LBC Toronto Collaborative at the 2015 EcoFair – Artscape Wychwood Barns, Nov.8!

The Toronto Collaborative is excited to announce that they will be participating in the seventh annual EcoFair. Join us for this fun, family oriented event!

This year’s EcoFair will take place on Sunday, November 8th, 12pm to 4pm at its longtime home – Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street, 2 blocks south of St Clair Ave W).

Come find our table and learn more about the Living Building Challenge program and the Toronto Collaborative. Whether you are a professional who’d like to share with us Your vision for a Living Future and the role of Living Architecture or just a person who is very curious about nature, environment and the place of human race in it, we will be glad to meet you!

Also, some of our members will be giving the tours of the Barns,showcasing the many green features of this beautiful LEED Gold certified space – the old TTC streetcar barns that got transformed into a vibrant community hub.

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Wychwood carbarns, 1924

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Artscape Wychwood Barns, 2014

This event has been organized by the local community-driven eco groups: Green Neighbours 21, Transition Toronto and the Wychwood Barns Community Association.

Last year, over 800 people came out to learn about green initiatives and achievements in the city, to explore new ideas, and to share green tips and tricks. This year, organizers promise the event to be even bigger and better than before!

Here are some highlights of the 2015 EcoFair:

  • 35+ businesses and non-profit organizations promoting eco-friendly programs, products and services (the LBC-Toronto is one of them!)
  • 2 FREE screenings of This Changes Everything (see trailer)
  • Electric car test drives
  • Informative workshops and presentations
  • Interactive activities for kids
  • Delicious food

Admission is FREE! Save the date!

For more details, please visit http://ecofairtoronto.org/

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University of Toronto GRIT Lab Visit

posted by Amanda Yip

The Toronto LBC Collaborative had the opportunity to visit UofT’s Green Roof Innovation Testing (GRIT)  lab at our last meeting. Jenny Hill, a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering was kind enough to show us around and share some of the research that is being conducted. We learned a bit about the weather station and sensors being used, as well as the bee hives being used to study biodiversity! Many thanks to Jenny for giving us the tour, and Mariko for organizing it!

UofT GRIT Lab Visit

UofT GRIT Lab Visit

LBCC Group Shot - UofT GRIT Lab

LBCC Group Shot – UofT GRIT Lab

We have a Collaborative.

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Welcome to the new website and blog for the Toronto Collaborative of the Living Building Challenge.  We are a group of professionals, students and citizens that have been brought together by the principles of the LBC.

We want to make the world a better place by improving the built environment.

We want to create a network where designers and builders can share knowledge earned by working on sustainable buildings and communities.

We want to build the level of knowledge and comfort with the Living Building Challenge that exists in the GTA.

What other goals does the Collaborative have?  We are figuring that out.  This is a new group that formed in January, 2013.  We have some great ideas and we’re connected to a very strong network in the International Living Futures Institute.

This blog will be a space to share thought about the principles that are part of the Living Building Challenge and a live history of our Collaborative as it grows.  This is the first step of our journey.