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The Empire Condo


Project Type:
Energy Management System

Ontario, Canada

morEnergy Capital Corp.

  Start Date:
July, 2005
Total ERs:

Project details

The Empire is a 28-storey building offering the option of large-scale living, with 349 suites and 51 townhouses and garden villas clustered at the base of the tower. The building won the GTHBA's “Best Building Design” award for its point tower architecture, gorgeous port-cochere entrance and grand lobby. It also features the Empire Club, a spa and fitness centre with a full range of recreational amenities including an aerobics room, exercise area, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, an extensive sundeck and much more.

The Empire Condo has received a sophisticated computer based energy management system designed to manage the energy equipment in the building. The EMS controls the operation of the lights in key areas, the fresh air fans for the garage area, the buildings make-up air systems, and the operation of other key system in an effort to optimize their operation and minimize the energy used.

The EMS has a key feature in the war against energy use, data logging. Energy use data is key to the buildings management efforts which provide monthly reports and trend lines.


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Other social and environmental benefits and costs

Environmental benefits

  • Improvement in air quality such as reduction in volatile organic carbon emissions by off-setting coal power production.

Social benefits

  • Benefits the City of Toronto by contributing to the reduction in its carbon footprint.
  • Provides less strain on the electricity grid and the need to build more transmission lines.

Project’s ability to foster further greenhouse gas emission reductions

  • This project is unusual in that it uses a financial model that requires no upfront capital cost on the part of the host. We hope this project structure can be replicated elsewhere through this example.

Project’s environmental and social cost

  • There are no major environmental or social costs associated with this project.
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