POSTWAR APARTMENT TOWERS ARE THE BACKBONE OF CANADA'S PURPOSE-BUILT RENTAL STOCK, AND PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO MILLIONS OF CANADIANS. NOW IS THE TIME TO EXPLORE INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR TRANSITIONING THESE AGING APARTMENT TOWER NEIGHBOURHOODS TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF OUR 21ST CENTURY CITIES.
TOWER RENEWAL IS A STRATEGY FOR ACTION.
Provincial-Municipal Workshop: Enabling Tower Retrofits in Ontario
In 2016, the first Intermunicipal Tower Roundtable was held in Hamilton, bringing together Ontario’s four largest municipalities–Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and Mississauga–to share best practices and innovative approaches…
The RAC Zone is recognized with an Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Award for Excellence in Planning
The RAC Zone, a partnership between ERA Architects, the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal, United Way Toronto & York Region, Toronto Public Health and the City of…
UPDATE: Tower Renewal Action Forum
The Tower Renewal Action Forum took place on October 5, 2017 at the Evergreen Brick Works. The event assembled international experts and local city-builders to explore innovative strategies…
Tower Infill and Neighbourhood Transformation
Designed with 1960s ambitions of smart growth, the inherited legacy of tower neighbourhoods provides a unique suburban form of higher density neighbourhoods. This built form of clusters…
Housing Quality Standards
Between the 1950s and the 1970s, Canada supported the construction of high-rise rental housing across the country – creating affordable homes for millions. As this crucial housing supply…
Unit Retrofit Challenge
This prototype demonstration unit will build a strong evidence base prior to scaling up innovative retrofit solutions, while testing new technologies and catalyzing the retrofit industry.
Thermal Comfort and Cooling in Apartment Towers
An overview of some of the factors, solutions and challenges in achieving winter and summer comfort through tower retrofit, and considerations for the development of comprehensive retrofit standards.
Green Finance and Tower Renewal
This instrument could be a key tool for private, public and non-profit owners to improve the quality and energy performance of their buildings, while maintaining the long-term affordability of this housing supply.
Understanding The Tower Landscape
Different sites are identified to indicate the actors and interventions required to broadly facilitate Tower Renewal, with more public support required for the revitalization of housing assets in isolated areas.
German Retrofit Financing
The Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) is a federal German bank created to facilitate post-war reconstruction. Today it provides key financial support for both new build and retrofit prospects to meet climate change goals.