Site Selection

  • Frequent selection of Brownfield and urban infill sites
  • Selected sites retain a high degree of walkability to encourage residents to walk and bike to work

Lowered Energy Consumption Through Design

  • Energy-efficient appliances, high-efficiency Energy Star washers, and EnerGuide rated dryers for reduced electricity use
  • Large, operable Energy Star-rated windows for natural light and ventilation
  • Dual flush toilets, low-flow fixtures and faucets to conserve water
  • Programmable, automated thermostats for controlled environments
  • Control4 systems that provide real-time information on electricity usage and costs
  • Downward and photovoltaic lighting to reduce light pollution and energy use
  • Occupancy sensors and photocell controls in parkades, common areas, and the exterior (where possible)  to save energy
  • Solar hot water tubes for reduced electricity use
  • Energy Star timer-controlled bathroom fan for reduced energy consumption
  • High-efficiency boiler for energy conservation
  • Balconies for open-air environments
  • Multiple heating and cooling zones (in buildings that are cooled) for comfort and efficiency
  • Sliding walls/shades to block sunlight and reduce heat gain
  • Car-share programs to encourage the reduction in vehicle ownership and promote the use of alternative modes of transportation.
  • Participation in BC Hydro New Construction Program to ensure use of the latest energy-saving technologies and techniques
  • Evaluation of energy conservation measures during design for improved overall building performance

Material Selection

  • Locally manufactured or high-level recycled materials including drywall, composite countertops, and durable concrete(to maximize longevity and reduce the life cycle of raw material use)
  • All NAUF (No Added Urea Formaldehyde) wood products
  • Manufactured wood components to use less material and reduce waste associated with lumber production
  • Low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials, including paint and carpet, to ensure the best air quality for the homeowner
  • Water-efficient landscaping
  • Certified hardwood floors, ensuring product comes from forests managed in a socially responsible manner
  • Low-mercury lighting design to reduce the impact associated with disposal and recycling
  • Green cleaning Welcome Package for homeowners

Construction Quality Control

  • Construction waste management planning reduces waste generated through construction activities, encourages the use of local receiving facilities and increases recycling to meet our goal to recycle 75% of waste generated on every project
  • Indoor air quality management planning maintains a high level of indoor air quality, keeps the site cleaner, protects workers at the jobsite and results in a healthier suite for the homeowner
  • Dedicated sustainability coordinator working to manage sustainability initiatives for every project throughout design and construction
  • Independent commissioning agent to verify proper design and operation of mechanical systems upon construction completion, in addition to re-testing within the year of occupancy

Development Preparation For The Future

  • Garbage and recycling facilities designed for efficient, easy sorting and recycling
  • Urban rooftops with well-designed gardens for communal gardening and community development
  • Wall-mounted planters for growing herbs, edible plants and flowers
  • Landscape designed for indigenous or adaptive species, selected for low maintenance and water conservation
  • Rain water conservation with cisterns to reduce runoff, irrigate vegetation and conserve potable water
  • Electric vehicle charging stations for alternate transportation choices
  • Bike lockers to encourage residents to consider alternative means of transportation
  • Carefully planned development locations near recreational and daily amenities to reduce the need for a car