Environmental sustainability driving design-based development

We take a broad-ranging approach to sustainable architecture, one that implements the predictable elements – passive building design, low carbon materials and energy efficiencies – then exceeds regulatory requirements and even green building LEED standards, by incorporating advanced systems such as solar and rainwater harvesting. The goal is to weave sustainable design elements into a broader framework that incorporates the social and financial viability of the project. Environmental sustainability is aligned with value creation because the building lasts longer, improves surrounding urban streetscape and costs less to maintain.

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 a rooftop terrace for everyone to enjoy the amenities and panorama of the Niagara Falls Gorge.  The communal design encourages spontaneous interactions outside of the normally private home.

Interior

Solid-core suite entry doors give way to soaring ceilings.  An inner volume of 3 rooms on the main level leads to an open layout allowing living, entertainment and work spaces to be configured as desired.  Engineered wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling moveable glass walls seamlessly merge the interior with the outdoors.  Nature ushers in sunlight and wind, while state-of-the-art HVAC ensures year-around comfort.

Combating Climate Change

Location and Orientation​

​Lightly coloured finishes function as a solar reflectors, minimizing thermal heat gain (the heat island effect) in the summer.  Passive solar heating is provided by large windows that enable the low winter sun to flow into the interior, providing natural light and warmth. The floors act as a thermal mass to store heat gain during the day, and release it in the evening.

Solar Shading

  • Custom engineered cantilevered sunshades allow natural daylight into the building, whilst limiting solar heat gain

  • They reduce the need for air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter significantly lowering energy costs

  • Widely spaced aluminum shades coupled with stainless steel supports and fasteners assure a maintenance and corrosion free system

Natural Storm Water Management

  • Rooftop rain water harvesting, storage and filtration

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

  • Minimize storm runoff by conserving all of the site’s green space

  • Permeable pavers on driveway and walkways encourage natural soil drainage

Building Material​​​

Steel, concrete and stone are extraordinary building material, with incredible environmental benefits, efficiency and cost savings.  Home owners are assured knowing that their buildings will last its useful life with little to no maintenance; significantly reducing environmental impact.  Sintered stone on the roof and facade is highly resistant to atmospheric agents, UV rays, freezing temperatures and urban aggressors, like smog or graffiti.  Large-format stone slabs adds a touch of elegance and purity to buildings.  They are suitable for intensive use on continuous and ventilated facades, yet add a light and avant-garde aesthetic to the project.

Electrical Solar Energy

Solar power is a proven source of clean 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 over 86,400 kWh photovoltaic solar array, equivalent to the energy consumption of 8 residential 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 a power outage

  • Management software seamlessly integrates electric vehicle charging

  • Energy-saving programmable lighting 

  • Occupancy sensors in common areas

  • Exterior LED photocell lighting turns lights ON at dusk and OFF at dawn

Heating, Ventilation and Air​ Conditioning (HVAC)

  • Super high efficiency heat/cooling pumps

  • Heat recovery ventilation

  • Programable thermostats

  • HEPA filtered fresh air ventilation system

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

  • Big-ass fans award-winning designs assure decades of reliable performance and silent operation

Building Specifications

Designed to be at least 50% more efficient than the Ontario Building Code

  • R-60 roof insulation

  • R-40 wall insulation

  • R-20 insulation under living space

  • Sealed building envelope to prevent mold & energy loss

  • LED light fixtures

  • Low-no VOC materials

  • Sound insulation

  • Energy-saving programmable lighting, electric vehicle charging stations

  • Garbage and recycling

Intelligent Home Automation

Unified control of the entire home

  • Smart Lighting
  • Security systems and cameras
  • Smart locks with audio/video communication 
  • Smart thermostats
  • Sun shades

Roller Blinds

  • Robust shading system offer a reliable, functional solution to control glare, reduce solar heat gain and provide natural light control 

  • A choice of control mechanisms are available via a smooth action continuous stainless steel bead chain or motorization

 

Windows and Glass Doors

  • Triple-glazed energy efficient (R5) aluminum windows & door

Kitchen

  • 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

  • Backsplash with stone slabs

  • ENERGY STAR professional appliances to satisfy the most discerning chefs

  • Stainless steel double sink

Bathroom

  • Large format wall tiles

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

  • Shower glass partitions

  • Niches in the shower walls

  • Water-efficient dual flush grey water toilets

  • Low-flow shower heads and tap aerators

  • Stand-alone tub made of eco-friendly natural stone

Parking Garage

  • Underground, FOB security, stair and elevator access​

  • Handicap parking

  • Electric charging stations

  • Bicycle stations

  • Grey water to power wash in the garages

  • Energy-saving programmable lighting with occupancy sensors

Security

  • Communication system for visitor access

  • Extended height, solid core entry door with security view-hole and contemporary hardware

  • Smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors