In 2012, Toronto Community Housing (TCH) set out to reduce the environmental impact of its housing portfolio and partnered with The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), a regional climate agency that invests in low-carbon solutions, to retrofit seven community housing buildings. Their goal was to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent and utility costs by at least 20 percent. The project would also dramatically improve comfort and indoor air quality for the buildings’ 1,500 residents.
Over three years, TCH and TAF retrofitted the buildings with energy-efficient equipment and energy monitoring technology. They installed smart thermostats and replaced oversized and poorly controlled boilers with high-efficiency models.