September 25, 2015

Ecosystem Undertakes $4.2M Multi-Residential Energy Upgrade in Toronto

This week marked the official launch of a new energy retrofit project which will improve the carbon footprint and indoor environmental conditions for over 1,200 households. Three principal partners—Toronto Community Housing, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, and Ecosystem—are working together to achieve this ambitious $4.2M project.

Seven multi-unit apartment buildings that are managed by Toronto Community Housing will be upgraded to:

  • Reduce energy and water consumption by 20%
  • Cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30%
  • Improve comfort and safety for residents
  • Renew critical assets in the buildings
  • Reduce maintenance needs and operating costs.

Ecosystem was selected as the project’s design-build partner after successfully responding to a competitive request for proposals. Ecosystem will manage the project according to the Integrated Project Delivery approach, where stakeholders participate in structured charrettes to share ideas and align interests in order to deliver a project with greater value and added benefits.

The project is being financed by the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, and Ecosystem is providing guarantees for project costs and savings.

The project was officially launched in a press conference on September 22nd at 720 Trethewey Drive, a building managed by Toronto Community Housing.

The above photo shows several attendees (left to right): Guillaume Lavallée (Ecosystem’s Project Director), Julia Langer (Toronto Atmospheric Fund’s CEO), Ana Bailão (Toronto City Councillor), Frank Di Giorgio (Toronto City Councillor), and Sheila Penny (Vice President of Facilities Management for Toronto Community Housing).

“Supporting this partnership is one example of how the City is working hard to improve quality of life for Toronto Community Housing residents. The Toronto Atmospheric Fund investment will both improve affordable housing and reduce carbon emissions for the City. With further investment from all levels of government, I hope we can make this happen in Toronto Community Housing buildings across Toronto.”
— Ana Bailão, Toronto City Councillor and Housing Advocate
“Energy efficiency is the biggest, fastest and most cost-effective way to achieve deep carbon reductions and also a great impact investment opportunity. We are proud to be collaborating with Toronto Community Housing to improve the energy performance of their building portfolio and demonstrate the many benefits of taking action on climate change.”
— Julia Langer, CEO of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund
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