Green Building Tours

Welcome to Toronto! The economic capital of Canada is home to many of the country's most impressive green building projects. Plan to attend one of these great tours to get an inside look and gain a greater understanding of how and why these buildings, communities, technologies and the companies behind them contribute to the global fight against climate change.

This year we are pleased to offer five great pre-conference tours to choose from. These green building tours are NOT included with Building Lasting Change 2016 conference registrations.

All tours are $100 for CaGBC members and $125 for non-members.


Tour #1: Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre: Living Building Challenge and LEED NC Platinum Candidate

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Grab your hiking boots, jump on a guided bus and join us for a dynamic tour of the Bill Fisch ForestStewardship and Education Centre, the first building of its kind in Ontario. Participants will not only tour the facility, but also the grounds, working up a healthy appetite for a local, organic lunch (to be provided).

The facility is expected to join a short list of 12 buildings worldwide, in meeting Living Building Challenge (LBC) requirements, recognized as one of the world's strictest environmental certifications. The Regional Municipality of York engaged DIALOG to create a living building rooted in regenerative design. Cross sector collaboration and visionary brainstorming, generated creative architectural and technological solutions to meet the LBC ambitious design philosophies.

Throughout the entire building, you will see structure and function on display, making the building feel at times like a gallery of exemplary forest management. The building's natural and technological features, along with its geographical siting in the York Regional Forest on the Oak Ridges Moraine in the Town of Whitchurch Stouffville, is a showcase of York Region's commitment to sustainability.

As much as the building provides a functional educational and meeting space in the woods, its own characteristics that were inspired by the natural environment, transcend the walls and windows. The new Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre is truly an extension of the outdoors. It will captivate all who visit and deepen people's appreciation for the environmental legacy that continues to grow in the York Regional Forest.

Full Day Tour - Earn 4 GBCI CE hours

Departure Location: TBC
Departure Time: 10am
Return Time: 3:00pm



Tour #2: What's Next, Waterfront Toronto?

Join us for a tour of Toronto's rapidly changing Waterfront and learn about the next steps for one of the largest waterfront brownfield revitalization projects in the world!
Waterfront Toronto is the public advocate and steward of waterfront revitalization, mandated to deliver sustainable, mixed-use communities integrated with transit, parks and open spaces. Upon completion, the project will deliver communities that will house thousands of new residences and jobs, and hundreds of hectares of public parks and open space, making it one of the largest waterfront brownfield revitalization projects in the world.
This tour will take you through two of the waterfront precincts currently under development, the Central Waterfront and East Bayfront. The tour will start at the iconic WaveDecks which have expanded the public space available for people to enjoy their lakefront in a fun and whimsical way, and then travel east along the recently revitalized Queens Quay. Then, we'll continue on foot to the East Bayfront precinct – showcasing Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Common, the Water's Edge Promenade, the precinct’s commercial development, and learn about the residential buildings currently under construction and Waterfront Toronto’s other plans for the future.

Half Day Tour - Earn 3 GBCI CE hours

Departure Location: TBC
Departure Time: 8:30am
Return Time: 11:30am



Tour #3: Revitalizing Regent Park

Join us as we learn what it takes to go beyond bricks and mortar to build clean, safe homes for residents while creating vibrant communities where people can thrive. This walking tour will provide you with an overview and update of the Regent Park revitalizations – a major social housing community in downtown Toronto that is one of six communities currently being revitalized by Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCH) in partnership with the Daniels Corporation, a private sector developer.

By working together with the City of Toronto, Regent Park residents, neighbours, and private development partners, TCH is transforming aging housing infrastructure to build better homes, better neighbourhoods, and a better Toronto for all.

This walking tour will begin with a short presentation about Regent Park, a community mid-way through a 15-20 year revitalization process.

During the tour, participants will learn more about the project, which involves demolishing all existing buildings and replacing with new rental buildings, such as the LEED® Gold 80 Sackville and 1 Park Place; community facilities, such as the Toronto Birth Centre and Daniels Spectrum ; parks and recreational spaces, such as the Regent Park Athletic Grounds and the Aquatic Centre; and carving out space for community groups and initiatives such as Friends of Regent Park and the Reanimating the Streets initiative.

With nine active construction sites, 2016 will be the biggest year yet in the transformation of Regent Park.

Half Day Tour - Earn 3 GBCI CE  hours

Departure Location: TBC
Departure Time: 12:30pm
Return Time: 4:00pm



Tour #4: Canary District: Life after Pan Am

Join us as we explore the dynamic Canary District, previously the Pan Am Athlete's Village and currently Toronto's newest neighbourhood located just east of Downtown Toronto. This mixed-use development will allow approximately 4,000 residents to call it home.

The new community includes: a YMCA facility; a George Brown College student residence building; affordable housing; condominiums; retail in the ground floor of all the buildings; and two newly restored historical buildings. All buildings in this new neighbourhood are targeting LEED® Gold Certification.

From the Canary District, participants head over to Corktown Commons, one of Toronto's newest parks which integrates outdoor entertainment and its natural ecosystems into a common space to be enjoyed by the local residents.

Half Day Tour - Earn 3 GBCI CE hours

Departure Location: TBC
Departure Time: 8:30am
Return Time: 11:30am



Tour #5: Sustainable Buildings' Technologies

Ever wonder what it would be like to marry sustainable buildings with sustainable technologies? Find out how two of Toronto's foremost leaders in the industry do it!

Stop One: Cisco Canada's Headquarters: Visit Cisco Canada's new Headquarters, housed in Oxford Properties' LEED® Platinum (targeted as of January 2016) RBC WaterPark Place. Cisco occupies 100,000 square feet, and is targeting LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors certification.

Visitors will see how the application of Cisco's technology has led to a dramatic reduction in required real estate footprint, as well as innovative use of technology such as power-over-Ethernet LED lighting. Home to the Cisco Innovation Centre where the next generation of applications that will drive more value and reduce the real estate footprint are being tested. See firsthand how the smart, green office of the future will work.

Stop Two: 25 York: Learn the process behind the application, the installation of the technology, occupant interaction, the behind-the-scenes flow of data (and early findings) into theLEED® Dynamic Plaque from the very first Canadian pioneers, Menkes Property Management Services! Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn best-practices during the tour of the LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance building.

Come see first-hand the key building processes that feed into the technology which updates the LEED Dynamic Plaque. Participants will see: the Enwave Room which uses deep lake water cooling and steam for heating and cooling; sensored garage indicators for parking spot way-finding; the mechanical room for LED light display, fresh air fans, generator, etc.; and finally, the Menkes Management Office for raised-flooring, automatic adjusting shades, fresh air floor vents and view of the Telus Community Rooftop Garden.

Half Day Tour - Earn 3 GBCI CE hours

Departure Location: TBC
Departure Time: 12:30pm
Return Time: 4:00pm