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January 9, 2018

EllisDon in partnership with U of T acquires $2.4 million in funding for carbon accounting tool

MISSISSAUGA, ONJan. 9, 2018 /CNW/ – EllisDon, in partnership with the University of Toronto, has successfully secured a $2.4 million grant through the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D program to develop a Carbon Accounting Tool. The program is supported by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

“This tool will be imperative in transforming the construction industry and its associated supply chain into a low carbon sector,” said Natasha Arsenijevich, Program Coordinator, Carbon Impact Initiative, EllisDon. “Once we are able to quantify and confidently determine the most adverse materials and processes, we can strategically prioritize our response and take meaningful steps toward climate change mitigation.”

EllisDon engaged the University of Toronto (UofT) to develop a fully working beta version of the Carbon Accounting Tool over the course of the three-year program. As part of the Carbon Impact Initiative Action Plan launched by EllisDon in June 2016, the objective of the Tool is to quantify greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated during the entire lifecycle of a new-build or retrofit project. There are currently no such tools on the market that incorporates the breadth and complexity of this information capture, tracking, and analytical capability.

“What we’re building is a decision-support tool that can be used in the early stages of design and planning,” said Professor Heather MacLean (CivE), one of five U of T Engineering professors involved in the project. “Ultimately, the goal is to produce infrastructure with much lower greenhouse gas impact.”

The Tool will help identify areas where GHG emissions are highest and provide comprehensive solutions and strategies to achieve optimal GHG reductions. Once completed, EllisDon will incorporate this tool into all of its projects for testing in preparation for commercialization of the product.

EllisDon is a world-leading construction services company with approximately 2,500 employees, that completes over $3.5 billion in projects annually. In addition to offering traditional construction and project management consulting services, EllisDon effectively takes on client risk with a range of capital; intelligent building; virtual design and construction; and furniture, fixture, and equipment procurement services. EllisDon delivers construction expertise to clients around the world and boasts several offices across North America, the Middle East, and South America. The driving force behind some of the most original, exciting projects in the world, EllisDon has distinguished itself through innovative people and practices. For more information, please visit