The House of the Future

A cutting-edge net-zero home build in Toronto.
Opens for bids in Q2. Build complete in Q3.

We’re Designing for 2030 in 2023

Forward-Thinking Engineering

While most houses are designed and then engineered to ensure they comply with building code, Waterloo has been engineered by over 8 engineers from around the world.
Years of research and know-how has gone into this design. With over 100 pages of structural analysis, this is truly excellence in engineering and house building.

What Is A Passive House?

Passive house is a voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

Quick facts about passive design:

  • Passive Houses must be airtight with air change rates being limited to n50 = 0.6/h. = Net zero
  • Passive homes use 75% less energy then regular homes
  • By building the house on east west axis you maximize sun exposure for solar energy and heat
  • Governments are giving rebates on all aspects of passive homes

What is Biophilc Design?

Biophilic design is a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions. Used at both the building and city-scale, it is argued that this idea has health, environmental, and economic benefits for building occupants and urban environments, with few drawbacks. Although its name was coined in recent history, indicators of biophilic design have been seen in architecture from as far back as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Engineering to the City of Toronto’s 2030 Standard Of House Building

241 Waterloo is being designed and built to Toronto’s vision for 2030:

To ensure that Toronto is on track to reach net zero by 2040, the following 2030 goals have been established.

Homes & Buildings

All new homes and buildings will be designed and built to be near zero greenhouse gas emissions
Greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings will be cut in half, from 2008 levels


50 per cent of community-wide energy comes from renewable or low-carbon sources
25 per cent of commercial and industrial floor area is connected to low carbon thermal energy sources


30 per cent of registered vehicles in Toronto are electric
75 per cent of school/work trips under 5km are walked, biked or by transit


70 per cent residential waste diversion from the City of Toronto’s waste management system
Identify pathways to more sustainable consumption in City of Toronto operations and in Toronto’s economy

LEED Certification

LEED®, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely-used green building rating system in the world, available for virtually all building, community, and home-project types. In Canada and around the world, LEED is a proven and holistic path to addressing climate change, and to creating buildings that are more resource-efficient, healthy and resilient. Continuous improvement is a hallmark of LEED, as it constantly improves ahead of evolving government policy. 241 Waterloo meets the highest LEED certification.