Living Labs

Over the past 10 years, we have constructed a number of Living Labs at the Kortright Centre to help advance new concepts in green infrastructure and building design, and provide a controlled environment for the evaluation of innovative products and practices.

The labs are equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring instruments and integrated into a central data acquisition and storage network that allows for real-time performance displays and enables our partners to have easy access to data. STEP staff work closely with our academic and industry partners to design and operate the labs, conduct independent third-party product evaluations and provide logistical services tailored to client needs.


Click on the images below to explore STEP’s Living Labs



Book a Guided Tour

Take a guided tour of the LEED Platinum certified Archetype Sustainable House, or explore the Innovation Trail, featuring Canada’s largest educational demonstrations of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.

The Kortright Centre is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm.


Public tours are available on the following days and times:

  • Saturdays and Sundays, March 4 to April 2 and every day during March Break (March 13-17) at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3 pm
  • Every Saturday and Sunday in October and Thanksgiving Monday at 2:30 pm

Tour space is limited and advance registration is required. Please call 905-832-2289 to reserve your spot.


Corporate or school group tours:

To book a corporate or school group tour of the Archetype Sustainable House, please email or call 416.667.6295 ext. 602.


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