Charles Marshall, DIALOG Partner and engineer, spoke with UrbanToronto as part of their Explainer series, to look at how increased performance standards are driving changes to building design.
Toronto Green Standard (TGS) – the program that sets environmental performance standards for new buildings – will implement Version 4 as of May 1st, 2022. The TGS is a critical component of the City’s commitment to achieve zero emissions from new buildings by 2028 and reduce community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net zero by 2040.
Compared to Version 3, Version 4 requires developers to ensure new buildings have lower carbon emissions and consume less energy, while adding more green infrastructure and EV parking spots, as well as promoting native plant species.
Marshall, who has led sustainable design for some of DIALOG’s biggest projects including the 25-55 St Clair Avenue East Building Rehabilitation and the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre, outlines how Version 4 will create further impetus for designers and builders alike to combat climate change.