We have a diverse background and have worked on corporate, retail, mixed-use, residential, healthcare, hospitality, and educational projects. We have the capacity to advise teams on health and sustainability strategies for all of these project types. In addition, we have also acted as policy advisors and as designers for retrofit programs.
This award-winning 29-room five-star hotel is located in a remote location off the far far north-east coast of Newfoundland.
Not just an efficient building, this project is a community economic development initiative by the Shorefast Foundation so the Inn funds the local economy and houses a community library and art gallery, a cinema and a five-star restaurant.
One of the many goals of the project was to make the Inn as energy- and cost-efficient as possible so that maximum revenues could be used to support the community and be re-invested into, “Finding new ways for an old continuity,” as noted by Zita.
Our role was sustainability strategy consulting, for a complex project that went beyond healthy and sustainable building design and our strategy became a foundation for the design and decision-making process.
Winner of over sixteen local and international awards including recognition by Travel + Leisure, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, ICE, enroute Magazine, Tatler, HNL. (Quite frankly, we have trouble keeping the list up-to-date.)
Contact us to find out more about what we did for Fogo Island Inn and what we can do for you.
Humber River Hospital
This new $1.47-billion facility is lean, green and digital, leveraging the latest technology to improve safety, reliability, accuracy and efficiency. It was designed to consume approximately 41.8% less energy than typical new hospitals in Ontario, 20,000 equivalent savings in tonnes of CO2 due to green initiatives. The predicted reduction in operational costs was over $3 million annually with a simple payback of less than 7 years and it is arguably the most energy-efficient hospital in Canada.
In addition, this was one of the first hospitals in North America to target and meet the 2030 Challenge energy and carbon reduction goals. Winner of Engineering News Record’s Best Global Healthcare Project (2016). Gold Award, Modern Healthcare Design Award. CAGBC GTA Chapter Innovation Award Finalist 2017.
TowerWise Retrofit Project: Transforming Energy, Health and Comfort in Social Housing
We thrive when working with complex systems and we know how to create renovation contracts to ensure success.
We developed this groundbreaking prototype Request for Proposal (RFP) for the retrofit of seven highrise residential buildings for the City of Toronto, The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), and Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC).
The retrofits are being delivered by an Integrated Project Delivery process and are projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent and utility costs by 20 per cent, while creating a more comfortable and healthy living environment for the occupants.
Save energy. Reduce your carbon footprint. We look forward to helping you plan the renovations of your portfolio of buildings.
Winner of the 2016 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence (2016). CAGBC GTA Chapter Innovation Award Finalist 2017.
Our client was a holistic Dentist, and their mandate was green design that would promote a healthy lifestyle for multiple generations in the same home for aging-in-place. The first priority was build generous spaces that were well-insulated and day-lit.
The house was designed to capture the sun in the winter, and be shaded in the summer. Resiliency was also important. The home was built almost completely off-grid.
The result is a winning combination: an extraordinarily healthy place that had a low environmental impact that serves as a foundation for multiple generations and inspires the next generation to grow and learn how to make their own difference in the world.
First LEED Platinum House in the Greater Toronto Area.