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TPASC gets a gold of its own

Canadian athletes aren’t the only winners to emerge from the Pan Am & Parapan Am Games.

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) is the first UTSC building—and first new building at U of T—to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

The sports and aquatics facility is equipped with geothermal heating, solar panels and LED lights, among other features. Forty per cent of the building’s heating and 99 per cent of the cooling in the venue is supported by a geothermal field, reducing the building’s energy consumption by 20 per cent. In addition to a green roof, the 1,854 solar panels have the ability to generate 593 kWh.

Following in the footsteps of TPASC, UTSC’s new Environmental Science & Chemistry Building is also designed to the LEED gold standard.