The Selby is a 50-storey, 502-unit residential rental apartment located in Toronto’s downtown St. Jamestown neighbourhood. Clad in red masonry, the tower houses retail at grade inside the restored heritage Gooderham Mansion. The building successfully achieved the Toronto Green Standard Tier 2, V2 requirements and is targeting LEED Gold certification in 2020. The building’s sustainability elements promote occupant well-being while maximizing energy and water performance.
This Toronto Green Standard Tier 2 and LEED® Gold Canada Candidate building includes:
A total of 508 bicycle storage spaces are provided outdoors and inside the underground garage.
5 parking spaces are provided for electric vehicle charging stations.
The green roof located on the mechanical penthouse features drought tolerant plant species, which reduce the need for irrigation at its source and promote biodiversity.
High-efficiency irrigation technology and rainwater harvesting were implemented on site to eliminate the use of potable water.
Low flow plumbing fixtures were selected for installation to reduce potable water consumption by 38.5% compared to a building with conventional plumbing fixtures. This amounts to over 35.5 million litres of water saved annually.
The construction manager implemented a construction waste management plan which successfully diverted 85% of all construction waste from landfill. Most of the waste generated on site during construction was recycled.
Each suite is equipped with an energy recovery ventilator (ERV). The ERV allows the delivery of fresh outdoor air directly into the suite through the vertical fan coil unit, while recovering 60-70% 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-VOC adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and flooring products were applied inside the building to reduce off-gassing and maintain occupant well-being.
Each floor is equipped with a sealed garbage chute room with a bi sorter, allowing residents to easily dispose of waste, recyclables, and organics.
Corridor and garage lights are controlled by occupancy sensors that turn lights off when areas are unoccupied. Suites are equipped with energy-efficient LED bulbs to maximize energy performance.
ENERGY STAR® appliances are standard in every suite and include a stainless-steel refrigerator, dishwasher and front-loading washing machine. ENERGY STAR® qualified products consume 30% less energy than their conventional counterparts, which helps residents save money on electricity.
Residents have full control over their thermal comfort. Each suite is equipped with a programmable Nest 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.
Each suite is equipped with three sub-meters. The meters measure thermal energy, electricity, and hot water consumption, which means residents are only billed for the energy they use.
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