Sustainability

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Waterfront Toronto asked for:

  • A new model for urban development that could encourage market transformation towards climate-positive city building

  • Pragmatic solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Sidewalk Labs proposed:

  • The use of highly insulated and airtight buildings supplied with renewable energy

  • Active monitoring and management of energy consumption in buildings, including using automatic schedulers to control blinds, lighting, and other systems

  • A transportation system that reduces the use of personal automobiles

  • Advanced systems to manage stormwater before entering municipal sewers

  • A vacuum waste system to decrease solid waste sent to landfill (paired with digital tools to encourage waste reduction and better sorting)

  • To capture sewer heat from Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant to heat buildings with fossil fuels and export excess waste heat to nearby neighbourhoods

Other elements of Sidewalk Labs’ proposals:

  • Sidewalk Labs indicates its strategies would reduce per capita GHG emissions by 85% at Quayside compared to the Toronto average and that these emissions could be reduced a further 4% if extended to the IDEA District

  • The creation of a new management entity called the Waterfront Sustainability Association (WSA) that would enforce service contracts with operators of sustainability systems. Some of the proposed systems are currently regulated (e.g. electricity distribution, stormwater management) while some are not (solid waste collection from commercial and multi-residential buildings) and none are typically administered by a district authority

  • There is no anticipated privatization of public roles or assets in the Sidewalk Labs proposals for Sustainability

  • Sidewalk Labs proposes they lead the preliminary design of these advanced systems and subsequently undertake competitive procurement to solicit private third-party operators

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Waterfront Toronto's Note to Reader Review:

  • Applying exemplary sustainability standards for buildings on public land is consistent with Waterfront Toronto’s Minimum Green Building Requirements, in effect since 2006

  • Sidewalk Labs proposes that these standards be updated to include Passive House energy targets, limits on greenhouse gas intensity, use of active energy management tools, use of sustainable materials, as well as obligations to connect to thermal and electrical grids to access low-carbon energy. These proposals are ambitious and well-aligned with existing practices

Waterfront Toronto’s early thinking on risks to consider:

  • Increased cost of infrastructure could affect the value of public lands and result in lower revenues to governments on the sale of those lands, in line with Waterfront Toronto’s business-as-usual approach

  • Feasibility of capturing Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant waste heat

  • Privacy implications of home automation and monitoring technologies

  • Governance complexities of the proposed Waterfront Sustainability Association

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