Reaching for the sky: Toronto’s condo boom

Toronto - A city of towers

The City of Toronto is experiencing a construction boom that shows no sign of slowing down. In Toronto, condos are in as high-rise buildings shoot up at a record-breaking pace. There are more high-rise buildings being planned and built in Toronto than anywhere else on the North American continent.

A liveable city
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto boasts many rivers and over 1,600 parks. The city itself has a population of 2.6 million, while the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has over 5.5 million residents, making Toronto the fifth most populous city in North America. The Economist has ranked Toronto as the fourth-most desirable city in the world.

Future proofed condos
Figures show that 30 percent of the housing stock in Toronto is apartments in condos. In 2011, 25,000 new units were built or under construction and 2012 looks like it's beating that number. In 2011, 60 percent of new home sales in the GTA were in high-rise units. This places a great responsibility on the officials, engineers and others involved in designing and building high-rise condos. Working together, they are future proofing buildings by designing so-called ‘vertical neighbourhoods’, places where people of all ages can live and where the buildings will work with the community around them for many years to come.

Energy efficient building codes
Future proof buildings are also energy efficient buildings. The City of Toronto has adopted the Toronto Green standard to address energy efficiency and emissions etc. The Standard lays down some of the most energy-efficient building requirements in North America – and it means suppliers have to be able to deliver solutions to meet stricter efficiency requirements.

Pump solutions
Grundfos Canada is meeting these requirements by providing not just pump products but pump solutions. Aubrey Hatch, National Director of Sales at Grundfos Canada, explains: “The variable speed, domestic cold water booster packages, which we call BoosterpaQ, are a good example of the pump solutions that Grundfos delivers.” These booster sets are ideal for water supply systems and pressure boosting in condos and other high-rise buildings, as they provide complete packaged systems to cope with the demands of varying pressure. This is coupled with speed control to maximize energy efficiency – and it is one of the reasons why Grundfos Canada will continue to provide many pump solutions to the construction boom in Toronto as well as the rest of Canada.


"The variable speed, domestic cold water booster packages, which we call BoosterpaQ, are a good example of the pump solutions that Grundfos delivers."

Aubrey Hatch, National Director of Sales at Grundfos Canada

Grundfos Canada

Driven by values

Grundfos pumps have been present throughout Canada since 1992, building a 50 million Dollar a year company with 10% market share. Part of a Danish multinational corporation, the Grundfos Canada company manufactures, assembles, distributes and customizes the world-famous Grundfos pumps and systems. As a leader in pump solutions, energy efficiency and water technology, Grundfos delivers technological solutions that minimize water and energy consumption.

Replacing oversized booster systems and Pump Audits
As well as delivering solutions for new buildings, Grundfos Canada focuses on retrofitting pump systems in existing buildings. Many buildings have booster systems that are oversized. Grundfos Canada has developed a pump audit process to determine whether this is the case in individual buildings. Building load profiles are vital in determining whether a building’s booster system is oversized. Through the pump audit process, Grundfos measures the actual building demand over a specific period of time (usually 7 - 14 days) to gain an accurate measurement of water consumption over time, leading to a load profile for the building.

Grundfos Canada’s sales teams have built strong relationships with key stakeholders including consulting engineers, contractors, wholesalers and building owners. This is backed by strong technical and service support throughout the value chain, as well as external service partnerships for start up and servicing advice.

Aubrey Hatch, National Director of Sales at Grundfos Canada

Recommendation based on data
This data can then lead Grundfos Canada to make a right sized recommendation for a booster system that fits the specific load profile for that exact building. This saves the building owner money in the long run, by using less water and less electricity. Grundfos Canada’s pump audits show that typical booster system retrofits payback in less than 2 years. Grundfos has carried out pump audits in conjunction with local Hydro Utility companies, who can assist building owners in providing financial rebates to reduce the overall energy consumption of their buildings.

Intelligent control
The intelligent controls, found on the Grundfos Boosterpaq system, manage the complicated tasks of varying the speed and determining the optimum operation of the system to meet the varying load profile of the building. Significant energy savings will be found with the operation of the intelligent control system running in the background, yet the system operator will meet an interface that is easy to use. All Boosterpaq systems are factory built and tested before they arrive on site, making start-up and commissioning an easy task.

Service and support
Grundfos Canada has spent 20 years building strong partnerships. As Aubrey Hatch puts it, “Grundfos Canada’s sales teams have built strong relationships with key stakeholders including consulting engineers, contractors, wholesalers and building owners. This is backed by strong technical and service support throughout the value chain, as well as external service partnerships for start up and servicing advice.”





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