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ERA & CaGBC: Sustainable Development

Late last month, on Thursday April 26th, the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Green Building Council met for their annual Spring Open event. Hosted at the newly opened EY Tower downtown, the event included a series of rapid and informative presentations known as the event’s “Building Blitz” —highlighting the newest and most sustainable buildings in Southern Ontario.

ERA’s Shelley Ludman was invited to speak about the adaptive reuse of 158 Sterling Road, the new home of Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). We were honoured to present on the often overlooked importance of adaptive reuse as a strategy for a sustainable future.

Other presentations included: 

  • 80 Atlantic Avenue, Presented by Quadrangle
  • Zero House at the Endeavour Centre, Presented by Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science
  • Kiln Building at Evergreen Brick Works, Presented by LGA Architectural Partners
  • University of Toronto – The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Presented by Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. 
  • York University Student Centre, Presented by CannonDesign

National Housing Strategy Forwards Tower Renewal

This month ERA Principal Graeme Stewart joined federal, provincial and municipal leaders at the launch of the first round of National Housing Strategy programs, kicking off a new era for housing in Canada.

As a major step in catalyzing Tower Renewal, the National Housing Co-Investment Fund’s ‘Repair and Renewal’ stream targets the repair of 240,000 units, with $2.26 billion in capital contributions and $3.46 billion in low-cost, long-term loans. This stream will help to catalyze Tower Renewal across the country, benefiting Canadians living in both public and privately-owned housing.

These programs represent significant investments toward the preservation of existing housing, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through retrofits, and the crucial maintenance of this stock’s affordability and ongoing social sustainability.

The Tower Renewal Partnership, a collaborative led by the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal, welcomes these new programs and their potential to catalyse major shifts nation-wide toward the renewal of Canada’s aging housing stock. In the coming months, the TRP will continue to work with a broad cross-section of stakeholders — including residents, owners, industry, nonprofits, and governments — to demonstrate the potential of renewal projects to lead the way in envisioning healthy, secure, and affordable housing for all Canadians.