Minister of Energy visits The Sifton Centre at West 5, Ontario’s first Net-Zero Community

Minister Glenn Thibeault along with Deputy Premier Deb Matthews is visiting The Sifton Centre at West 5, Ontario’s first sustainable, net-zero community on Monday, February 6th.

The Sifton Centre, which is now the home of Sifton Properties’ Corporate office is London’s first net-zero commercial building which means it’s designed and constructed to power itself. This building is the first of many at West 5, which will all be built using leading-edge SMART and net-zero technologies. Once fully built, West 5 will have 2,000 apartments, condominiums and townhomes along with 400,000 sq ft. of commercial space and a 1.6-acre park in the heart of the community.

Some of the many technologies used in The Sifton Centre include; solar rooftop and facade; automated lighting , heating and cooling based on occupancy sensors, level of sunlight and solar gain; dynamic glass windows that automatically tint and adjust to sunlight; low flow plumbing fixtures which use rain water; green rooftop; and even eco photocopiers that erase toner to allow the same paper to be re-used up to five times.

Sifton’s West 5 community is a leading example of energy conservation and innovation in Ontario’s energy sector and supports Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


  • The West 5 community will use net-zero technologies, which means it will generate all of the electricity it uses.
  • The Sifton Centre is expected to be 43% more efficient than a normal office building.
  • The Sifton Centre generates 167.5 kw – enough to power 14 houses for a year
  • The Sifton Centre houses a 24,000 litre rainwater cistern that can flush toilets within the building over 6,000 times with no draw on city water
  • The buildings at West 5 will use between 20 and 40% less energy than their equivalent standard dwelling.
  • Approximately 2,500 jobs will be created over the 10 year construction period.

For more information, please contact
Janet Paolatto Director, Corporate Planning
Sifton Properties Limited
Phone 519-434-1000