BRE Innovation Park by Sustainable

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 by Sustainable

The plight of the bee – and not just the bumble or honey – has been making international headlines of late. Architect Paul Dowsett of Sustainable 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.

New Orleans Home & Garden Show 2014 by Sustainable

Sustainable’s demonstration home was commissioned by St. Bernard Project as a prototype concept to raise awareness about the disaster rebuilding work they have been doing in and around New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. The home was built inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the New Orleans Home and Garden Show, which ran from March 13th to 17th, 2014.

AIA Presents ‘Designing Recovery’ Awards by Sustainable


October 3, 2013

The AIA has concluded an ideas competition aimed at designing disaster-responsive homes for New York, New Orleans, and Joplin, Mo.

Toronto-based Sustainable winning entry for New York, the Resilient House, anticipates storm surges with a flood-proof foundation, while structural insulated panel (SIP) assembly reduces on-site construction time in post-disaster rebuilding efforts. The jury responded to the Resilient House’s use of daylighting and contemporary design ideas that were “about the right scale in the neighbourhood context,” Willis says. “But it also figured out a way that is recoverable and [reparable],” while per-dwelling material costs would be under $50,000.

Concepts developed for Cambodia Impact Design in Canada by Sustainable


June 13, 2013

Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jun. 13 2013

Got $1,800?

Sustainable can build you a house.

Throw in another $650 and they’ll add a nice walkway leading to a separate bedroom wing.

The only requirements: a love of bamboo, monsoons and the ability to move to Cambodia.

Recently shortlisted as one of 10 finalists in Building Trust International’s “Cambodian Sustainable Housing” competition that sought affordable, adaptable, flood-resistant housing for low-income residents of Phom Penh, architect Paul Dowsett and Nicholas Discenza led the rest of Toronto’s Sustainable in creating “PHASEhouse,” a striking brick and bamboo home that can be built in phases as homeowners secure funds.

Sustainable attends CanPHI Passive House Training Course by Sustainable

May 18, 2013

Toronto, ON
April 25 – 27 & May 16 – 18

Nicholas Discenza and Craig Race of Sustainable attended CanPHI’s Certified Passive House Designer course. This 6-day, 2-part course is aimed at building design professionals, contractors, planners, engineers and others who are motivated to learn the world’s most advanced energy efficiency building standard – the Passive House Standard. This course forms the basis for pursuing professional qualification as an internationally-recognized Certified Passive House Designer.

Livegreen Toronto Awards - Vote Now! by Sustainable

In just 3 years, Sustainable has made great strides in the field of sustainable architecture in and around the city of Toronto. With more than 7 collective decades of sustainable design experience, we are able to see clearly through the fog of green technologies, products, and philosophies to provide expert design and construction solutions that are realistic, achievable, and affordable.