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.

Natalia Ortiz Moreno

Natalia Ortiz, student of Project Management Environmental (PME) program in Seneca Polytechnic, has an Environmental Engineering background completed at Universidad El Bosque in Colombia. She has always been involved in sustainability roles and projects that included Environmental Management Systems implementation, Water Treatment Systems’ design and operation, Hazardous and Conventional Waste management and minimization practices, as well as Ecosystem’s Conservation and Energy
Efficiency programs.

For the PME – Applied Project Management Course, Natalia developed a Green Roof Assessment Tool for Seneca Polytechnic’s Office of Sustainability, with the aim to provide green roof technology recommendations best suited to a particular scenario, taking into consideration multiple aspects of green roofs and buildings; infrastructure, design, materials, environmental factors, and costs, as well as the Toronto Municipal Code – Green Roof bylaw. Natalia also has a scientific journal publication as the main author of the project “Selection and sizing of industrial wastewater treatment units required at the
new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) aircraft facility owned by Avianca S.A. in Rionegro Antioquia” in the El Bosque University Journal of Technology.

Natalia strongly believes there are several research topics left to be developed, and the importance of
working towards Sustainability from different backgrounds, knowledge, and cultures to build strong, productive, and resilient communities.
With the vision of growing cities and infrastructure along with nature, always preserving and respecting the ecosystems’ attributes and services, Natalia would like to keep researching and acquiring more experience in Sustainability roles.

Emily Smit

Emily is a second-year PhD student in Geography at the University of Toronto, and a co-operator of a small home renovation company, Magnus Home Improvements. Her research seeks to determine how single-family homes can quickly and best be retrofit to achieve Toronto’s emissions reductions targets – including net-zero by 2040 – as part of the TransformTO climate action plan. Specifically, she will assess the impact of municipal home energy reporting and disclosure programs, as well as produce recommendations for growing the retrofit labour force in ways that attend to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Further, her research seeks to understand how home retrofit activities can be regenerative and produce net-positive impacts for humans and the environment towards transformative, place-based sustainability. When not at her computer, Emily can be found cycling with her kids to and from school or making funky sounds on her analog synthesizer.

Bofa Udisi

Bofa is a sustainability professional with over seven years in the energy and environment industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Petroleum Studies from Novena University in Nigeria and graduate certificates in Energy Management and Environmental Project Management from Seneca College in Toronto. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Environment and Business degree. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Building Science program at Toronto Metropolitan University, researching whole-life carbon reduction in new construction and building renovations.

Bofa‘s work experience is primarily in the built environment, working in the private and public sectors in roles that involve structural and environmental assessment of building structures, HVAC engineering design and sales, and facilities management. Bofa is a member of several industry associations, such as the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). SBC’s bursary will go a long way in supporting Bofa‘s research and his desire to learn.