Toronto will host the 2011 Greenbuild Conference and Expo Oct. 4-7.
Toronto will host the 2011 Greenbuild Conference and Expo Oct. 4-7.

Whether you want to explore green buildings in Toronto's dynamic downtown, discover Canada's sustainable wineries in Niagara, or witness the future of sustainable healthcare facilities, there is a green building tour for you at the 2011 Greenbuild Conference. Half-day tours will be held Oct. 7 from 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Some of the residentially focused highlights include:

--Building High-Performance Infill Retrofit Homes
There are approximately 7 million existing homes in Canada, many of which do not meet today's building code standards for energy efficiency. As utility rates rise, there is a greater focus on sustainable renovations and remodeling of our existing houses to significantly reduce the country's GHG emissions. This tour will focus on three designers and builders who have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability by renovating their own homes as a model for others. Visit two homes that use the Passive House concept and one targeting LEED for Homes Silver. See sustainable features such as greywater and rainwater harvesting, a PAUL heat recovery system, and a green roof.

--Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
The green roofs and walls on this tour provide excellent examples of integrated design that improve the quality of life for inhabitants of the building and for the surrounding community. From providing food and biodiversity in an urban setting, to enhancing a building's air quality and improving on-site sustainable energy production, green roofs and walls provide dynamic and aesthetically pleasing components to green buildings. 

--High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Case Study Tour
Toronto has one of the greatest concentrations of high-rise multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) in North America. These buildings house more than one-third of the city's population and are responsible for more than 40% of the city's greenhouse gas emissions. Providing high-density housing, these buildings are an important resource that must be carefully managed with respect to energy consumption. This tour showcases four MURBs that have undergone energy-saving retrofits.

For more information about Greenbuild’s half-day tours, click here.