Located at the Kortright Centre for Conservation in Ontario, The Living City Campus is Canada’s largest environmental and renewable energy education and demonstration centre. It is part of the international BRE Innovation Parks Network dedicated to showcasing the brightest sustainability solutions, technologies, and ideas the world has to offer.
In 2017, a Filterra® Bioretention System was installed as a technology demonstration. The Filterra unit installation was the result of a collaboration between the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP), The Living City Campus, and Imbrium Systems. Filterra is the most extensively field studied bioretention technology in North America, and monitoring results from the demonstration site will contribute additional performance data.
The Filterra system is similar to bioretention in its function and application, but uniquely contains specialized engineered media that has been optimized for high volume/flow treatment and high pollutant removal. In 2019, Filterra achieved ISO 14034 Environmental Management - Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) based on two long-term field studies. The technical and performance claim review was conducted by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) under the auspices of GLOBE Performance Solutions.
Data from multiple third-party field monitoring studies provided the basis for the Filterra performance claims of greater than 89% TSS removal and greater than 52% Total Phosphorus removal. Performance of the demonstration system at The Living City Campus is consistent with the field studies upon which the ISO verification was based.