Niagara Falls

Environmental sustainability driving design-based development

We took a broad-ranging approach to sustainable architecture, one that implements many of the predictable elements – passive building standard, low VOC materials and energy efficiencies – then exceeds regulatory requirements and even green building LEED requirements. We are incorporating advanced systems such as solar, geothermal and rainwater harvesting for a net zero carbon performance. The challenge was to weave sustainable design elements into a broader framework that incorporates social and financial viability. To that end, environmental sustainability was aligned with value creation where the building lasts longer, improves urban streetscape and costs less to maintain.

Solar Power

Solar is a proven source of clean sustainable energy. Solar panels are the most efficient, durable technology on the market, with an expected life of more than 40 years. Today solar power is less expensive than conventional energy.

  • Up to 4,000 SQFT of solar panels provide 86,400 kWh photovoltaic solar array, equivalent to the energy consumption of 8 homes

  • Net metering is a billing strategy where Hydro customers are credited for surplus electricity not used during the day against utilization of the electrical grid at night

  • Optional battery storage protects homes incase of power outage

  • Seamlessly integrated electric vehicle charging

Niagara Condominiums & Lofts solar panel
Niagara Condominiums water harvesting

Rain Water Harvesting

  • Rooftop rain water harvesting, storage and filtration

  • Repurposing rain water for the pool, toilets  and irrigation conserves 450,000 L annually

  • Natural storm water management by conserving all of the green space

  • Permeable pavers on driveway and walkways encourage natural soil drainage

Niagara Condominiums geothermal

Geothermal Heating AND Cooling

  • Buildings heating and cooling accounts for 39% of all carbon emissions
  • The average homeowner saves $3,000 per year by switching to geothermal
Niagara Condominiums & Lofts rooftop

Combating Climate Change

Location and Orientation

Lightly coloured finishes behave as a solar reflectors, minimizing thermal heat gain in the summer (the heat island effect). In the winter, passive solar heating is enabled by large windows that permit the low winter sun to flow into the interior, providing natural light and warmth. The thermal mass of the floors stores heat gain during the day, and releases it in the evening. The energy generated inside the dwellings is all conserved through better and continuous insulation, airtightness and ventilation with heat recovery.

Niagara Condominiums & Lofts solar shading

Solar Shading

  • Engineered cantilevered sunshades allow natural daylight into the building while limiting solar heat gain

  • They reduce the need for air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter

Niagara Condominiums East view

Exterior

By integrating the parking underground, we lifted the building up, optimized the views and maximized natural illumination and ventilation. The outdoor space is streamlined to the rooftop terrace and pool for everyone to enjoy the amenities and panoramic view. The communal design encourages spontaneous interactions outside of the normally private home.

Building Material

  • Steel, concrete and stone are extraordinary building material, with incredible resilience and benefits. Home owners can be assured knowing that their building will last its useful life with little to no maintenance, significantly reducing environmental impact.

  • Sintered stone on the roof is highly resistant to atmospheric pollutants, UV rays and extreme temperatures.

  • Architectural metal wall systems are ideally suited for intensive use on continuous and ventilated facades. The ultimate building envelope is achieved with insulated metal wall panels covered by an unprecedented 30-year thermal performance warranty, yet they add a light and avant-garde aesthetic to the building.

  • Passive standard at least 200% more efficient than the Ontario Building Code, includes R-80 roof insulation, R-45 wall insulation and sealed building envelope.

  • Exceeding the 2018 Toronto Green Standard recommendation of less than 50% window-to-wall, solar shading, high-performance glazing assemblies, energy-recovery ventilation, etc.
Niagara Condominiums waterfront terrace

The Million Dollar View 

  • 54 x 10 foot rooftop infinity pool
  • Pre-fabricated one-piece stainless steel vessel and shell warranted for 25 years
Niagara Condominiums stairwell

Interior

  • Solid-core suite entry doors give way to 9′ ceilings, soaring up to 20’

  • An inner volume of 3 rooms on the main level leads to an open layout where living, entertainment and work spaces can be configured as desired

  • Ultraclean small reveal wall detail (eliminate dusty baseboards)

Windows and Doors

  • Architectural, slim lines and big glass

  • European ’tilt & turn’ design

  • Engineered wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling moveable glass walls opening 13’ wide to the outdoors

  • Triple-glazing low E Argon aluminum high performance  (U Values 0.16 – 0.23)

Niagara Condominiums & Lofts tree
Niagara Condominiums & Lofts shades

Roller Blinds

Robust automated shading systems offering reliable, functional solution to control glare, reduce solar heat gain and provide natural light control

Intelligent Home Automation

Unified control of the entire home

  • Smart LED lighting with occupancy sensors 

  • Security systems and cameras

  • Smart locks with audio/video communication 

  • Smart thermostats, sun shades, etc 

Heating, Cooling and Ventilation (HVAC)

  • Super high efficiency heat/cooling pumps
  • Geothermal exchange for radiant floor heating in the winter and cooling in the summer
  • Heat recovery ventilation

Fans

  • Work in conjunction with the HVAC for added energy savings

  • Fans produce a 10 degree cooling effect in the summer. In winter fans push rising hot air trapped at the ceiling back down to the floor.

Niagara Condominiums living room
Niagara Condominiums kitchen

Kitchens

Spacious and elegant, strictly modern with clean lines, designed with refined minimalism, manufactured locally by skilled artisans, using only premium material and fine finishes

  • Prominent 8’ x 5′ full stone island

  • Professional appliances to satisfy the most discerning chefs

  • Countertops and backsplash with stone slabs

  • Double stainless steel under mount sink with pull-out spray faucet

Niagara Condominiums & Lofts kitchen sink
Niagara Condominiums washroom

Bathrooms

  • Large format wall tiles

  • Curb-less showers with a single slope to a linear drain

  • Shower glass partitions with niches in the walls

  • Water-efficient dual flush rain water toilets

  • Stand-alone natural stone 6’ bathtub

  • Designer fixtures complete with pressure balance valve

  • Low-flow taps and shower heads aerators

  • Full width designer vanity mirror with lighting
Niagara Condominiums & Lofts kitchen faucet

Garage

Underground, FOB security, stair and elevator access

  • Electrical vehicle charging stations

  • Handicap parking

  • Bicycle parking stations (inside and out)

  • Grey water to power wash in the garages