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Canada Green Building Council Honours Three Innovative WSP projects

On October 12 at the annual gala hosted by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Greater Toronto Chapter, our clients received three Innovation in LEED awards for our projects: Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Google Canada's Engineering & Development Headquarters (Phase 1) in Kitchener-Waterloo and Royal Bank Plaza in Toronto. The annual awards are presented to the projects and people that demonstrate excellence in green building and sustainability in the Greater Toronto Area.


Take a look at these notable projects acknowledged by the CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter:

Humber River Hospital

Humber River Hospital (HRH) is designed to be among the most energy efficient hospitals in North America, achieving a predicted energy cost reduction of 40% compared to the ASHRAE 2007 baseline, and 47% lower energy use than the Energy Star Portfolio Manager Canada benchmark for hospitals.

HRH achieves 33 percent lower water consumption compared to baseline through a combination of low-flow fixtures and rainwater collection for irrigation, saving approximately 450,000 litres of potable water each year baseline. 

The building design facilitates patient access to daylight and views from the majority of areas in order to provide an optimal environment for wellness and healing. Landscaping and garden roofs provide additional access to natural vegetation to promote health and wellness.


Google Canada's Engineering & Development Team Headquarters

Phase 1 of Google’s new Canadian engineering and development headquarters in Kitchener-Waterloo achieved LEED v4 ID+C Silver certification, one of the first in Canada to pursue (and achieve) LEED v4. Located in a redeveloped historic building, the office pioneers methods for sustainability through historic preservation, employee well-being, and an industry-leading healthy material selection process.

Healthy materials are a key priority for Google. As LEED Consultant, WSP ensured that every material went through a stringent, industry-leading healthy materials selection process to create a healthy and productive work environment that inspires and energizes Google’s employees.


Royal Bank Plaza

This landmark building in Toronto was the first bank tower complex in Canada to achieve LEED®-EB Gold certification under USGBC v2. WSP’s support continued throughout the recertification period, leading to Platinum certification five years later. Since 2008 our team has been providing technical support to the property’s operations and management team through retro and ongoing commissioning. In this time, we coordinated multiple major building retrofits to help save over $1.2M in utility costs and reduce water use by over 30%. We are continuing our work with Oxford to provide ongoing monitoring to maintain best-in-class performance for energy, water, outdoor air and waste.


About the Canada Green Building Council

The CaGBC awards development certifications aimed at encouraging sustainability excellence throughout Canada.