Emerging Green Builders Green Roof Bike Tour
Date: Saturday August 20, 2016
Starting Point: City Hall's Podium Green Roof 100 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2
On Saturday, August 20, 2016 Emerging Green Builders joined together as they tour Toronto's green roofs by BIKE. EGBs came to network with green building experts, be inspired by Toronto’s green roofs, and embrace pedal power.
The tour focused on buildings within the Greater Toronto Area with exceptional sustainable features, providing attendees with the opportunity to learn and be inspired.
Starting Location: City Hall's Podium Green Roof 100 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2
Please meet at the large Toronto sign in Nathan Phillips Square for registration.
City Hall's Podium Green Roof
Approximately 3,250 m2 (35,000 square feet) of concrete on the podium roof has been transformed into living vegetation to reduce the building’s environmental impact and for residents and visitors to enjoy all year around.
The Kooper Koo Family YMCA – Canary District
Brand new construction and fully accessible, having officially opened only a few months ago. The green roof was constructed by Restoration Gardens and local volunteers.
University of Toronto’s GRIT Lab
The Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory, or GRIT Lab, is located at the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. A platform for multidisciplinary collaboration, GRIT Lab links the fields of Landscape Architecture, Biology, Hydrology and Building science, with the goal of investigating the environmental performance associated with ‘green’ & ‘clean’ technologies such as green roofs, green walls, and photovoltaic arrays.
Ryerson Urban Farm
As participants move through the farm observing each crop rotation, guides will cover the following topics:
- History of the project
- Overview of green roof benefits
- Toronto’s green roof bylaw
- Converting the green roof to a farm
- Sustainable agriculture practices
- Farm design
- Integrated programming
- Education and engagement
Enwave: Deep Lake Water Cooling - John Street Pumping Station
Enwave is the largest provider of district cooling from a renewable resource in North America, with over 30 buildings connected to the system and capacity to serve an estimated 100 buildings.
Enwave’s Deep Lake Water Cooling system began operation in July 2004 and helps keep downtown Toronto buildings cool year-round while enhancing the supply of potable water with a clean water source, decreasing electrical demand and consumption, increasing employment opportunities, and helping businesses and Toronto residents reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve outdoor air quality.”