Item - 2013.PG25.10

Tracking Status

PG25.10 - Toronto Green Standard Review and Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council direct that the Toronto Green Standard Minimum Energy Performance standards for Mid-to-High Rise Residential and Non Residential be revised as follows:

 

a.         Tier One (GHG 1.1): Design the building(s) to exceed the energy efficiency requirements of the current Ontario Building Code by 15 percent;

 

b.         Tier Two (GHG 1.3): Design and construct the building(s) to achieve at least 25 percent energy efficiency improvement over the current Ontario Building Code.

 

2.         City Council adopt the revised Toronto Green Standard Tier 1 and Tier 2 performance measures as presented in Appendix A of the report (May 23, 2013) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning: Mid-High Rise Residential and Non Residential; and Appendix B of the report (May 23, 2013) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning: Low Rise Residential, as amended by Part 1 above, to be applied to new development applications under the Planning Act commencing January 1, 2014, subject to any necessary Official Plan and City-wide Site Plan Control By-law amendments.

 

3.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Chief Corporate Officer, to develop a comprehensive planning approach to address sustainable energy issues posed by development and report back to City Council with recommendations in 2014, taking into account:

 

a.         the results of the report on energy and electricity needs associated with growth requested by Council;

 

b.         the Toronto Regional Electricity Plan being prepared by Ontario Power Authority and Toronto Hydro;

 

c.         the results of further consultation with the Chief Building Official and Executive Director Toronto Building and stakeholders on increasing sustainable energy targets for new development;

 

d.          the Council-approved community-wide GHG reduction targets for 2020 and 2050; and

 

e.          global best practices in energy efficiency standards for buildings, including the use of Energy Use Intensity-based targets.

 

4.         City Council direct that City Agencies, Corporations and Divisions apply Tier 1 of the Toronto Green Standard,  as amended, as the minimum standard to all capital projects and Tier 2, as amended, at their discretion in requests for proposals effective immediately.

 

5.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Chief Corporate Officer to jointly undertake a cost benefit analysis of the application of Tier 2 of the Toronto Green Standard, as amended,  to all capital projects undertaken by the City's Agencies, Corporations and Divisions and report back on the findings and recommendations in 2014.

 

6.         City Council direct that, where technically and financially practical, all new facilities owned by the City's Agencies, Corporations and Divisions with a gross floor area greater than 600m2 install on-site renewable energy devices to generate the equivalent of at least 5 percent of the building's modelled annual energy consumption effective immediately upon the adoption of this Item.

 

7.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report to the November 21, 2013 meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee on the merits and feasibility of revising the Ecology section of the Toronto Green Standard - Mid-to-High Rise Residential and Low Rise Non-Residential Development as follows:

 

a.         Under Bird Collision Deterrence Development Feature, Required Tier 1 and Voluntary Tier 2:

 

i.          Change all references of "the first 12 m of the building above grade" to "the first 16 m of the building above grade or to the top of mature tree canopies that exceed 16 m";

 

ii.         Change all spacing reference from "100mm x 100mm" to "50mm x 50mm";

 

iii.        Add the following condition:  "Assess the potential of bird collisions for the remainder of the untreated exterior glazing, such assessment to be conducted by a third party satisfactory to the City of Toronto."; and

 

iv.        Change the clause "12 m of the building" under EC 4.1 Fly-through conditions to read, "16 m of the building above grade, or to the top of mature tree canopies that exceed 16 m".

 

b.         Under Bird Collision Deterrence Development Feature, Required Tier 1, EC 4.2 Rooftop vegetation:

 

i.          Change the heading from "EC 4.2 Rooftop vegetation" to "EC 4.2 Rooftop and/or Above Grade Vegetation"; and

 

ii.         Correct the typo by changing "EC 5.1" to "EC 4.1".

 

c.         Under Bird Collision Deterrence Development Feature, Voluntary Tier 2, EC 4.4, Enhanced bird friendly glazing:

 

i.          Change all references of "the first 12 m of the building above grade" to "the first 16 m of the building above grade or to the top of mature tree canopies that exceed 16 m"; and

 

ii.         Change all spacing references from "100mm x 100mm" to "50 mm x 50mm".

 

d.         Under Light Pollution Development Feature, Voluntary Tier 2, EC 5.3 Lighting controls:

 

i.          Change all references of "5 AM" to "6 AM".

 

e.         Under Light Pollution Development Feature move EC 5.2, Enhanced Lighting from Voluntary Tier 2 to Required Tier 1 and change the reference of "5 AM" to "6 AM".

 

8.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to establish a working group composed of representatives from City Planning, Toronto Building, the Environment and Energy Office, Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Toronto Hydro, Enbridge, the development industry, and others relevant stakeholders, to assist the industry in meeting the new energy efficiency standards.

Background Information (Committee)

(May 23, 2013) Report with Attachments 1 and 2, from the Chief Planner and Executive, City Planning Division on the Toronto Green Standard Review and Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-59341.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 14, 2013) Letter from K.D. Pressnail, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto and M.F. Touchie, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto (PG.New.PG25.10.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-38362.pdf
(June 14, 2013) Letter from Julia Langer, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Atmospheric Fund (PG.New.PG25.10.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-38334.pdf
(June 17, 2013) Letter from Murray Johnson, Director, Canadian Condominium Institute, Toronto Area Chapter (PG.New.PG25.10.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-38425.pdf
(June 18, 2013) E-mail from Matthew MacLean (PG.New.PG25.10.4)
(June 19, 2013) E-mail from Graham Fowler (PG.New.PG25.10.5)
(June 19, 2013) Letter from Danny Harvey, Department of Geography, University of Toronto (PG.New.PG25.10.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-38551.pdf
(June 19, 2013) E-mail from Robert Shirkey, Executive Director, Our Horizon (PG.New.PG25.10.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-38575.pdf
(June 19, 2013) E-mail from Stuart Basden (PG.New.PG25.10.8)
(June 19, 2013) E-mail from Benjamin Kai (PG.New.PG25.10.9)
(June 19, 2013) E-mail from Jon Yazer (PG.New.PG25.10.10)
(June 19, 2013) Letter from Mara Samardzic, Planner, Policy & Government Relations, Building Industry and Land Development Association (PG.New.PG25.10.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-38597.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(July 15, 2013) Letter from Mara Samardzic, Planner, Policy and Government Relations, Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) (CC.New.PG25.10.12)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/comm/communicationfile-39098.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to establish a working group composed of representatives from City Planning, Toronto Building, the Environment and Energy Office, Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Toronto Hydro, Enbridge, the development industry, and others relevant stakeholders, to assist the industry in meeting the new energy efficiency standards.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-19-2013 1:50 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PG25.10 - Layton - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 34 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bailo, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 11 Members that were absent are Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Karen Stintz, Kristyn Wong-Tam

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report to the November 21, 2013 meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee on the merits and feasibility of revising the Ecology section of the Toronto Green Standard - Mid-to-High Rise Residential and Low Rise Non-Residential Development as follows:

 

 

1.          Under Bird Collision Deterrence Development Feature, Required Tier 1 and Voluntary Tier 2:

 

a.         Change all references of "the first 12 m of the building above grade" to "the first 16 m of the building above grade or to the top of mature tree canopies that exceed 16 m"

 

b.         Change all spacing reference from "100mm x 100mm" to "50mm x 50mm".

 

c.         Add the following condition:  "Assess the potential of bird collisions for the remainder of the untreated exterior glazing, such assessment to be conducted by a third party satisfactory to the City of Toronto."

 

d.         Change the clause "12 m of the building" under EC 4.1 Fly-through conditions to read, "16 m of the building above grade, or to the top of mature tree canopies that exceed 16 m"

 

 

2.         Under Bird Collision Deterrence Development Feature, Required Tier 1, EC 4.2 Rooftop vegetation:

 

a.         Change the heading from "EC 4.2 Rooftop vegetation" to "EC 4.2 Rooftop and/or Above Grade Vegetation"

 

b.         Correct the typo by changing "EC 5.1" to "EC 4.1"

 

 

3.         Under Bird Collision Deterrence Development Feature, Voluntary Tier 2, EC 4.4, Enhanced bird friendly glazing:

 

a.         Change all references of "the first 12 m of the building above grade" to "the first 16 m of the building above grade or to the top of mature tree canopies that exceed 16 m"

 

b.         Change all spacing references from "100mm x 100mm" to "50 mm x 50mm"

 

 

4.         Under Light Pollution Development Feature, Voluntary Tier 2, EC 5.3 Lighting controls:

 

a.         Change all references of "5 AM" to "6 AM".

 

 

5.         Under Light Pollution Development Feature move EC 5.2, Enhanced Lighting from Voluntary Tier 2 to Required Tier 1 and change the reference of "5 AM" to "6 AM".

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-19-2013 1:51 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PG25.10 - De Baeremaeker - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 34 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bailo, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 11 Members that were absent are Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Karen Stintz, Kristyn Wong-Tam

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-19-2013 1:52 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PG25.10 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 34 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bailo, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 11 Members that were absent are Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Karen Stintz, Kristyn Wong-Tam

PG25.10 - Toronto Green Standard Review and Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Growth Management Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council direct that the Toronto Green Standard Minimum Energy Performance standards for Mid-to-High Rise Residential and Non Residential be revised as follows:

 

a.         Tier One (GHG 1.1): Design the building(s) to exceed the energy efficiency requirements of the current Ontario Building Code by 15%;

 

b.         Tier Two (GHG 1.3): Design and construct the building(s) to achieve at least 25% energy efficiency improvement over the current Ontario Building Code.

 

2.         City Council adopt the revised Toronto Green Standard Tier 1 and Tier 2 performance measures as presented in Appendix A of the report (May 23, 2013) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning: Mid-High Rise Residential and Non Residential; and Appendix B of the report (May 23, 2013) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning: Low Rise Residential, as amended by Recommendation 1 above, to be applied to new development applications under the Planning Act commencing January 1, 2014, subject to any necessary Official Plan and City-wide Site Plan Control By-law amendments,

 

3.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Chief Corporate Officer, to develop a comprehensive planning approach to address sustainable energy issues posed by development and report back to City Council with recommendations in 2014, taking into account:

 

a.         the results of the report on energy and electricity needs associated with growth requested by Council;

 

b.         the Toronto Regional Electricity Plan being prepared by Ontario Power Authority and Toronto Hydro;

 

c.         the results of further consultation with the Chief Building Official and Executive Director Toronto Building and stakeholders on increasing sustainable energy targets for new development;

 

d.         the Council-approved community-wide GHG reduction targets for 2020 and 2050;

e.          global best practices in energy efficiency standards for buildings, including the use of Energy Use Intensity-based targets.

 

4.         City Council direct that City Agencies, Corporations and Divisions apply Tier 1 of the Toronto Green Standard,  as amended, as the minimum standard to all capital projects and Tier 2, as amended, at their discretion in requests for proposals effective immediately.

 

5.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Chief Corporate Officer to jointly undertake a cost benefit analysis of the application of Tier 2 of the Toronto Green Standard, as amended,  to all capital projects undertaken by the City's Agencies, Corporations and Divisions and report back on the findings and recommendations in 2014.

 

6.         City Council direct that, where technically and financially practical, all new facilities owned by the City's Agencies, Corporations and Divisions with a gross floor area greater than 600m2 install on-site renewable energy devices to generate the equivalent of at least 5 percent of the building's modelled annual energy consumption effective immediately upon the adoption of the report ((May 23, 2013) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

Origin

(May 23, 2013) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

This report encompasses the results of a comprehensive technical review and update of the Toronto Green Standard (TGS) adopted by City Council in December 2009. The TGS is a two-tier set of environmental performance measures that facilitates sustainable new development in Toronto. The revised and updated (TGS) reflects improvements resulting from direct experiences in applying the Green Standard to new development and the incorporation of new City guidelines, policy or regulations that came into effect since implementation began in 2010. Representatives of City Divisions and development industry stakeholders have participated in the review of each section of the (TGS).

 

Highlights of the new version of the TGS include:

 

-           Improved Tier 1 performance measures to address implementation challenges

 

-           Consistency with the City-wide Zoning By-law and the City-wide Site Plan Control By-law.

 

-           Incorporation of new performance measures supporting the latest City guideline documents.

 

-           Expanded Tier 2 voluntary package, aligned with LEED® Canada for New Construction and Waterfront Toronto's Mandatory Green Building Requirements.

 

It is recommended that the proposed, updated TGS be adopted and implemented for all new development applications commencing January 1, 2014.  Further reports on sustainable energy targets for new development and on the feasibility of applying a Tier 2 policy for new City-owned facilities in 2014 are recommended. The next review to the TGS will commence in 2017.

Background Information

(May 23, 2013) Report with Attachments 1 and 2, from the Chief Planner and Executive, City Planning Division on the Toronto Green Standard Review and Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-59341.pdf

Communications

(June 14, 2013) Letter from K.D. Pressnail, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto and M.F. Touchie, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto (PG.New.PG25.10.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-38362.pdf
(June 14, 2013) Letter from Julia Langer, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Atmospheric Fund (PG.New.PG25.10.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-38334.pdf
(June 17, 2013) Letter from Murray Johnson, Director, Canadian Condominium Institute, Toronto Area Chapter (PG.New.PG25.10.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-38425.pdf
(June 18, 2013) E-mail from Matthew MacLean (PG.New.PG25.10.4)
(June 19, 2013) E-mail from Graham Fowler (PG.New.PG25.10.5)
(June 19, 2013) Letter from Danny Harvey, Department of Geography, University of Toronto (PG.New.PG25.10.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-38551.pdf
(June 19, 2013) E-mail from Robert Shirkey, Executive Director, Our Horizon (PG.New.PG25.10.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-38575.pdf
(June 19, 2013) E-mail from Stuart Basden (PG.New.PG25.10.8)
(June 19, 2013) E-mail from Benjamin Kai (PG.New.PG25.10.9)
(June 19, 2013) E-mail from Jon Yazer (PG.New.PG25.10.10)
(June 19, 2013) Letter from Mara Samardzic, Planner, Policy & Government Relations, Building Industry and Land Development Association (PG.New.PG25.10.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-38597.pdf

Speakers

Danny Harvey, Department of Geography, University of Toronto
Bryan Purcell, Toronto Atmospheric Fund
Murray Johnson, Director, Canadian Condominium Institute Toronto & Area Chapter
Kim Pressnail, Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Civil Engineering

Motions

Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Adam Vaughan (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council direct that the Toronto Green Standard Minimum Energy Performance standards for Mid-to-High Rise Residential and Non Residential be revised as follows:

 

a.         Tier One (GHG 1.1): Design the building(s) to exceed the energy efficiency requirements of the current Ontario Building Code by 15%;

 

b.         Tier Two (GHG 1.3): Design and construct the building(s) to achieve at least 25% energy efficiency improvement over the current Ontario Building Code.

 

2.         City Council adopt the revised Toronto Green Standard Tier 1 and Tier 2 performance measures, as amended above, to be applied to new development applications under the Planning Act commencing January 1, 2014, subject to any necessary Official Plan and City-wide Site Plan Control By-Law amendments.

 

3.         City Council direct that the scope of the comprehensive planning approach, set out in Recommendation 2 of the report (May 23, 2013) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, be amended to also take into account:

 

a.         The Council-approved community-wide GHG reduction targets for 2020 and

2050; and

 

b.         Global best practices in energy efficiency standards for buildings, including the use of Energy Use Intensity-based targets.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Adam Vaughan (Carried)

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Peter Milczyn (Redundant)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council