When building communities, it is important to consider the long term impact of construction. Our construction guidelines are a starting point for sustainability and we constantly strive to exceed them. Below are just a few of the steps we take to ensure we create buildings that are lasting, energy-efficient and enhance the residents’ quality of life.
Low-Emitting Vehicle (LEV) Spaces: Physical provision for future electric vehicle charging provided
Long-Term Bicycle Parking Location: 561 long-term secure spaces provided on P1
Short-Term Bicycle Parking Location: 62 spaces provided on the main level in a highly visible and publicly accessible location
Connectivity: Safe, accessible pedestrian routes that connect with off-site pedestrian networks and priority destinations
Sidewalk Space: 2.1m wide sidewalk to accommodate pedestrian flow.
Weather Protection Covered: outdoor waiting areas
Pedestrian Specific Lighting: Lighting provided to illuminate pedestrian walkways
Urban Heat Island Reduction: At Grade A combination of high albedo and shade provided through precast paving and trees
Green & Cool Roofs: Provided on available roof areas
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Energy Efficiency: Building designed to achieve greater than 25% energy efficiency over the current Ontario Building Code
Building Commissioning: The project to be commissioned using best practices
WATER QUALITY, QUANTITY AND EFFICIENCY
Erosion & Sediment Control: Best management practices such as silt fencing, mud mats, and catch basin inlet protection have been added to reduce erosion and control sediment from runoff
Storm Water Balance: A cistern has been designed within the building footprint. The retained storm water will be used for irrigation of landscaped areas.
Total Suspended Solids (TSS): Removal of 80% of total suspended solids based on the post-development level of imperviousness
Drought-Tolerant Landscapes: Water efficient plant material provided for more than 50% of landscaped site area
Water Efficient Fixtures: Potable water consumption to be reduced by more than 30%, using efficient water fixtures and appliances
Irrigation Reduced: potable water used for irrigation by more than 50%
Tree Protection Tree: protection provided for all trees to be preserved
Street Tree Retention Protection: provided for street trees during construction.
Tree Planting: Tree canopy provided where available. Additional tree planting beyond the development site and the associated public boulevard
Soil Volumes Provided where available. Continuous tree trenches provided with a minimum of 20m³ per tree
Trees Along Street Frontages: Trees provided along street frontages
Watering Program: Watering program to be provided through drip irrigation for the first two years to ensure trees flourish
Biodiversity In Landscapes: All species to be native
Bird Friendly Glazing: First 12m treated with frit pattern and low-reflectance materials for at least 85% of glazing.
Rooftop Vegetation: Provided where glazing is above rooftop vegetation
Grate Porosity: All ground level grates to have porosity less than 20x20mm
Exterior Lighting: All exterior fixtures to be shielded, to reduce light pollution
Waste Collection & Sorting Tri-sorting: provided for all buildings
Waste Storage Spaces: Easily accessible storage space provided
Bulky Waste: Additional space provided to dispose of bulky waste items