LEED Gold Certification

Green Building with many windowsGreen buildings play an important role in sustainable development. Buildings account for a substantial portion of Canada's energy consumption, natural resources extraction, waste generation and carbon emissions.

In 2006, Waterfront Toronto developed its Minimum Green Building Requirements (MGBR). These apply to all building projects within our waterfront precincts and support the development of advanced, high performance buildings, as well as the adoption of sustainable lifestyle choices by residents and tenants. Leveraging one of the most internationally recognized green building standards in the world, the MGBR includes requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. At the time, LEED was still new to Canada and Gold certification was considered a stretch target intended to help transform the market. Our expectation is that the success of our MGBR will showcase the economic viability of green buildings, thereby driving and inspiring municipalities and developers outside of the waterfront to also require and reach for elevated levels of performance, creating a greener real estate industry.

In 2011, the MGBR was updated to better reflect current market conditions and to continue raising the bar on sustainability. Our energy efficiency requirement increased from 40% reduction in design energy cost relative to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings1 to 50%. This requires that energy savings be demonstrated in terms of current utility costs. New requirements, such as those supporting smart building design and electric vehicle infrastructure, as well as LEED credits for water efficient landscaping, water use reduction, and on-site renewable energy, were also added.

Significant operational improvements are achieved with high performance green buildings. Improved indoor air quality as a result of increased ventilation and the use of non-toxic products makes for healthier occupants and increased productivity for commercial buildings. Increases in energy and water efficiency result in buildings with lower maintenance and operating costs over time.

Status of LEED Certified Buildings on the waterfront: 

image showing status of LEED Gold and Platinum Buildings on the waterfront

Our Four LEED Gold Certified Buildings

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1The Model National Energy Code is a Canadian building standard that provides minimum energy efficiency requirements for buildings.