First Commercial CO2-Reducing Air Scrubber in Canada Installed in Footprint Office

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(TORONTO, CANADA) June 3, 2020 – In honour of Canada Clean Air Day, Smith + Andersen and Footprint are celebrating the installation of the first CO2-reducing air scrubber in a Canadian commercial building. Located in the 10th floor space of the Smith + Andersen and Footprint offices at 100 Sheppard Avenue East in North York, Ontario, this air scrubber marks the first deployment of the enVerid HVAC Load Reduction® (HLR) “smart scrubber” technology in Canada – technology developed and provided by enVerid Systems in partnership with O’Dell Associates.

Smith + Andersen and Footprint began exploring the option of an air scrubber installation while planning the move of their Toronto teams in 2018. Sustainability was the primary design driver for their new office space, and the Landlord of 100 Sheppard Avenue East expressed a shared interest in the potential impact of air scrubber technology.

An air scrubber contains an absorbent material that removes particles, hazardous gasses (including CO2), and harmful chemicals (such as formaldehyde and VOCs) from the air. Through molecular cleaning, the enVerid HLR® smart scrubber can reduce the need for outside air by 60 to 80 per cent, providing a potential 20 to 30 per cent energy cost savings, reducing pollution and HVAC maintenance, and improving occupant comfort.

“Moving into a new office with a new Landlord seemed to be the right impetus for Smith + Andersen Toronto to test, first-hand, a technology we have been investigating for (and proposing to) our clients,” explains Smith + Andersen Managing Principal Kevin Farbridge. “This is an HVAC technology that has not yet been used in the Canadian market, so it faces the initial battle of “bleeding-edge” technologies. It seemed right to be testing this technology on ourselves as a proof-of-concept for our clients. We were fortunate to have a forward-thinking Landlord, who also saw the potential benefits to their existing building portfolio, and agreed to help support the initiative financially.”

This air scrubbing system is connected to the building automation system at 100 Sheppard Avenue East, enabling Smith + Andersen and Footprint to monitor air quality, energy savings, HVAC load reductions, and cost savings.

Smith + Andersen and Footprint relocated their Toronto teams to 100 Sheppard Avenue East in the summer of 2019, and the enVerid HLR® smart scrubber was installed in late December 2019.

For more information, or to book an air scrubber presentation, please contact:

Samantha Armitage
Director, Marketing and Communications

About Smith + Andersen

Smith + Andersen is a trusted Canadian consulting engineering firm with offices in Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Ottawa, and Halifax. Founded in 1965, Smith + Andersen has organically grown from an established reputation as trusted mechanical and electrical consultants, reaching new levels of engineering and design excellence in the communications, security, and audiovisual fields, and providing enhanced services such as lighting, building automation systems, and intelligent integrated systems design. Thanks to their client-focussed approach, Smith + Andersen is able to apply efficient, sustainable, and reliable design and engineering solutions on the most exciting projects across Canada. From fully-integrated hospitals and welcoming schools, to healthy workplaces and secure transit stations, their team has established lasting relationships with public and private sector clients across the country. For further information, please visit

About Footprint

Footprint is a highly-specialized team of engineers, planners, architects, designers, and sustainability professionals. With offices across Canada, Footprint provides an evolving list of services, including sustainability certification, energy modelling, measurement and verification, energy management, and daylighting analysis. The Footprint team draws extensively from their technical background on a diverse range of projects – many of which are leading national examples of sustainable design. The team has earned the trust of public and private clients in markets across Canada, providing reliable yet innovative solutions at every project stage. A proud member of The Smith + Andersen Group of Companies, Footprint’s foundations lie in technical expertise gained from a proven consulting engineering firm. For further information, please visit