LESSONS FROM BUILDING NORTH AMERICA’S
  GREENEST HOTEL IN TORONTO


Part of the
              MaRS BEST PRACTICES SERIES

...
Carbon Reduction and Climate Change:
         “climate change … could alter the way we live in the most
         Fundament...
Our Target: 75% reduction in carbon emissions (BAU)
   on an on-going basis – sustainable operations.
Existing Standards:
                        LEED
                        BOMA
                        TRCA

     Pragmatis...
Us: Existing shell, limited south exposure.
Partnering with the City of Toronto

Opening up the Laneways and Parks




 Savings: 50-70% of heating/cooling
20% of hot water
Entire building’s lighting = a two-slice toaster.
10 kw system: All electrical power, except the heat pumps.
                                Easily 10% of total power.
Technology                   Energy Reductions
Geo-exchange                 40 %
Solar Thermal                7.5 %
Solar ...
Three Ways to Estimate (besides guessing …):


          1. Comparable Building, Comparable Use.


          2. Measure pe...
“Green” Hotels Association, Membership requirements (greenhotels.com) :
- Occupancy sensors to control lights, AC/heat, TV...
Economic Disconnect # 1: Carbon is still free to emit.


Solution: Put a price on carbon.




Economic Disconnect # 2: Dev...
Education: If you don’t know about it, you can’t install it.
Solution: Strong third-party support of “best practices” (eg....
Powering Canada’s Cleantech Industry
                                        and Economic recovery.




       Tap 5% of r...
Green or Green-Wash? Lessons from building North America’s greenest hotel
Green or Green-Wash? Lessons from building North America’s greenest hotel
Green or Green-Wash? Lessons from building North America’s greenest hotel
Green or Green-Wash? Lessons from building North America’s greenest hotel
Green or Green-Wash? Lessons from building North America’s greenest hotel
Green or Green-Wash? Lessons from building North America’s greenest hotel
Green or Green-Wash? Lessons from building North America’s greenest hotel
Green or Green-Wash? Lessons from building North America’s greenest hotel
Green or Green-Wash? Lessons from building North America’s greenest hotel
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Speaker: Tom Rand, MaRS Advisor and Cleantech Practice Lead

Buildings are responsible for more than half of urban carbon emissions. Greening our buildings is clearly a cleantech priority - but what does "green" mean? Which technologies work, and which are window-dressing? What's possible by economic argument alone? This talk will take you through the technologies, decisions and problems of transforming a derelict building on our very own College Street into a modern, clean and green hotel. By "green" we mean an 80 per cent reduction of carbon emissions from business as usual. Planet Traveler will be "North America's Greenest Hotel." Planet Traveler: green, or green-washed?

Part of the MaRS Best Practices Series. For more information, including video, please see the event page here: http://www.marsdd.com/Events/Event-Calendar/Best-Practices-Series/green-hotel-06092009.html

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Green or Green-Wash? Lessons from building North America’s greenest hotel

  1. 1. LESSONS FROM BUILDING NORTH AMERICA’S GREENEST HOTEL IN TORONTO Part of the MaRS BEST PRACTICES SERIES Date: Produced by: Generously supported by: July 9, 2009 Moderator: Tom Rand Cleantech Practice Lead, MaRS
  2. 2. Carbon Reduction and Climate Change: “climate change … could alter the way we live in the most Fundamental way. … It is life itself that we battle to preserve.”, Margaret Thatcher, 1989, Address to U.N. General Assembly Cleantech = Third Industrial Revolution Global Targets: as Political Responses align with Scientific Realism … 50% - 80% reductions by 2030 – 2050. “Green”: Reduction in energy use, carbon emissions. Buildings: 50%-75% of carbon emissions in large urban centers, 40% overall. ( What about Water? - only 2.4% of Toronto’s electrical consumption is used for water treatment and delivery. )
  3. 3. Our Target: 75% reduction in carbon emissions (BAU) on an on-going basis – sustainable operations.
  4. 4. Existing Standards: LEED BOMA TRCA Pragmatism: Avoid “paralysis by analysis”: Use existing case studies as first-order feasibility study. Introducing: The “ no-CaRbon.As.by.Product.” Model Platinum: no carbon at all. Gold: Planet Traveler. Fail: Green Hotel Association. The Basic Lessons … Technologies exist, that stand on economic merits. ( If we can do this, anyone can do this. ) The problems are soft, not hard (people, process, capital)
  5. 5. Us: Existing shell, limited south exposure.
  6. 6. Partnering with the City of Toronto Opening up the Laneways and Parks Savings: 50-70% of heating/cooling
  7. 7. 20% of hot water
  8. 8. Entire building’s lighting = a two-slice toaster.
  9. 9. 10 kw system: All electrical power, except the heat pumps. Easily 10% of total power.
  10. 10. Technology Energy Reductions Geo-exchange 40 % Solar Thermal 7.5 % Solar PV 15% (up to 25%) Power-pipetm 7.5% LED Lighting/switching 5% Total: 77.5% (Up to 85%) Cost: < $200,000 = 5% of buildings value Monthly Savings: $ 2500 / 15% return / 6.5 year payback
  11. 11. Three Ways to Estimate (besides guessing …): 1. Comparable Building, Comparable Use. 2. Measure performance of equipment. eg. Ground loop, Solar Thermal, Power-pipe 3. Model the building’s energy use. eg. City of Toronto Efficiency grant $2500
  12. 12. “Green” Hotels Association, Membership requirements (greenhotels.com) : - Occupancy sensors to control lights, AC/heat, TV - Linens changed between guests or on request only (towels on floor or in tub) Estimated carbon savings: 5-10% The Hotel Association of Canada's (HAC) Green Key Eco-Rating Program Their audit is “administered entirely online” Awarded your key “within minutes!” Estimated carbon savings: ?? If you’re not reducing carbon use – significantly – it’s just ‘feel-good’ marketing.
  13. 13. Economic Disconnect # 1: Carbon is still free to emit. Solution: Put a price on carbon. Economic Disconnect # 2: Developers do not pay energy bills. Solution: Incentivize a new Geo-Utility, or Retrofit-Utility.
  14. 14. Education: If you don’t know about it, you can’t install it. Solution: Strong third-party support of “best practices” (eg. Manitoba Hydro) Technology support, not vendor support. Visible public advocacy. Capital: Need lots of patient capital. Solution 1: Unlock 5% of property value in a mortgage. Solution 2: Green Bonds! Like a Canada Savings Bonds, backed by government. Money earmarked for building retrofits, Interest paid with savings, Administered by commercial banks. See www.greenbonds.ca
  15. 15. Powering Canada’s Cleantech Industry and Economic recovery. Tap 5% of real estate value across the country: - Reduce Canada’s carbon emissions by 30% - - Create jobs and build a Canadian Cleantech industry - (Clean Energy Developments, Enerworks, Power-pipe, Morgan Solar…)

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