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Passive House Pulse Toronto – Harmony Commons: Elevating UTSC’s Student Living with the Passive House Standard

Monday, May 6th, 2024 – 12pm – 3pm | IN-PERSON
Harmony Commons, UTSC – 3300 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough, ON M1C 1G9

Experience the epitome of sustainable student living at Harmony Commons.

Completed on September 1st, 2023, UTSC Harmony Commons warmly welcomed approximately 746 students to its residence halls. Now, after a year of operations, we are privileged to host a panel of key contributors to the development, as well as invite you to join us on an insightful tour of the facility.

Harmony Commons stands as a beacon of innovation, setting a new benchmark for student housing standard by seamlessly integrating comfort, sustainability, and community.

Meticulously crafted with the utmost focus on energy efficiency, Harmony Commons showcases pioneering features that drastically reduce its environmental footprint while cultivating a welcoming and nurturing environment for first-year undergraduate students.

Our speakers for this event are:

Andrew Arifuzzaman

Andrew Arifuzzaman | Chief Administrative Officer | University of Toronto Scarborough

As Chief Administrative Officer at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Andrew has spearheaded the development of the Campus’ Strategic and Master Plans and brand strategy. Andrew has also led the development of over 2,000,000 square feet of new campus infrastructure featuring cutting edge research and teaching facilities and some of the most sustainable institutional buildings in the country while using various funding strategies including public private partnerships.

Michael Faustini

Michael Faustini | Project Director | Pomerleau

Michael Faustini is a Project Director at Pomerleau, one of the most recognized constructors in Canada. In this role, Michael oversees large and complex construction projects for private real estate developers or government entities, including office buildings, industrial parks, academic spaces, student residences, laboratory research facilities, and transit hubs. Many of these projects have been at the forefront of sustainable construction and energy reduction initiatives as part of Canada’s fight against climate change. He recently led the Pomerleau team that constructed the UTSC student residence, the largest Passive House Certified project in the country at the time of completion.

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore | Building Systems Director | Steven Winter Associates

Thomas Moore specializes in Passive House, Net Zero, and advanced energy modeling and works on integrated teams of architects and engineers to design and construct exceptionally efficient buildings. He brings a deep understanding of building envelopes, HVAC, and domestic hot water systems to all projects. Thomas seeks to move projects towards decarbonization, electrification, and Net Zero Ready designs using the principles of Passive House. His direct project experience includes large institutional projects such as the Passive House student dormitories as well as affordable multifamily residential projects.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of passive housing strategies employed in Harmony Commons in reducing energy consumption and maintaining indoor comfort levels.
  • Compare and contrast passive housing techniques utilized in Harmony Commons with traditional building methods, highlighting the advantages and challenges of each approach.
  • Engage in discussions with experts involved in the design and construction of Harmony Commons to gain insights into the decision-making process and challenges faced in implementing passive housing strategies.
  • Participate in a guided tour of Harmony Commons to observe firsthand the passive design features and energy-efficient systems that contribute to its status as a model for sustainable student living.

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