham Stouffville Hospital – Building B, Markham Site. photo: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

Name: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – Phase 1 B LEED Certification Level: LEED NC Gold Green Features at a Glance:

Project Team:

• Transportation: access to public transit, secure storage for 86 bicycles,

Architects: Stantec Architecture Ltd.

13 electric vehicle parking spots;

Contractor: Carillion Health Solutions;

• Site: 42% more open space than zoning requirement, high albedo roofing

Engineers: Stantec Consulting Ltd.;

and green roofing to reduce heat island effect, 50% reduction in water use

LEED Consultants: Stantec Consulting Ltd.

due to drought resistant and water efficient plantings; • Systems: Water use reduction of 27% from LEED Baseline, energy usage

The Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is unique in

reduced by 31% from ASHRAE 90.1 standard;

its embrace of neighbourhood to normalize mental healthcare.

• Construction: 95% of construction waste diverted from landfill, recycled

Unlike other facilities, CAMH is integrated into city blocks as

and regional materials utilized, FSC certified wood, low VOC materials

part of a normalized residential environment while providing

employed, operable windows, lighting control zones.

safety, security and treatment with the objective of transitioning clients back to the community as thriving citizens. Interspersed within a community of housing, commercial buildings, cafés and galleries, the development consists of three buildings, an inpatient building, an outpatient building and a parking garage. With its sensitive approach to site, building design and use of the Recovery Model of Care, CAMH functions as a good neighbour in every sense of the phrase, contributing to the long-term vibrancy of one of Toronto’s most iconic neighbourhoods.

Entry lobby and reception of Bell Gateway Building including donor wall and custom art installation. photo: Courtesy of Stantec Architecture, Photography by Richard Johnson.


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Companies are listed by Product Category and by LEED Category in cases where they have products which can potentially help a project earn LEED points.

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and the Built Environment By Bill Browning, Terrapin Bright Green Biophilia—the innate human attraction to nature—is a concept that has been recognized for decades by the scientific and design communities, and intuitively for hundreds of years by the population at large. Biophilic design incorporates nature into the built environment. Green building traditionally focuses on costs of energy, water, and materials—all important topics. Yet, human costs are 112x greater than energy costs in the workplace (Browning, et al., 2012). Incorporating nature into the built environment is a sound economic investment that supports occupant wellbeing, improves productivity, and boosts the bottom line. The Economics of Biophilia. Photo: Terrapin Bright Green

Humans have evolved in the larger context of the natural environment, and we respond to these natural surroundings. As a result, we innately favor specific sensory interactions with nature and the spatial properties of natural landscapes (Wilson, 1984). Whether one is engaging with nature by walking through a park, interacting with animals, or having a view of greenery, biophilia has many applications that help transform mundane settings into stimulating environments. Now that more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, this has become an imperative design consideration. Carrot Common is an excellent example of biophilic design in an urban setting. Photo: Bill Browning.

Studies conducted by neuroscientists, psychologists, and endocrinologists have indicated the positive impact of nature interactions on productivity. For instance, neuroscientists have found that viewing complex, dynamic natural scenes is a pleasurable experience, whereas viewing scenes with less visual richness, such as a blank wall or a treeless street, trigger less pleasurable mental reactions (Biederman & Vessel, 2006).

References: Biederman, I., & Vessel, E. (2006). Perceptual Pleasure and the Brain. American Scientist, 94, 248-255. Browning, W., Labruto, L., Kallianpurkar, N., Ryan, C., Watson. S. & Knop, T., The Economics of Biophilia, Why Designing with Nature in Mind Make Financial Sense, Terrapin Bright Green LLC, 2012. Browning, W., Ryan, C., & Clancy, J., 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design, Improving Health & Well-Being in the Built Environment, Terrapin Bright Green, 2104. Kaplan, R., & Kaplan, S. (1989). The experience of nature: A psychological perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Park, B. J., Tsunetsugu, Y., Kasetani, T., Morikawa, T., Kagawa, T., & Miyazaki, Y. (2009). Physiological Effects of Forest Recreation in a Young Conifer Forest in Hinokage Town, Japan. Silva Fennica, 43(2), 291-301. Wilson, E. O. (1984). Biophilia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 26

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Studies in Japan (Park, et.al. 2010) found that walking through forest atmospheres decreases stress hormone levels, blood pressure, and heart rate compared to walking through urban areas. These studies support the Attention Restoration Theory (ART): that nature serves as a positive restorative environment for humans and is an effective platform for stress management, health promotion, psychotherapy, and disease deterrence (Kaplan and Kaplan, 1989). In other words, biophilia supports psychological, cognitive, and physiological health. Certain biophilic strategies have specific cognitive or physiological outcomes, so a designer must select interventions that will have the desired effects. Terrapin Bright Green’s paper 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design (Browning, et al., 2014) identifies patterns with proven health benefits to help guide designers in creating effective biophilic spaces. The patterns fall under three general categories:

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Nature in the Space Natural Analogues Nature of the Space

Nature in the Space addresses the direct, physical, and ephemeral presence of nature in a space or place. This can include plant life, water and animals, as well as breezes, sounds, scents and other natural elements. Common examples include potted plants, flowerbeds, bird feeders, butterfly gardens, water features, fountains, aquariums, courtyard gardens and green walls or vegetated roofs.

The green wall in the Corus Quay is a fantastic Nature in the Space intervention. Photo: Bill Browning.

Natural Analogues addresses organic, non-living and indirect evocations of nature. Such interventions can include objects, materials, colors, shapes, sequences and patterns found in nature, manifest as artwork, ornamentation, furniture, décor, and textiles in the built environment. Examples include mimicry of shells and leaves, furniture with organic shapes, and natural materials (e.g., wood planks, granite tabletops). Biophilic design is increasingly recognized as an important element in design. The tree-like columns and canopy (Natural Analogues) in Brookfield Place create a calming and captivating atmosphere. Photo: Bill Browning.

Nature of the Space addresses spatial configurations in nature. This includes our innate and learned desire to be able to see beyond our immediate surroundings, our fascination with the slightly dangerous or unknown; obscured views and revelatory moments; and sometimes even phobia-inducing properties when they include a trusted element of safety. It reminds us that occupant comfort, health, and happiness is crucial. Simply ensuring that spaces have views to the outside, contain plants, receive good daylighting or have decorative nature-inspired art all help create a more inviting, healthy environment. Biophilic design is not a luxury, it is a sound economic investment in our health and well-being.


For more information, please visit the Terrapin Bright Green website to view The Economics of Biophilia and 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design.

The greenroof on Toronto City Hall provides great views of the city while in a Photo: Bill Browning.

natural setting.

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Setting an example for sustainable health care facilities with assistance from Enbridge Gas Distribution: William Osler Health System and PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

top: An aerial view of the new William Osler Health System under construction in Brampton. PHOTO: William Osler Health System. RIght: The new William Osler Health System in Brampton will set the standard for energy performance. PHOTO: William Osler Health System.

In 2017, William Osler Health System will open a new hospital in Brampton that sets the standard for energy performance. Working in partnership with Plenary Health, PCL Constructors Canada Inc., the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, Infrastructure Ontario and a team of architects and engineers, they participated in the Enbridge Gas Distribution’s Savings by Design™ program to make it happen. Savings by Design™ (SBD) is a natural gas conservation program that helps builders to design and construct energy efficient buildings, through supportive expertise and financial incentives. “We’re trying to reduce expenses, so that 99% of our budget can go to

While the SBD program aims to help builders achieve energy

patient care,” says Ann Ford, Osler’s VP of Facilities & Redevelopment.

performance 25% better than the 2012 Ontario Building Code

“Hospitals tend to be high energy users because they operate 24/7 and

(OBC), Osler and PCL overachieved, making them the #1 per-

utilize heavy duty plant and medical equipment. It’s important for us to

forming healthcare facility to ever participate in the program,

be good corporate citizens and set an example.”

and #2 for participating builders overall.

The new building’s biggest energy saver is heating and cooling, thanks

“Osler and PCL are leaders in energy efficiency and they really

to the integration of a geo-thermal field system (which uses the earth’s

embraced it,” says Mary Sye, Enbridge Marketing & Program

natural core temperature to generate heat) combined with heat recovery

Manager, Commercial New Construction. “It demonstrates to

chillers. Better indoor air quality was also a priority, achieved through

other developers that this could be achieved.”


dedicated outdoor air systems – which is a guarantee that there is always a constant flow of fresh air from outside in individual offices and spaces. The building also makes excellent use of natural light. 28

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[1] The winning team of the Surrey Civic Centre, [left to right] Michael McDonald of Kasian Architects, Aubrey Kelly of Surrey City Development Corporation, and Chei-wei Tai of Moriyama & Teshima Architects, receiving their Award certificates from Doug Carter of Armtec representing sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI]. [2] George Cotaras of Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Architects receives the Award certificate for the Halifax Central Library on behalf of his firm and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects from Nadine Gudz representing sponsor Interface. [3] The client and design team of the winning Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office in Vancouver, [left to right] Sandy Treagus of Mountain Equipment Co-op and Greg Piccini, Ron Clay and Hugh Cochlin of Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc. receiving their Award certificate from Brian Hall of sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI]. [4] Larry Cook [left] and Larry Adams of NSDA Architects receive their Award certificate from Nadine Gudz representing sponsor Interface for the Kwayatsut Tower in Vancouver. [5] The client and design team receiving their Award certificates for the Sechelt Hospital and Expansion Renovations [l to r]: Glen Garrick of Fraser Health, Doug Carter of Armtec presenting for sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI], Susan Gushe of Perkins+Will Canada [and on behalf of the Farrow Partnership], and Larry Harder of Fraser Health. [6] Penny Martyn [left] of University of British Columbia and Jana Foit [centre] of Perkins+Will Canada accept their Award certificates from Nadine Gudz representing sponsor Interface for the Earth Sciences Building at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. [7] Stuart Elgie [left] of Stantec receives the Award certificate from Brian Hall of sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI] for the George Brown College Waterfront Campus in Toronto completed by Stantec Architecture | KPMB Architects in Joint Venture. [8] Chris Phillips [left] and Steven Gray of Greening Homes Ltd. receive their Award certificate for the winning residential project, the Beechwood Deep Energy Retrofit in Toronto, from Nadine Gudz representing sponsor Interface.

Our sincere thanks to all who entered the 2015 Canadian Green Building Awards.


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