U of T Passive House student residence moves forward

Canadian Consulting Engineer


The University of Toronto (U of T) has awarded a design-build contract for a new Passive House (PH) student residence building at its Scarborough campus to construction firm Pomerleau. The facility has been in the planning stages since 2017.

Conceptualized for optimal energy consumption, the 265,000-sf, 746-bed facility will break ground this summer at 330 Ellesmere Road—replacing a parking lot—and is expected to be completed by the 2023/2024 academic year. Throughout the process, building information modelling (BIM) technology will be used to maximize precision in material use and energy efficiency planning.

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