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Embodied emissions from extraction, manufacture, transport and installation of building construction materials account for more than 75% of carbon related emissions. Two ground-breaking studies were released this year on benchmarking embodied emissions from construction materials and practices in Ontario, a must read for regulators and policy makers to tackle this big issue:

Global Best Practices In Energy Policy & Zero Emissions Building Framework

As part of the Toronto Green Standard update and review, the City Planning Division in partnership with The Atmospheric Fund has undertaken a two-part study on global best practices in energy codes and standards and modelling for energy and GHG reduction targets to a 2030 zero emissions date. The consulting team included Integral Group, Morrison Hershfield and Provident Energy Management. The lead consultant Integral Group worked closely with the City’s expert advisory committee to develop robust and defensible targets and costing for five of the most commonly constructed building archetypes in Toronto. Together Tier 1 through 4 provides Toronto’s proposed pathway to zero emissions buildings.

For a copy of the full Global Best Practices in Energy Policy Study contact Lisa King at

Read the full Zero Emissions Building Framework final report

Achieving the Toronto Green Standard contributes towards LEED certification and the achievement of other voluntary rating systems and standards. The TGS v4 Sustainability Standards Crosswalk sets out the similarities and differences between the Toronto Green Standard and LEED v4.1 BD&C, CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Standard and Passive House standards.