The following case studies detail mechanical systems changes and management strategies to improve building performance. Triple bottom line outcomes of reduced operating costs, improved resident satisfaction and increased asset value have been achieved in each case. The additional outcome of reducing greenhouse gas emissions helps to support the City of Toronto’s sustainability goals while improving the lives of all Torontonians.
One older high-rise apartment building demonstrates how replacing old windows can save energy, increase resident comfort and reduce maintenance issues.
The Shiplake Properties building at 45 Dunfield underwent a major retrofit recently of heating and hot water systems. This case study details the innovative redesign of building zoning and performance improvement strategies resulting in utility savings, improved resident comfort and service delivery.
4000 Lawrence, owned by CAPREIT, underwent a mechanical systems change-out over 14 years ago and, through a series of additional improvements to supporting systems and excellent management practice has maintained a performance standard that is number 1 amongst more than 200 buildings on the Tower Renewal Benchmark
O’Shanter Development Company has adopted a monitoring and management system that has led to a 30% reduction in natural gas consumption while streamlining maintenance practice and improving response times and resident comfort and service.
Homestead Land Holdings Limited has responded to the issue of envelope deterioration by adopting over-cladding as part of its building improvement strategy. This case study details their work along with that of Windsor Essex Community Housing and Lansdowne Properties in showing how over-cladding has reduced energy consumption, improved maintenance and resident comfort while adding significantly to ‘curb appeal’.