Sustainable Buildings Canada 20th Anniversary
As a not-for-profit organization, we are a collective of leading sustainable building experts dedicated to helping the industry achieve higher levels of performance in both new and retrofit projects.
For 20 years, we have been delivering integrated design workshop and training sessions to help the building industry create more comprehensive, robust, and environmentally sustainable designs.
The integrated design process (IDP) is a collaborative process that focuses on the design, construction, operation, and occupancy of a building over its complete life cycle, identifying ways to achieve greater environmental performance as its key outcome
We’re an event-based organization – bringing together international sustainability thought leaders and offering attendees access to best-in-class techniques that are practical and cost effective
We continue to refine our custom workshops to be more effective for key stakeholders across Canada
Our programs are often subsidized by like-minded industry partners such as Enbridge, Natural Resources Canada and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and we continuously explore ways to broaden our reach and partnerships
20 Facts About SBC
Sustainable Buildings Canada was formed in 2003 by a group of people who, having spent their careers in the energy and building sectors, thought that significantly more could be done to reduce the environmental impact of buildings.2003
The annual Green Building Festival began in 2005 as a combined effort from SBC, the CUI, CaGBC (Toronto), and the TRCA.
The GBF brings together experts in energy efficiency, building science, and building management with architects, engineers, designers, and sustainability experts to hear and discuss a wide range of topics with a different theme every year.
Since it began, the GBF has hosted hundreds of speakers on a wide range of topics ranging from technical to inspirational.Watch GBF Presentations on YouTubeSeptember 2005
SBC worked with Enbridge to develop Savings by Design, an IDP-based program that brings together the many stakeholders in a building project for a holistic approach to improving building energy efficiency and design.
The program now has three streams (residential, commercial & multi-residential, and affordable housing) and has helped improve the energy efficiency of hundreds of projects.Savings by Design Website2012
Zancor Homes received the first Savings by Design program incentive of $100,000 for reducing energy consumption by 25% below code at their residential development in King City.April 2013
In partnership with Architecture 2030 and the Ontario Association of Architects, SBC formed Canada’s first 2030 District. This approach to climate action involves a community approach to emissions reductions by bringing together people and organizations within an urban area to foster collective efforts at energy efficiency.
The Toronto 2030 District is now an independent organization with its own Board of Directors and staff.Toronto 2030 District WebsiteMarch 2015
Originally created in the Netherlands, Energiesprong (Energy Leap) is a residential retrofit program with a focus on large-scale prefabricated solutions to energy efficiency.
SBC brought the program to Canada and worked with ONPHA, Posterity Group, Arborus Consulting, the Pembina Institute, and Natural Resources Canada to workshop the approach in Ottawa and Toronto.EnergieSprong DetailsJune 2016
In 2016, SBC hosted the annual 2030 District Summit, bringing delegates from around the world to Toronto.
Sessions included updates from 2030 Districts across North America, best practices on data collection and benchmarking, and recommendations of approaches to membership and fundraising.Read the Progress ReportsSeptember 2016
SBC launched Education and Training Bursaries with the intent to improve the environmental performance of the built environment through education, training and programming.
Three recipients every year are awarded $1,000 toward their education. More than 20 bursaries have been awarded since 2016.Read MoreJanuary 2016
The Energy COMPASS tool was developed by RWDI in partnership with OAA, Toronto 2030 District and SBC with funding from TAF and the IESO.
This tool provides streamlined energy benchmarking and reporting tool for new construction projects at the design stage.EnergyCOMPASS.designDecember 2018
In August 2020, SBC ran the first Better Buildings Boot Camp with more than 25 graduate students from Canadian universities.
The BBBC brings together subject matter experts, designers, building owners, and students for a week of detailed discussion and analysis of a proposed building.
Register or Learn MoreAugust 2020
2022 brought an image change for Sustainable Buildings Canada.
A new logo and updated website reflect the great changes in the building sector since SBC began.
SBC was engaged by the City of Toronto to deliver 8 integrated design workshops as part of the Deep Retrofit Challenge Program. These workshops focused on specific deep retrofit project opportunities in the office and multi-unit residential sectors. The project involved building condition assessments, energy modelling and subject matter led discussions with the proponent teams to identify measures and improvements that would result in a potential energy and GHG emissions reductions of 50% or more. In all cases, the workshops effectively identified practical measures that might be undertaken to achieve the goals of the programs which were proven out through the energy modelling activity.Learn more at the City of Toronto WebsiteJanuary 2023
SBC’s first charity bike ride was organized as a team for the Bike for Brain Health. Our team had a beautiful day to ride the 50km route on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway and raised more than $2000 for The Baycrest Foundation.Ride With Us Next Year!June 2023
We brought the original group back together to discuss the founding of Sustainable Buildings Canada, their feelings about what the organization has accomplished, and their hopes for the future.July 2023