Adaptive Reuse in Ajax, ON at U-Haul Moving & Storage of Ajax

Building History

Lifestyle brand has been making sunrooms for the Ontario area for over 30 years. All Lifestyle products are built in an Ontario facility in Peterborough. Local manufacturing gives the company an ability to precisely engineer and construct beautiful sunrooms in custom dimensions. Sunrooms, a room with large windows and sometimes a glass roof are designed to allow in a lot of sunlight and are popular, because they allow people to enjoy all of the seasons and views in the comfort of an enclosed room.

The Lifestyle Sunrooms building was built in 1954 and U-Haul acquired the building in 2013. Adaptive reuse building conversions allow U-Haul to promote infill development to meet citizens’ needs while preserving the natural resources and land normally required for new construction. Adaptive reuse also allows resources to be focused on integrating environmentally thoughtful features into the existing building rather than creating waste in the form of demolition and using valuable resources for new construction.

Environmental Impact

Serving U-Haul customers since 2013, this facility was built through adaptive reuse of an abandoned building. Adaptive Reuse promotes infill development in an effort to strengthen communities, with the following benefits achieved at this site: 

  • 689 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented 
  • 2,830 tons of new concrete pours avoided 
  • 3,557 tons of construction and demolition debris prevented 

Energy-efficiency and waste-reduction programs at this facility provide the following estimated benefits each year for the Ajax community: 

  • 1,937,366 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented 
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 689 tons (625 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 0 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 2,830 tons (2,568 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 1,937,366 lbs (878,783 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 3,557 lbs (3,228 kgs) of construction debris prevented

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