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Fogo Island Inn

This award-winning geotourism five-star resort is located in a remote location that is said to be one of the four corners of the Earth.

Not just an energy-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, and cinema.

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 Cobb, Founder of Shorefast Foundation.

End addiction to poorly-performing beautiful buildings and future proof your real estate assets like Fogo Island did.

Winner of over sixty-six local and international awards including recognition by Travel + Leisure, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, ICE, enroute Magazine, Tatler, HNL and, most recently ELITE Traveller Top 100. (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.

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. Winner of the GTA Chapter of the CaGBC’s Innovation Award, Fall 2017.

TowerWise Retrofit Project: Transforming Energy, Health and Comfort in Social Housing

The Atmospheric Fund and Toronto Community Housing partnered to dramatically reduce utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions in 1,237 homes across seven Toronto Community Housing buildings. Other project goals included improving comfort and air quality for residents while addressing deferred maintenance priorities. The project was substantially completed in March 2017. 

The retrofits were delivered by an Integrated Project Delivery process and verified outcomes include: 25% reduction in energy use and GHG emissions, 27% water savings, and a 50% increase in fresh air supplied to the buildings.

Winner of the 2016 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence (2016). CaGBC GTA Chapter Innovation Award Finalist 2017.

 
Affecting Change played a key role in the early stages of the project, helping to define the project objectives and develop the Request for Proposals used to select the winning design-build team Ecosystem Energy Services.

Colson House

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.

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