Energy Creation

In 2004, Exhibition Place adopted an official Environmental Plan, recently named the Exhibition Place GREENSmart program. The program lays the groundwork for Exhibition Place to serve as a model for other organizations to operate successfully while being environmentally friendly. The following are key elements of our program:

TREC's Wind Turbine

TREC's Wind Turbine, the first permanent turbine in the City of Toronto. Capable of generating 1 million kilowatt hours of power per year, the turbine also helps to displace some of the harmful chemicals that are responsible for smog and acid rain, moving up to 1,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Lighting Retrofits

Lighting retrofits to decrease energy consumption and improve exhibit halls' overall light levels. The installation of energy efficient ballasts and lamps in Enercare Centre's main Exhibit Halls and public spaces will result in an annual reduction of 2.3 million kilowatt hours of energy use. LED-technology was utilized in our exterior building naming signage for its superior energy efficiency. These projects were completed in June 2006.


A major Trigeneration project that uses a natural gas fired generator to satisfy approximately 30% of Enercare Centre Complex's electricity, heating and cooling needs. The project also provided an energy reduction of 7,400 tonnes of equivalent CO2 emissions by the end of 2006. The highly efficient space conditioning and electrical system, also lowers energy costs and provide greater energy security.

Geothermal Plant

A Geothermal Plant installed in the Press Building replaced the conventional heating/cooling system with a ground source heat pump system at a cost of $700,000.  Significant energy efficiencies have been achieved by using the natural temperatures of the ground both as a heat source in the winter and a heat “sink” in the summer.  The Press Building Geothermal Plant saves 110,000 kilowatt-hours per year of electricity and over 15,000 cubic meters of natural gas.  The efficiency of the project is 100%. 

Green Roof

Two Green Roof pilot projects atop the adjacent Horse Palace building. Green roofs reduce HVAC costs in underlying structures, improve site storm water management and on a larger scale, help to reduce the urban heat island effect and ultimately cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.


A photovoltaic plant that uses the adjacent Horse Palace's 130,000-square-foot flat roof to collect solar energy. This 100kw plant when constructed was the largest in Canada and our future plans to expand the plant to 1 to 2 megawatts will reduce CO2 emissions annually by 1,906 tonnes.

View the Horse Palace Solar Report

LED Lighting

Use of LED streetlights at Exhibition Place. The new LED streetlights at Exhibition Place dramatically reduces city lighting costs and cuts greenhouse gas emissions.  Each streetlight comprises 117 LEDs to produce the same intensity as a conventional streetlight. LEDs, however, use 50% less electricity and last 5 times longer.

Energy Reports

Beanfield Centre Energy Performance Report 2012 to 2014

Enercare Centre Energy Performance Report 2012 to 2014


Beanfield Centre - LEED Silver
Enercare Centre - LEED® Platinum EB: O&M