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Pomerleau aims for Passive House standard for new U of T residence

Pomerleau aims for Passive House standard for new U of T residence

TORONTO — Pomerleau recently announced it has been awarded a design-bridge-build contract for the construction of a new residence hall at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Delivery is scheduled for the fall 2023 semester.

The residence will be built to Passive House standards, states a June 23 release. The low-energy design concept includes high-efficiency standards for building and window insulation, orientation, ventilation and functionality.

The 265,000-square-foot building will be erected at 3300 Ellesmere Rd. and will feature 746 beds in single and double occupancy bedrooms with semi-private shared washrooms, and single occupancy bedrooms with private washrooms. The building will also include a servery, a dining hall, a kitchen and a collection of mixed-use spaces for workshop-style learning as well as offices. There will also be an outdoor roof garden and terrace.

Groundbreaking is expected this summer.

Pomerleau said it intends to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to manage material usage, energy-efficiency planning and timeline management. The site will also employ the services of Spot, Boston Dynamic’s robot dog, to document site progress and support health and safety and quality standards management.

“We are very proud to be partnering with the U of T Scarborough for the delivery of this unique Passive House building, which is set to be one of the most eco-efficient in the country,” commented Patrick Stiles, vice-president and regional manager at Pomerleau, in the release. “Our focus on building innovative and sustainable buildings has never been stronger, and we are excited to work with the U of T Scarborough to create a safe, healthy and inspirational living environment for its students.”

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