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City of Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Green Standard and the Better Buildings Partnership – New Construction Program

The City of Toronto used the Toronto Green Standard (TGS) and the Better Buildings Partnership – New Construction program (BBP–NC) as a two-pronged approach to encourage sustainable building design and address several of the city’s environmental challenges. The TGS includes both mandatory and optional performance measures for sustainable building and landscape development. BBP–NC complements the TGS by providing incentives for energy-efficient building design. Together the programs encourage new developments in the city to exceed the energy efficiency standards of the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) by at least 25 per cent, reducing operating costs, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and infrastructure demands.

Toronto condominiums constructed under the BBP–NC program have achieved 45 per cent greater efficiency than the levels outlined in the MNECB, while office buildings have achieved up to 63 per cent greater efficiency. The return on investment for buildings that meet TGS specifications is 20 to 30 per cent. The combined implementation of the TGS and BBP–NC is expected to save the city approximately $1.2 billion in infrastructure expansion and health care costs over the next 25 years.

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