Toronto the Retrofit Capital of North America

Reskinning in process
Toronto is in an exciting position of turning the city around and becoming the retrofit capital of North America. If we get this right, we will lead the way in bringing cities and obsolete office towers into the 21st eco-friendly century.

Using a technology called “reskinning,” office towers will be given a new, energy-saving outer layer — a thermal barrier composed of new materials like solar panels and media walls.

On May 11, Zerofootprint — a nonprofit organization working with companies to reduce their carbon footprint — will launch an international re-skinning competition to dramatically re-skin one of Toronto’s aging high-rises. For more information, please see CBC Radio’s Green Grows Up series.

  • 2/3 of total waste is generated from workplaces
  • 54% of all CO2 emissions come from buildings
  • Toronto has 250M square feet of office space

This is an exciting project during a time of financial crisis and will bring many jobs to Toronto and the GTA. To learn more, download Greening Greater Toronto from the Toronto City Summit Alliance.

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2 thoughts on “Toronto the Retrofit Capital of North America

  1. Josh says:

    You are right that so much can be done through green retrofits. Shiny new LEED-certified buildings are great, but the bigger issue are the existing ones that were built 30, 40 even 50 years ago. Nice to see the shout-out to Greening Greater Toronto, an organization we at Environics work with on a number of initiatives. On May 12, GGT hosts the Greening Greater Toronto Marketplace, where innovative companies can showcase their “in market” green products and services to 100+ procurement executives. The goal is to do something about the fact that commercial and public sector organizations create 64 percent of the Toronto region’s waste, over 70 percent of the total waste going to landfill, and almost half of the region’s carbon emissions.

  2. Thanks for this insightful comment, Josh ~ Love to see progressive companies working together towards a better future ~ it’s very encouraging. Will keep an eye out for press coverage on the May 12 GGT Marketplace ~ maybe you could send me a link or point me in the right direction.

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