The Toronto Green Standard (TGS) is a two-tier set of performance measures with supporting guidelines related to sustainable site and building design for new private and public development.

The standards are designed to work with the regular development approvals and inspections process. New planning applications are required to document compliance with Tier 1 environmental performance measures. The TGS has been in place since January 31, 2010.

2014 Green Standard Update

The City of Toronto has updated the Toronto Green Standard in consultation with City Divisions, the development industry and its stakeholders. The updates were adopted by City Council on July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2013. The updated 2014 Toronto Green Standard will apply to new development applications submitted on or after January 1, 2014. The 2010 Toronto Green Standard will continue to apply to applications submitted on or before this date.

Go to the City Council adopted report recommendations on the Toronto Green Standard.

Go to the Updated Toronto Green Standard (Appendix A and Appendix B of the report).

Highlights of Changes to the TGS

See the presentation on the Toronto Green Standard 2014 Review and Update Highlights.

Raising the Bar on Energy Efficiency

The 2014 Toronto Green Standard (Version 2.0) includes new and improved performance measures and higher energy targets of 15% above the Ontario Building Code (Tier 1) and 25% above the Ontario Building Code (Tier 2). The TGS is a key strategy for reducing green house gas emissions by 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. According to the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF), Toronto’s improved energy efficiency standards will save Toronto’s citizens and businesses an estimated $114M by 2025 and avoid over 750,000 tonnes of climate-damaging GHG emissions by 2025 at marginal incremental design and construction costs.

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