An Environmental Journey

An Environmental Journey


Looking to the Future

Remember way back in the year 2000?  It was a new decade, a new century, and a new millennium.  While many were breathing a sigh of relief that the Y2K threat had passed without the promised chaos, here at Tridel, we were looking to the future.  And it was green.

That’s the year Leo DelZotto and Greg Nevison, the President of Tridel and the SVP of Construction respectively, met with Jamie James, a sustainability professional working at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in New York City.  Out of these meetings, Tridel’s industry leadership in sustainable building practices was born.

Since that time, Tridel has pioneered green building in Toronto and indeed, the country.  Early supporters of the Canada Green Building Council, we committed to building condominiums that would meet LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards in 2004.  In 2005, we announced Verve, Ontario’s first high-rise residential community registered with the intention for LEED® certification.


Championing Innovation

We championed, and continue to champion, innovative new construction techniques through strategic partnerships with trade partners and consultants, such as Energy Recovery Ventilation units in each suite, and we implemented some common sense changes as well, such as individually metered utilities, to ensure each homeowner was able to monitor and control their own hot water and energy use.

In fact, since we made our commitment to build green, Tridel has*:

  • Saved 1.67 Billion MJ of Energy (Electric & Gas)
  • Saved 695 Litres of water
  • Installed 18,965 Sq Metres of green roof
  • Diverted 43 million Kg of construction waste from landfill
  • Reduced our CO2E of GHG (Green House Gasses) by 70.8 million


Sustainable Building Practices

Why did we do this?  Because we believe that sustainable buildings are more efficient and result in reduced consumption of resources, such as water and energy, which also result in lower operating costs.  Simply put, green building techniques result in communities that are healthier places to live and can help reduce expenses for our homeowners.

That’s what Leo realized during that trip to New York City, more than 15 years ago.  And we’ve been leading the way ever since.

Learn more about why sustainable design is important, for you and for our environment, in our 1st Corporate Social Responsibility Report.




*Information includes LEED® registered high-rise buildings (including LEED® ND and Delmanor Seniors), plus one Green Globe residential tower.  


Read our Corporate Social Responsibility Report for more information.