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Evergreen at the Brickworks, Toronto, Ontario

Innovative thinking was required to transform an abandoned 12-acre 19th century brick factory into an inspirational, environmentally-themed community landmark.


Client: Evergreen

Our client’s challenge

Located on a brownfield heritage site, the project was intended to provoke new thinking about urban sustainability and showcase green building technologies. WSP was engaged to create a sustainability strategy for the project and manage the LEED-NC Platinum certification of the Centre for Green Cities (CGC), the site’s lone new building.

Our approach

To significantly reduce resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions throughout construction and in operations, the LEED-NC platinum candidate incorporated a combination of strategies.

Key design features included a highly-insulated building envelope, natural ventilation, optimized energy and water use, increased controllability of heating, cooling and ventilation, and extensive rainwater capture and re-use.


CGC’s design energy cost is 57% better than predicted by the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB), achieving all LEED energy performance points. With its impressive performance and eye-catching design,  the CGC is a showpiece that links sustainability, culture and community together.

The building has won numerous awards, including the 2014 CaGBC Innovation in LEED Award and a Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award in 2013. National Geographic named Evergreen Brick Works as a top 10 finalist in its Geotourism Challenge 2009: Power of Place – Sustaining the Future of Designations.