A model of mixed-income housing

This is a pivotal time for York Region: a growing population of 1.2 million and continued urbanization is increasing the need for more affordable housing.


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    During the full-day Savings by Design workshop, project teams were able to compare the energy use of different design options.

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    Redeveloped three properties into new, affordable apartments for renters with mixed incomes.

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    By implementing energy-saving enhancements, the building surpassed Ontario Building Code requirements by 25.5 percent.


Projected reduction in annual natural gas use

Projected reduction in annual electricity use

Projected annual energy cost savings

Catering to a mixed market

With existing buildings nearing the end of their useful life, and one of the lowest rental housing supplies in the GTA, York Region’s non-profit housing corporation decided to redevelop three properties into new, affordable apartments for renters with mixed incomes. With funding from all three levels of government, Housing York Inc. built Woodbridge Lane, featuring 162 affordable units designed to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep residents comfortable year-round.

The six-storey building includes one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units for seniors, individuals, couples and families—including some units that are accessible.

Comparing options with experts

During the full-day Savings by Design workshop, Housing York Inc. and their project team compared the energy use of different design options. Experts provided energy modelling and presented recommendations for improvements to the building envelope, mechanical systems, lighting and more. By implementing energy-saving enhancements, Woodbridge Lane surpassed Ontario Building Code energy efficiency requirements by 25.5 percent.

“By working collaboratively with Enbridge Gas early and often in the initial building design process, it opened the doors for integrated design with more options for energy savings. The result of this collaborative approach was increased sustainability, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an improved carbon footprint.”

Kelly Miller, Manager,
Infrastructure Asset Management

Discover what's possible with free sustainable design assistance

Savings by Design* offers free design expertise, energy modelling and financial incentives to help you design and build affordable housing that saves energy and costs less to operate.

To participate, your organization must have received financial assistance, past or present, from a government program aimed at increasing affordable housing.

How it works

No-cost integrated design process workshop

In this free full-day workshop, your team will strategize with sustainable design experts to maximize your project’s energy and environmental performance.

$7,500 technical assistance incentive

This financial incentive helps offset any consulting fees from your design team for time spent attending the workshop.

Up to $120,000 energy performance incentive

Based on the energy performance of the completed housing project, you could be eligible to receive financial incentives for each unit, up to $120,000 per project.

Apply today to get the most out of your next affordable housing project

* Mandatory fields

Maximum potential incentive is $120,000 per affordable housing project, based on number of affordable units and as-designed and as-built energy performance (at least 20 percent above Ontario Building Code). Projects must be located in the Enbridge Gas service area. HST is not applicable and will not be added to incentive payments.