The Greenest Building in Ontario – Open House, May 28|2016

“This building is part of the forest ecosystem: so it’s not a building in a forest, it’s not a forest around the building – it’s Part of the Forest”.

Ian Buchanan ( Manager of Natural Heritage & Forestry Services| Environmental Services Department, Regional Municipality of York)


Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship & Education Centre, Fall 2015

This year’s Spring Forest Festival, organized annually by Regional Municipality of York , will be quite exciting for everyone who is passionate about Living Buildings.

It will showcase a new state-of-the-art eco building – The Bill Fisch Stewardship and Education Centre. Designed by DIALOG, this York Region’s greenest building has already won the Environmental Building Wood Design Award from Wood WORKS! and is targeting the Living Building Challenge (LBC) Full Certification, LEED Platinum Certification and Net Zero Energy Certification.

The Education Centre was designed to be an integral part of the forest ecosystem and, unlike other buildings, it enhances nature instead of harming it. It captures rainwater, creates its own electricity and was constructed from locally sourced and repurposed materials.

It will open its doors for visitors for the whole festival day on Saturday, May 28th from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be an engineer on site to answer any questions. For those interested to learn more about the building’s awe-inspiring architecture and design, the organizers will be giving a talk at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Come to see in person this beautiful building that aims to become the 1st Fully Certified Living Building in Ontario!

Date and Time: Saturday, May 28th, 2016| 10 am to 3 pm

Location: Hollidge Tract, 16389 Hwy 48, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Admission is FREE! Save the Date!

For details on other fun activities at the upcoming Spring Forest Festival, including guided walks through the forest, please visit York Region website


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