CECA UofT is currently hard at work for the 2017 Green Energy Challenge. In order to get a little inspiration, we’ve had a look at 10 Sustainable Buildings that can be found here in Toronto! Check them out below:


3-flynn-green-roof-td-2200x900_c.jpgOver 21,000 employees work at the Toronto-Dominion Centre making it Canada’s largest business complex. The complex is made up of 6 buildings which are all LEED Platinum certified thanks to numerous sustainable upgrades, including lighting retrofits, a 22,000 sq. ft. green roof, and numerous waste management programs. Learn More


Untitled-3Located at 31 Sussex Ave., the Gemini House is a research collaboration between the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. The complex project included the retrofit of a 1880s masonry home and explored numerous methods of low-energy housing. The main approach, deemed GEMINI NTED™, was to thermally isolate the building into two zones. The “core” zone included frequently used rooms requiring heating/cooling on a daily basis. The “periphery” zone included less used rooms which were thermally separated and could be warmed/cooled on demand. Learn More


promotionalimage-rpath-1200-0-medium-1484579300605.jpgGeorge Brown‘s 300,000 sq ft  LEED Gold Certified campus is located on Toronto’s waterfront and boosts numerous sustainable features. The campus utilizes low flow plumbing, an accessible green roof, and carbon dioxide sensors to monitor and control ventilation. Learn More


Untitled-3-Recovered999Designed by William Dewson Architects, 27 Farham Avenue is the first home to be LEED Platinum certified in the GTA. The home’s notable sustainable features include a solar array system, a permeable driveway and a geothermal system consisting of six 180-foot deep wells which supply heating and cooling. Learn More

5. RBC WaterPark Place III

Untitled-3..jpgLocated at 85 Harbour St., RBC WaterPark Place is certified as an LEED Core and Shell Platinum building. The building, completed in 2014, has implemented numerous sustainable features such as deep lake water cooling , a 7,500 sq ft green roof, heat reclamation, and high-efficiency condensing boilers.  Learn More

6. The Barrymore Building – Knoll Showroom

24380094134_13431cae1e_bBuilding-TC--698x364Built in 1912, the Barrymore Building was an industrial facility home to the Barrymore Furniture factory. Today, the building has been converted into numerous retail spaces and offices. The most notable is the LEED Platinum certified Knoll Showroom featuring numerous environmental design elements. The showroom maximizes the use of natural light and makes use of locally extracted and manufactured materials. Learn More 

7. GRIT Lab

gritgritThe Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory, or GRIT Lab for short, is located above the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at 230 College Street. Although the building itself is not notably sustainable, the state-of-the-art rooftop research facility investigates numerous sustainable technologies such as green roofs, green walls, and photovoltaic arrays. In total, the facility contains 33 green roof test beds, 3 green walls, 2 photovoltaic modules, a weather station, and over 300 sensors continuously collecting data. Learn More

8. 222 Jarvis Street Building Retrofit


In 2012, this brutalist style building underwent intensive renovations to create a light-filled sustainable workplace for the Ontario Government. The retrofit, designed by WSMH Architects, included the removal of parts of the building to create a new four-storey feature lobby. Energy-efficient glazing and mechanical and electrical upgrades also helped the building achieved an LEED Gold, Class-A rating. Learn More

9. The Berczy Condominiums

module_projects_gallery_photo_669photo.jpgDesigned by Young + Wright / IBI Group Architects, the Berczy Condominiums were completed in 2014 with LEED Gold Certification. The building incorporated environmental features such as highly efficient mechanical systems, a rooftop garden, and recycled building materials. Learn More

10. 20A Senlac Road

ffa41efc598b00eff8494eb65d79e77e20A Senlac Road is a home built entirely out of prefabricated modules, which can be fully assembled in approximately a week. This particular home included 6 modules which were shipped from Bristol, Indiana. Check out the installation sped up in the video above! The home is LEED Gold certified with low-flow plumbing fixtures, VOC-free paints, a solar array system, and a green roof. Learn More

What’s your favourite sustainable building in Toronto? Like us on Facebook and let us know!

Written by: Patrick Minardi


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