We’ve been so enamoured with talks about condo design, wooden buildings and the ever-popular transit versus debate, that we’ve almost forgotten to talk about our own projects! Well, in case you’re wondering – everything is right on track at our various sites, but we are definitely excited for spring! This isn’t going to be a construction-based post, but rather a post highlighting how we build sustainable buildings and why we do it.
We’re constantly talking about the sustainable efforts of others, and mentioning how certain procedures might be better for the environment. But we haven’t talked about our own sustainable efforts in quite some time. Sustainability is important to us, we care about the environment, adaptive reuse, heritage preservation and the list goes on. It’s important for us to build buildings that are good for now, and good for the future.
Some ways we build sustainable buildings:
- Thermal envelopes to control the heating/cooling down of the building like at 1 Yorkville
- Energy efficient equipment – some of our elevators, parking garages and other mechanical equipment will run at their highest performance levels efficiently
- Water efficiency – the waste systems will use very minimal water in the most efficient way possible.
- Motion sensors – if no one is there, then the lights won’t be on. This is one of the simplest ways to reduce electricity costs.
- Recycle, dispose, compost. Our tri-sorter system makes it easy for our residents to know that they’re disposing of waste properly
Those are just some of the ways we like doing our part in building a sustainable feature. When you’re shopping for a new home, is sustainability important to you? Let us know below!