Green Building Tours

Select from these great green building tours to make the most of your visit to Toronto and Building Lasting Change 2014. Each tour is designed to showcase something special about Toronto's green building community. Continuing Education hours will be assigned to each tour and posted closer to the event.

All shuttles depart from the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West.

Please meet in the main lobby 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure.

Registration Closes at Midnight, Friday May 30

Some spots are still available. You may register on site prior to departure of tours, pending availability.

 


Tour #1 - Community Connection and Innovation (3 CE hours)

 

Description: 
The rejuvenation of the Regent Park community is a stunning success story built on a collaborative and consultative approach resulting in a mixed use development with its own local district energy supply and several LEED certified buildings.

 

Date: Monday, June 2
Time: Half Day Tour - 8:30 AM - 12 NOON
  Transportation: Shuttle departs at 8:30 AM SHARP!
Member Cost: $65
Non-member Cost: $80

 


Tour #2 - The Future of Healthcare and Education Facilities (3 CE hours)

 

Description:
  

Bridgepoint Hospital, now the largest facility of its kind in Canada, has built a brand new 680,000 sq ft LEED certified building which will house all of its patient care operations.  Administrative offices for the hospital are now located in the repurposed, restored and historic Don Jail building onsite.

From here the tour will head to the new Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (EFTO) headquarters which is targeting LEED Platinum.  EFTO’s ambition is to be the greenest and most energy efficient commercial office building in the City of Toronto and a model for others in the education sector to follow.

Date: Monday, June 2
Time: Half Day Tour - 8:30 AM - 12 NOON
Transportation: Shuttle departs at 8:30 AM SHARP!
  Member Cost: $65
Non-member Cost: $80
 

 


Tour #3 - Discovering Toronto's Waterfront and CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village (3 CE hours)

 

Description:
  

Toronto’s waterfront is undergoing a massive revitalization effort, with Waterfront Toronto leading the redevelopment of 800 hectares of underutilized land.  As public advocate and steward responsible for waterfront revitalization, Waterfront Toronto is working with residents, governments, and businesses to build spectacular public spaces and beautifully designed and sustainable, mixed-use communities.
 
This tour will showcase the collective efforts to date. Beginning in the East Bayfront Precinct, attendees will enjoy a tour of Sherbourne Common (winner of the CaGBC-GTC Innovation in LEED 2013 New Construction Award), Corus Quay, George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus and Sugar Beach. Highlights include insight into the stormwater management system built into the Sherbourne Common pavilion, which treats stormwater and water drawn from Lake Ontario, and a tour of the LEED Gold certified George Brown College campus.
 
The tour will then continue to the West Don Lands, site of Corktown Common, Underpass Park, River City, Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s (TCHC) newest buildings and the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village (under construction). Attendees will enjoy the beautiful views of Toronto’s skyline from the top of Corktown Common and will learn about the Flood Protection Landform on which the park is built – a novel engineering feature that provides flood protection to 210 hectares of downtown Toronto, including the financial district.
 
Ending at Underpass Park after a stroll by the new TCHC buildings and River City, attendees will get a true sense of the lively and sustainable neighbourhoods being created along Toronto’s new blue edge.

Date: Monday, June 2
   Time: Half Day Tour - 1 PM  4:30 PM
  Transportation: Shuttle departs at 1 PM SHARP!
  Member Cost: $65
Non-member Cost: $80
Sponsor: Waterfront Toronto

 


Tour #4 - Exploring Downtown Toronto's Best of LEED (3 CE hours)

Description:

This walking tour will kick off at the inspiring, newly constructed 750,000 sq ft LEED Gold targeted SickKids Hospital (Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning).  The tour will then continue to City Hall’s massive green roof, a public garden that breathes new life into a significant part of the square that has been off limits to the public for many years.

The group will then explore the financial district including the impressive LEED Gold and Platinum certified Cadillac Fairview TD Centre (winner of the CaGBC-GTC Innovation in LEED 2013 EB:O&M  Award) and the PwC Tower (targeting LEED Gold), as well as other large downtown corporate offices that have demonstrated impressive energy and water performance metrics as well as high levels of occupant satisfaction.

Date: Monday, June 2
   Time: Half Day Tour - 1 PM - 4:30 PM
Transportation: Walking Tour -  starts at 1 PM SHARP!
Member Cost: $65
Non-member Cost: $80
  Sponsor: Cadillac Fairview

 


Tour #5 - Home is where the Heart is (3 CE hours)

 

Description:
  

Many of Canada’s existing houses do not meet today’s building code standards for energy efficiency.  As utility rates continue to rise, there is a greater focus on sustainable renovations and remodeling of existing homes to significantly reduce GHG emissions.  This tour focuses on innovative designers, builders and developers who have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability through renovation and new construction (2 homes/townhouses).

Visit the home of John Bell, host of season two of The World’s Greenest Homes on the Discovery Channel. Bell gutted and retrofitted a home in midtown Toronto that saves $325 per month in energy savings. The home's green features - a high-velocity air handler, high-efficiency insulation, LED lighting, solar panels, drain water heat recovery (DWHR) system and more. Read more about the sustainable features of his home:

Date: Monday, June 2
   Time: Half Day Tour - 1 PM - 4:30 PM
  Transportation: Shuttle departs at 1 PM SHARP!
  Member Cost: $65
Non-member Cost: $80

 


 Tour #6 - The Living City (6 CE hours)

 

Description: 

The Living City Campus at the Kortright Centre for Conservation in Woodbridge is Canada’s largest education, demonstration and evaluation centre on green buildings and sustainable energy technologies.  The Living City Campus tour includes visits to:

  • The Restoration Service Building – Home to TRCA’s resource management, archaeology and conservation area recreation programs, and is Ontario’s first LEED Platinum facility.
  • Earth Rangers’ Centre – a LEED EB:O&M Platinum facility which features geothermal, radiant heating and cooling, extensive energy metering, monitoring and automation, in addition to 85kW of photovoltaic generation and onsite wastewater treatment.
  • Kortright Centre - which operates the LEED Platinum Archetype Sustainable homes, the Power Trip Trail - a renewable energy demonstration site with photovoltaic and wind turbine test facilities – and evaluation by TRCA’s Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program. 
Date: Monday, June 2
   Time: Full Day Tour 9 AM - 3 PM
Transportation: Shuttle departs at 9 AM SHARP!
Member Cost: $120
Non-member Cost: $140 
  Sponsors: Schneider Electric and Cisco