Corus Quay is the first LEED building on Toronto's waterfront.
Corus Quay is LEED® Gold receiving certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) in February 2012. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and for which CaGBC monitors and tests candidate facilities for a period of time before granting the designation. The Green Building Rating system allocates points for various areas and provides a scorecard upon certification. A Green Education Program explaining the LEED Gold aspects of the building can be seen at the interactive kiosks located in the north and south lobbies of Corus Quay.
Designed by internationally renowned Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Corus Quay office and broadcast building was designed to combine high standards of environmental, design and cost-effective operational performance.
|Corus Quay green roof
||Biowall in Corus Quay Atrium
||Photo Elizabeth Gyde
Corus Quay features a number of sustainable green building and development practices that were adhered to throughout the construction of this project. Highlights include:
- Redevelopment of a previously derelict, underutilized and contaminated site
- More than 75% of construction waste was diverted away from landfill during the construction of Corus Quay
- Use of local and recycled materials that reduces transportation GHGs, and supports the local economy
- Twenty percent of all materials in the project came from within 800 km and the entire building is made up of a custom THERMO 3 Curtain Wall System which works to reflect light and drive down energy consumption
- The green roof-reduces storm water runoff, promotes biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and helps to insulate the building
- Restoration of open space, use of native and adaptive plant species
- 39% reduction in design energy cost compared to the energy cost budget for energy systems regulated by MNECB 1997 for New Construction
- Corus Quay has a rooftop cistern that collects rainwater that drastically reduces water consumption - 42% water use reduction compared to baseline fixture performance requirements
- Filtering the air in the central atrium through a living, five-storey high bio-wall. This stunning green wall uses plants to naturally clean the air and reduce energy consumption.