Toronto Green Standard
The Toronto Green Standard (TGS) is a two-tier set of performance measures with supporting guidelines related to sustainable site and building design for new private and public development.
The standards are designed to work with the regular development approvals and inspections process. As of January 31, 2010 new planning applications are required to document compliance with Tier 1 environmental performance measures.
Applicants who also choose to meet Tier 2, a voluntary higher level of environmental performance, may be eligible for a Development Charge Refund.
Achieving the TGS contributes towards LEED certification. The Toronto LEED Supplement summarizes the similarities and differences between the Toronto Green Standard and LEED Canada NC 2009 rating system and notes documentation accepted by the City of Toronto.
Toronto Green Standard Tools and Resources
Workshop on Energy Efficiency Targets
City Planning staff will be conducting a workshop with development industry leaders to review the new energy efficiency targets for the TGS on November 27, 2013. Stay tuned for the results of this workshop in the coming weeks.
Notice to Clients: 2014 Green Standard Update
The City of Toronto has updated the Toronto Green Standard in consultation with the development industry and its stakeholders. The updates were adopted by City Council on July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2013. The updated 2014 Toronto Green Standard will apply to new development applications submitted after December 31, 2013. The current Toronto Green Standard will continue to apply to applications submitted on or before this date.
Go to the City Council adopted report on the Toronto Green Standard.
Go to the Updated Toronto Green Standard (Appendix A and Appendix B of the report).
2012 Energy Efficiency Building Code Requirements
Effective January 1, 2012 the new energy efficiency requirements of the Ontario Building Code (OBC) are equivalent to the Toronto Green Standard Tier 1. These new requirements are applicable to all building permit applications submitted after Dec. 31, 2011. Please read the notice.(pdf)
Drought Tolerant Landscaping: A Resource for Development
This document is a handy reference for professionals working in the development industry to find drought tolerant planting material (pdf) because reducing the demand for potable water in landscaping and to bring ecological diversity to the landscape is a Tier 1 requirement of the TGS.
Green Buildings Guide
Toronto Green Building Guide in the Fall 2011 issue of Canada Green Building Council Toronto FOCUS magazine was prepared for Green Build conference held in Toronto in October 2011. It's a handy source for information on; City green programs and policies, innovative Toronto companies and Toronto-area projects.
The full-sized map is found on page 13 of 25 of the guide.(pdf)
High Performance New Construction
A new incentive program offers design assistance and substantial financial incentives for building owners and design decision makers who exceed the electricity efficiency specified in the Ontario Building Code. This program is funded by the Ontario Power Authority and offered by your local electric Utility. Learn more.
Sustainable Communities Award
The Toronto Green Standard and the Better Buildings Partnership-NC won the 2009 Federation of Canadian Municipalities-CH2M Hill Sustainable Communities Award in the Buildings category, as an example of an innovative project contributing to sustainable community development in Canada.
In this video, several key players speak about the Toronto Green Standard including: Mayor David Miller, City of Toronto, Joe D'Abramo, Acting Director, Zoning and Environmental Planning, Richard Morris, Manager, Energy Efficiency Office, Eva Ligeti, Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership and Andrew Pride, Vice-President, Minto Group.
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- Drought Resistant Landscaping
- Toronto Green Building Guide
- Building Toronto Together: A Development Guide
- Urban Design Streetscape Guide
- Bird Friendly Development Guides
- Guildlines for the Design and Management of Bicycle Parking Facilities
- Design Guidelines for "Greening" Parking Lots
- Media Release