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 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
Rain Water Harvesting
Water utility rates are the fastest increasing utility cost in Ontario. Protecting our clean fresh water is a priority.
Rooftop rain water harvesting, filtration and storage
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
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
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 concrete 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.
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
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.
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 house standard is at least 200% more efficient than the Ontario Building Code, includes R-80 roof insulation, R-45 wall insulation and a 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.
The Million Dollar View
- 54 x 10 foot rooftop infinity pool
- Pre-fabricated one-piece stainless steel vessel and shell warranted for 25 years
Perfectly situated at the epicentre of Niagara Falls, steps away from the historic downtown and the eccentric Clifton Hill, where there are a plethora of attractions, cafes and restaurants. The neighbourhood itself is serene and family friendly, yet nestled in nature’s masterpiece.
- Overlooking the Niagara river to the East, great hiking and fishing awaits at the splendid Niagara Gorge which extends for 11 kilometres downstream to the Queenston escarpment.
- The spectacular Niagara Falls are on display to the South.
- The West side backs onto a City park with an open field, tennis, basketball and soccer courts, and children’s play structures.
- The Niagara parkway winds South to the charming Niagara-on-the-Lake where you are encouraged to cycle and explore Niagara Parks, botanical gardens and wineries.
A rigorous integrated design approach to maximize each component of a high performance building optimizes the occupant’s experience. We showcase innovative products, equipment and market solutions to deliver a healthy and productive indoor environment with minimal energy use.
Solid-core suite entry doors give way to 9′ ceilings, soaring up to 20’
An inner volume of 3 rooms on the main level lead to an open layout where living, entertainment and work spaces can be configured as desired
- Ultra-clean small reveal wall and frame trim details (minimize 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-glazed low E Argon aluminum high performance (U Values 0.16 – 0.23)
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
- Very comfortable radiant floor heating
- Geothermal exchange heating in the winter and cooling in the summer
- Heat recovery ventilation
Work in conjunction with the HVAC for added energy savings
Fans produce a 10 degree cooling effect in the summer. In winter they push rising hot air trapped at the ceiling back down to the floor.
Spacious and elegant, strictly modern with clean lines, designed with refined minimalism, manufactured locally by skilled artisans, using only premium material and fine finishes
Full 8’ x 5’ waterfall 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
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
Underground, FOB security, stair and elevator access
Electrical vehicle charging stations powered by the sun
Bicycle parking and storage inside and out
Grey water to power wash in the garage