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Toronto Partnership to Accelerate Housing Energy Efficiency Retrofits, Carbon Reductions (Ind. Report)
Toronto Atmospheric Fund,Toronto Community Housing
Date: 2021-08-20
In Ontario, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) and Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) have signed a new partnership agreement to accelerate their program of tenant-centered social housing retrofits. The agreement enables both TAF and TCHC to move from single-project retrofits to multi-building, accelerated projects while supporting Toronto's climate target goals and contribute to TAF's mission to achieve net-zero communities by 2050.

TAF and TCHC have long cooperated on single-project retrofits to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy. Since 2015, TAF and TCHC : retrofitted more than 1,400 TCHC homes; completed more than $10 million in capital work; Reduced more than 20,000 tonnes of cumulative carbon (over the projects' life); and Saved more than $500,000 in annual utility bills with the installation of heat pumps, smart thermostats and other energy efficiency measures.

Under the new partnership agreement, retrofit work in TCHC buildings will scale up significantly . By the end of 2021, the partners aim to initiate deep retrofit design work for an additional 1,500+ TCHC homes, representing more than $33 million in future capital work, and design retrofits to achieve a minimum 40-pct carbon reduction and improve energy efficiency health and comfort conditions .

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) is a regional climate agency that invests in low-carbon solutions for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and helps scale them up for broad implementation. Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest social housing provider, and home to nearly 60,000 households with low and moderate incomes. (Source: Toronto Community Housing, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: Toronto Atmospheric Fund , Julia Langer, CEO, Julie Leach, Communications, 416-393-6382,,; TCHC, 416-737-1352,

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Toronto Considers Tighter Building Efficiency Targets (Ind. Report)
City of Toronto,Toronto Atmospheric Fund
Date: 2021-06-30
In Ontario, part of the city of Toronto's proposed fourth update to the Toronto Green Standard and the city's goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the city could soon require developers to ensure new buildings have fewer carbon emissions and consume less energy, while adding more green roofs and electric vehicle parking spots, and other low-carbon, energy efficient features, according to the regional climate agency, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

If adopted, the updated standard would come into force in May 2022 and require new mid-high rise residential and commercial builders to cut annual greenhouse gases and energy use intensity a further 25 pct and 28 pct, respectively, compared to the current voluntary version.

Download Toronto Green Standard details HERE (Source: Atmospheric Fund, CBC, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, 416-359-7802, Fax: 416-338-0616,,

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