STLAi Helps Shape Toronto’s New Sustainable Innovation Park

On July 5th, STLAi Senior Associate Lei Chang was invited to be part of a group of York University Environmental Studies students as part of a one-day charette on sustainable housing prototypes to be developed at the  Kortright Centre’s Living City Campus.

The  Living City Campus is set to be the newest “BRE Innovation Park.” According to the BRE Canada Innovation Park website, BRE Innovation Parks are clusters of sustainable buildings meant to showcase and test  pioneering ideas and construction materials and methods in order to  “demonstrate how practical and affordable sustainability can be.”

The project site is located at Kortright Centre for Conservation, an environmental and renewable energy education and demonstration centre in Woodbridge, Ontario. As a pilot project, eight houses will be built to test and showcase sustainable best practices, new methods and materials suited to the Canadian built environment.

Lei joined Greg Latimer from LGA Architectural Partners, Paul Dowsett from and staff from Toronto & Region Conservation Authority to lead discussion groups to  inform the future design briefs for five housing prototypes. Lei’s group focused on affordable sustainability, while other groups looked at First Nations housing, assisted living and health and the aging population, passive houses and sustainable retrofits.

Affordable Sustainability Presentation
Affordable Sustainability Presentation

Lei provided her input regarding  green roof design and technologies, modular design and sustainable materials to help students become more aware of the sustainable design possibilities.

STLAi is looking forward to the next charette on the master planning of the Innovation Park at a future date.