The University of Toronto will begin construction in summer of 2020 on the 265,000-sf Passive House Student Residence on the Scarborough campus. The 746-bed development will accommodate three distinct residential communities, with private study spaces, gathering areas, and kitchen facilities in each cluster. A high-performance building envelope with a vertically patterned aluminum cladding system will frame strategically sized windows, maximizing access to natural light while minimizing heat loss. The sustainably designed complex will utilize passive ventilation strategies to reduce energy consumption, enhance indoor air quality, and ensure occupant thermal comfort.
IBI Group is the lead consultant for the project, working in collaboration with design-build contractor Pomerleau, executive architect CORE Architects, design architect Handel Architects, structural engineer EXP, electrical and mechanical engineer MCW Consultants, and energy and enclosure engineer RDH. Occupancy is expected in fall of 2023.