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Egale Centre Featured in the Globe and Mail

SUSTAINABLE.TO is proud to be the architect of the new Egale Centre, which stands for Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere. The centre will host 30 rooms as transitional housing for LGBTQ2S street youth as a safe and loving place to call home in Toronto, when they are most in need.

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Egale Centre Forges Ahead

Egale, a Canadian Human Rights Trust Organization, is forging ahead with their plans for a 30-bed Transitional Housing Center for LGBTQ2S Youth. The project involves the renovation and addition of two historic buildings in downtown Toronto.

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Proud to be Part of Green Innovation Hub at Kortright Centre

Already considered Canada’s largest environmental education facility, the Kortright Centre in Kleinburg Ont. is now on the cusp of also becoming the country’s first-ever BRE (Building Research Establishment) Innovation Park and an integral part of a global web of similar parks. SUSTAINABLE.TO is proud to have designed the site plan for the park and will continue to work with the TRCA throughout the parks development.

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Paul and Kelsey Interviewed on Home Style Green

Paul and Kelsey have a chat with Michael Cutler Welsh out of New Zealand about Simple is the New Smart - how simple design strategies are the most effective in creating comfortable, energy efficient and affordable homes that don't rely on "smart" technology to function.

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STO Featured in Globe and Mail

Why does Canada lag in demanding environmental diligence from builders and homeowners? The Churchill residence is featured, and STO discusses their approach to green building and reducing energy demand and cost for their clients.

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Paul Dowsett Weighs in on Sustainability in the Business Sector

In this article in The Remi Network, Paul Dowsett and other experts weight in on what sustainability means within the building sector. “I’d like to believe we’ll get to the day when sustainability is not part of the conversation because the need to design things sustainability is so obvious that we just stop talking about it,” says Paul. “It’s just what is done. Period.”

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O-Zone Project Wins Big in Net Zero Energy Competition

Ryerson University students proved that collaboration is the key to success, with Architectural Science, Engineering, and Building Science students working together to create the winning design in a Net Zero Energy Home competition run by the US Department of Energy. The students were guided by faculty members and industry professionals, including architectural and building science consultations by STO. The winning design was located on a Toronto site provided by SUSTAINABLE.TO, on Eastern Avenue in Leslieville.

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East Scarborough Storefront published in Sprout Magazine

This is all part of the Community. Design. Initiative. (CDI) project which started in 2009 and involves youth collaborating with three different architecture and design firms to design sustainable features that will be included in the renovations. Steve Socha, an architect with SUSTAINABLE. TO, the firm involved in the building process of the renovations, says that the involvement of young people helps make the renovations more tailored to the community.

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Community Design Initiative receives 2014 Bhayana Family Foundation Award

S.TO is honoured to have received a 2014 Bhayana Family Foundation Award for Community Partnership, along with our friends at archiTEXT, CAPREIT, East Scarborough Storefront, ERA Architects, and locale. Bhayana awards recognize the extraordinary staff working at United Way-funded agencies who are at the root of a strong community.

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2014 Aster Awards

Earlier this year SUSTAINABLE.TO was selected by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign as the 2014 Advocate for Canada!

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The Importance of Building Science and the Building Envelope

Architects are in a key position to ensure that buildings well built and that they operate well -well into the future. Buildings are known to contribute too many greenhouse gas emissions to the earth’s atmosphere - allegedly more than any other major economic sector in the industrialized world. Developers, owners, financiers, builders, lawyers and engineers all play a role - but it is architects who stand at centre stage.

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Local architects propose 10 low-cost green design solutions

Toronto may soon be home to a chain of DIY back­yard bee ho­tels and a nat­u­ral for­est in a down­town al­ley­way. Those were the win­ning de­signs se­lected in the first Homegrown De­sign Chal­lenge, launched this spring by Work­shop Ar­chi­tec­ture and the David Suzuki Foun­da­tion.

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Laureen Harper tours Fairmont Royal York Hotel’s rooftop pollinator bee initiative

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s wife, Laureen, is either very brave, very comfortable around bees, or a bit of both. Harper was at Toronto’s Royal York hotel Sunday to visit the rooftop garden and beehive. Without hesitation she walked right over to the bee enclosure as Executive Chef Collin Thornton removed the cinder block. And then Harper showed her strength.

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Reaching for the Sky-O-Swale

A new landmark is rising in the place of a water tower that was for a time the major physical landmark of East Scarborough’s Kingston-Galloway-Orton Park neighbourhood. The Sky-O-Swale is intended as both an eco-friendly water filtration system and a community gathering space.

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Torontoist Extra, Extra: Bee Hotels

Some bees do not live in a hive with other bees but instead fly about pollinating alone. And while these lone bees might well be perfectly content without bee comrades, they do appreciate being provided with a place to rest—which is why a Toronto company has devised DIY “bee hotels” that will allow you to put these solitary helpers up in your own backyard.

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Bee hotels hang out a welcome sign for solitary bees

Toronto’s population of pollinators is in for a freebie: a complimentary stay at a “bee hotel,” thanks to Toronto firm Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building. Built primarily from recycled materials, these bee billets target solitary pollinator bees, which, as their name suggests, do not live communally like honey bees but still play an important role in the pollination process. The firm’s designs have nabbed a prize in the Homegrown Design Challenge.

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Homegrown Design Challenge Winners Unveiled!

TORONTO, July 9, 2014 — Toronto may soon be home to a chain of DIY backyard bee hotels and a natural forest in a downtown alleyway. Those were the winning designs selected in the first Homegrown Design Challenge, launched this spring by Workshop Architecture and the David Suzuki Foundation.

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S.TO turns 5!

SUSTAINABLE.TO is proud to celebrate our 5th anniversary as a company! Over this short time, we have grown from a one-man operation to a team of 10 architects and designers, and our success continues to multiply. The last 5 years have proven that Toronto has a demand for practical, environmentally-sensitive design, and that our collaborative approach to business is one that resonates with our staff and clients.

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BRE Innovation Park

The BRE Innovation Park at the Living City Campus will include seven demonstration buildings, including a small scale commercial building and six residential buildings. We are pleased to announce that we have Build Partners for all building plots.

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Condos for bees are creating a buzz

The plight of the bee – and not just the bumble or honey – has been making international headlines of late. Architect Paul Dowsett of Sustainable.TO and two recent graduates – Jamie Kwan and Joel Anderson – are hard at work finishing the last of five “bee condos” that will populate various southern Ontario locations.

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