Sustainable Features

The CEIE will boast some of the most sustainable design strategies to maximize energy efficiency. This includes:

  • drawing daylight deep into the building, reducing artificial lighting;
  • rainwater collection and retention; and
  • advanced air delivery systems.

Together, these systems and design choices will make the CEIE one of the most energy-efficient buildings at the University of Toronto, targeting 100 kWh/m2 per year of electricity usage (comparable buildings on campus use in the range of 200–300 kWh/m2). The CEIE will also meet or exceed many of the Tier 2 Toronto Green Standard performance measures for sustainable site and building design.

CEIE Building: Sustainable Features

CEIE Building: Sustainable Features


arrowThe advanced air delivery system will distribute conditioned air from under-floor ducts throughout the building, conserving cool air when needed and dispelling warm air in the summer months. Exhausted air will be subject to heat-recovery technologies. Building occupants will be able to control air distribution in their space to maximize comfort.

rainThe CEIE will collect rainwater for landscape irrigation. This water will address CEIE landscaping needs, as well as those of adjacent buildings.


photovolRooftop photovoltaic cells will harness the sun’s energy, generating 70 kWh of electricity annually. A series of skylights will draw natural light deep into the building, reducing dependence on artificial lighting.


sunPassive solar shading on the building’s exterior will leverage the seasonal angles of the sun as it transitions in the sky to minimize solar gain in the summer while maximizing solar gain in the winter. Each elevation of the building presents a different pattern of solar shading.


vibrationsMechanical equipment on the lower level features vibration isolation to reduce the transfer of vibration-generated noise into the building’s structure.


carThe underground parking level will accommodate 50 cars and 40 bicycles.


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