Building Green in the Heart of Toronto

March 24, 2015

The MaRS Phase 2 tower project is built to accommodate cutting edge research and innovation in the field of medicine and wellness. Recently awarded LEED-Gold certification, MaRS marries utility with sustainability; a downtown workspace that improves the skyline both in its design and function.

Our MaRS Phase 2 team prioritized sustainability and tenant comfort throughout the design process. The MaRS Phase 2 tower:

  • Achieves a 25% energy consumption reduction relative to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) reference building, Canada’s benchmark for sustainable buildings
  • Achieves a 41% reduction in design energy cost relative to the MNECB reference building
  • Is made of 43.62% regionally manufactured and extracted construction materials
  • Grants building occupants direct lines of sight to perimeter glazing in 96% of regularly-occupied areas
  • Has 108% of its effective roof area covered in high-albedo roofing (highly reflective material that improves heating/cooling efficiencies)
  • Diverted 89.6% of construction, demolition and land-clearing waste to uses other than landfill through a waste management plan initiated during the design process

The final product is an energy-efficient building at the heart of Toronto’s Discovery District that has been designed to perform while also providing tenant comfort. 

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