Toyota Canada ECPDC by the numbers:
Energy Use Intensity = 44 kWh/m2/yr (60%+ energy savings)
Thermal Energy Demand Intensity = 24 kWh/m2/yr
Embodied Carbon Intensity = 247 kgCO2e/m2
Water Savings = 234,345 litres/yr (31% savings)
To align with Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050, the new ECPDC facility introduced features designed to achieve zero carbon today, setting an example for all new Toyota facilities to come.
Building features such as geothermal heating and cooling, water savings from cistern rainwater collection and drought-resistant plants outdoors demonstrate a commitment to environmental sustainability – but they are also forward looking. Cooling capabilities were included during the design process through a geothermal heat pump system in-lieu of typical gas-fired air heating only units. Vertical and horizontal geothermal heat pump systems provide 93 per cent of the facility’s heating and cooling, reducing the need for natural gas heating. The approach adds resiliency and futureproofs the facility against warming temperatures and heatwaves – a key attraction as the geothermal system could ensure employee comfort and avoid any interruption or operations downtime.
Toyota Canada collaborated with its natural gas provider to optimize the facility design. The resulting targets were provided to the design and construction teams, with regular touch-bases throughout the process to ensure a holistic design that met Toyota Canada’s sustainability targets.
Among the innovative features is a smart, self-tinting electro-chromatic glass for the office area. This product eliminates glare, minimizes heat gain, and maximizes visible light in lieu of traditional glazing combined with interior manual blinds. The product enhances the building’s energy performance as well as employee wellness and experience.
Employees also benefit from a high-efficiency energy recovery ventilation and office-underfloor air system, which provides fresh air to the building and minimizes recirculation of stale air. Employees are also more comfortable thanks to an enhanced building envelope which provides higher insulation values and passive resiliency against extreme weather.
Other features of the design include adding a 965 kW rooftop solar panel array that generates 1153 MWh annually, providing all the carbon offsets needed on-site, and a rainwater cistern that collects rainwater for washroom toilets, lowering water usage dramatically. Also included in the building’s design are landscaping using drought resistant plants, outdoor trails and a robust recycling program – features which ultimately limit the facility’s overall environmental impacts.