5 High Performance Buildings Worth Celebrating

SBC recognized 5 high performance construction/retrofit projects as part of this year’s Green Building Festival.

Learn more about each of the buildings by clicking the “case study” link or by selecting “Download” below each of the high performance buildings:


Set in the heart of Liberty Village, 80 Atlantic is Toronto’s first new timber-frame commercial building to be built in a generation. Integrating natural and high-performance materials, it sets a new standard of development, offering high-design work environments and collaborative spaces. The Canadian grown pre-fabricated Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) and Glue-Laminated Timber (GLT) structure is highly sustainable featuring half the embodied carbon than the same building, if it had solely been designed in concrete.


Arch Lofts combine the architectural heritage of an existing church building with the modern appeal of a newly-constructed vestry with 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom lofts. The multi-unit residential building includes 40 units with an overall gross
floor area of 41,000 ft2.


Located in the heart of Ottawa’s Hintonburg neighbourhood, The Eddy combines 52 condo units with ground floor retail space with a design that reflects the surrounding dynamic and creative community. Typical suite layouts range from studio/eco-flats to 2-bedroom plans. Building features include automated underground parking, a shared rooftop terrace with barbecue, lounge, garden plots, and a bike room. The total building area (excluding underground parking) is approximately 46,800 sq. ft.


The Village of Eden Mills Community Hall Retrofit project is one of the most ambitious deep energy retrofits of a community-owned heritage building in Canada, conceived and implemented entirely by the local community. The retrofit of the over 100-year-old building reduced energy costs by 80%, energy use by 90% and carbon emissions by 94%, even while the Hall use increased.


R-Hauz’s R-Town is the first all wood, mass timber residential building in Ontario. This six-storey townhome building showcases R-Hauz’s scalable, customizable, pre-fabricated sustainable design for urban infill solutions.