Toronto, ON — The iconic Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto received much needed upgrades to its mechanical system, and even earned Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) zero carbon building performance standard certification.
After five years, the $65 million project is expected to reduce over 7,000 tonnes of carbon annually, which is about 80 per cent of the hotel’s annual carbon emissions.
“Fairmont Royal York’s decarbonization demonstrates the potential to complete a large and complex project in a way that is environmentally impactful, socially responsible and economically viable. It is a compelling example of what can be accomplished through collaboration, innovation and creativity,” said Jon Love, founder and CEO of KingSett Capital.
The Fairmont Royal York hotel achieved its certification by providing a detailed study and analysis of the building’s energy load, converting heating and domestic hot water from steam to electric heat pumps that utilize heat recovery from Enwave’s district energy network, converting cooling from electrical/chillers to Enwave’s deep lake water cooling system, and improving energy efficiency with a centralized building automation system and smart technologies.
In addition to achieving its certification, the hotel has a broad range of other sustainability initiatives. These include eliminating single-use plastics for guests, reducing food waste with AI technology and donation partners, and supporting the local ecosystem with 500,000 honeybees from the hotel’s rooftop garden and apiary.