Sustainable ambition on Lake Ontario: Waterfront Toronto set to be North America’s largest green building undertaking
New Orleans, Louisiana October 22, 2014 – Larger than Lower Manhattan south of Houston Street, and four times the size of Monaco, the $4.4 billion, 1,977-acre, 40,000-residence Toronto waterfront revitalization project is intended to position the city and province of Ontario as a world leader in creating sustainable communities, with buildings and neighborhoods that aim to be among the greenest on the planet.
Members of the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance – a collective of regional and municipal economic development organizations across Ontario are attending Greenbuild 2014, a premier event for sustainable building, to attract more green technology talent to the province while showcasing the wares of 23 green building technology products and services companies – everything from Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) to water reuse solutions to hyper-efficient heat pumps.
“If you are thinking of starting, relocating, or expanding a green building, clean-energy, or clean-technology company, you need to consider Ontario, Canada’s most populous province,” said Sean Dyke, Director, Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance (SOMA), and Chair of the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance. “Ontario has Canada’s greatest concentration of environmental and clean-technology companies. According to the 2014 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report, 35 percent of clean-tech companies in Canada are located in Ontario. The province also generates 37 percent of Canada’s GDP and is home to nearly 50 percent of all employees in high-tech and knowledge-intensive industries.”
Waterfront Toronto’s Minimum Green Building Requirements (MGBR) mandate high performance buildings and smart technologies and define Waterfront Toronto’s vision for green building design and construction on Toronto’s massive waterfront project. They include the following criteria:
- buildings achieve superior levels of energy efficiency
- developers provide renewable energy generation on-site
- water conservation measures for buildings, suites and exterior landscaping needs be incorporated
- all parking garages include electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and EV charging stations within residential and commercial buildings
- every suite includes energy and water meters
- a large number of bicycle parking and storage spaces be provided in residential buildings at convenient and easily accessible locations
One recently announced Waterfront Toronto example that follows these green building requirements is by Tridel Group and the global property development company Hines. Their 12-storey, 231-suite residential condo project, Aquavista at Bayside, is aiming for a LEED-Platinum rating and is being designed by the prolific Miami-based architectural office Arquitectonica.
About the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance
The Ontario Clean Technology Alliance offers a highly educated workforce, excellent growth opportunities, a low-risk business environment, and generous R&D tax credits that are the envy of other countries. The Alliance includes Durham Region, Halton Region, Ottawa Region, City of Hamilton, Waterloo Region, Windsor-Essex, City of Guelph and the Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance. Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada as well as the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment are Alliance partners. For more information, go to http://www.ontariocleantechalliance.com