118 Merchants' Wharf
118 Merchants’ Wharf

Aquabella Bayside Toronto (118 Merchants’ Wharf)

This project is the third of four mixed-use buildings within the Bayside Toronto Community.  It includes 174 luxury residential condominium suites with a city-owned childcare and retail at grade. The building successfully achieved the Toronto Green Standard Version Two Tier Two requirements and is on track to achieve LEED® Platinum certification. The building’s sustainability elements promote occupant well-being while maximizing energy and water performance.

  • Total Gross Area (Size): 25,730.86 m²
  • Building Type: Mixed-use building
  • Building Location: 118 Merchants’ Wharf
  • Project Website
  • Energy Savings kW h: 4,110,616 kW h (52 per cent cost saving vs. Model National Energy Code for Buildings 1997)
  • Energy Efficiency Performance: 13.51 per cent more energy efficient than the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB 2015 + SB-10)

This Toronto Green Standard Tier Two and LEED® Platinum Canada Candidate building includes:

Bike Storage

A total of 166 long term and 26 short term bicycle parking spaces are provided outdoors and inside the underground garage.

Electrical Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

29 parking spaces are equipped with electric vehicle charging stations. 59 additional parking spaces are equipped with EV-rough ins for future installation of charging stations.

Green Roof

The green roofs located at the amenity rooftop terrace and building rooftops feature drought tolerant and native plant species, which reduce the need for irrigation at its source and promote biodiversity.

High Efficiency Irrigation (50 per cent water use savings for irrigation)

Rainwater is captured from rooftops and terraces and is stored in the underground cistern before it is fed through a high-efficiency irrigation system. Reusing rainwater for irrigation eliminates the need for potable water.

Water Efficient Fixtures and Fittings (39 per cent better than Ontario Building Code standards)

Low-flow plumbing fixtures were selected for installation to reduce potable water consumption by 47 per cent compared to a building with conventional plumbing fixtures. This amounts to over 22 million litres of water saved annually!

Construction Waste Diversion (86 per cent Diverted)

A waste management plan was implemented throughout construction, which successfully diverted 90.7 per cent of all construction waste from landfill. Most of the waste generated on site during construction was recycled.

ERVs, Fan coils and Improved Air Quality

Each suite is equipped with an energy recovery ventilator (ERV). The ERV allows the delivery of fresh outdoor air directly into the suite, while recovering 60-70 per cent of the energy of outgoing air. Waste energy from stale air is used to warm up incoming air in winter and cool down incoming air in summer while recovering energy from the departing airstream and ensuring better indoor air quality for residents.

Low Emitting Materials

Low-VOC adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and flooring products were applied inside the building to reduce off-gassing and maintain occupant well-being.

Multi-Chute Recycling

Each floor is equipped with a sealed garbage chute room with a dedicated chute for recycling and a bi-sorter, allowing residents to easily dispose of waste and organics.

Key Energy Performance Measures include:

  • Opaque wall comprising of a mix of a rainscreen panel and spandrel panels
  • Window-to-wall ratio of 40 per cent
  • Double-pane glazing with low-E coating
  • High-efficiency condensing hot water boilers
  • Fluid cooler with variable speed fans
  • Water-cooled VRF system for year-round heating and cooling
  • Variable speed drives on all main circulation pumps
  • In-suite ERVs for fresh air delivery
  • MUA providing ventilation to the corridors and equipped with VFDs
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures

Programmable Thermostat

Each suite is equipped with a programmable digital thermostat, which residents can use to control temperature and airflow in the suite. The thermostat allows homeowners to set the temperature to their comfort level when at home and adjust for increased energy savings when they are away.

Suite Utilities

Each suite is equipped with sub-meters measuring electricity, hot and cold-water consumption. As well, commodity energy cost generated through operating the VRF system is tracked and allocated to each suite based on the suite fan coils heating and/or cooling time. This means residents are only billed for the exact time that their fan coil units spend in heating/cooling as well as electricity and water they use.

Building Developer/Owner

Tridel / Hines
4800 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M3H 5S9

Design Architect

Kanonbådsvej 8
DK-1437 Copenhagen K
T +45 7026 2648


Kirkor Architects & Planners
20 Martin Ross Avenue
Toronto, ON M3J 2K8

Landscape Architect

219 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M6K 3J1

Sustainability Consultant

EQ Building Performance Inc.
20 Floral Parkway
Concord, ON L4K 4R1

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer

MCW Consultants Ltd.
207 Queens Quay West, Suite 615
Toronto, ON M5J 1A7