Mount Dennis Childcare – Net Zero Energy Facility

Project Name

Mount Dennis Childcare – Net Zero Energy Facility


City of Toronto – Child Services

Prime Consultant

CS&P Architects and Coolearth Architecture


The innovative 19,000sf, 2 storey with basement, Mount Dennis Childcare Centre is part of the City of Toronto’s first net zero energy neighbourhood pilot project. This childcare facility will be the first of its kind, and will accommodate 98 children, making it the largest daycare facility in the City of Toronto.

Feature spaces in the centre include; a parent resource room close to the entrance lobby, two infant rooms, three toddler rooms, three preschool rooms, demonstration kitchen for food-based activities, rooftop playground, multi-purpose room, two offices, laundry, storage and staff room.

Hard and soft landscaping is also included in the scope of work for this project with new trees, benches, bike racks, parking and drop-off spaces.

The childcare centre is designed to net zero energy and net zero carbon emissions. The building envelope and mechanical systems will follow Passive House high performance principles and will have rooftop solar panels projected to generate 112,000 kWh/a year (the building’s projected use is 91,000 kWh/a year); triple pane windows; heat recovery ventilation; batteries and below-grade walls.

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