Choosing to call a condo home naturally facilitates your ability to perform daily tasks in a more sustainable manner. But, not all condo buildings are truly built green. This is why it is vital to research the developer thoroughly before purchasing a condo.
Condos that are built green are proven to:
- Dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Recycle more of construction waste and divert away from landfills during the building process.
- Save residents money by using high-performance, energy efficient fixtures and appliances.
- Provide a healthy indoor environment for tenants due to more efficient in-suite ventilation systems.
True green condo buildings are constructed with a serious commitment to sustainable design. The quality of green technologies, amenities, and features are what elevate elite builders above the pack. Here are some examples of what you may find inside only the top ecologically conscious buildings:
- Lighting: All lights are energy saving LED light bulbs.
- Appliances: All appliances have Energy Star certification.
- Paint: Suites are painted with low volatile organic compound paints to minimize off gassing.
- Floors: Installed without adhesives to also reduce off gassing.
- Washroom: Low-flow, high-pressure showerheads and dual flush, water saving toilets.
- Heating, Cooling and Ventilation: Designed with high efficiency or condensing type boilers, variable speed chillers and energy recovery ventilation systems.
- Building Envelope: Designed to decrease heat loss by installing double-glazed argon filled windows with thermally broken frames.
- Parking: Parking garage includes carbon monoxide sensors to activate exhaust fans only when needed, thus reducing exhaust fan energy usage. Furthermore, electric car charging provisions or stations will be available.
- Green Roofs: Vegetated green roofs or rooftop community gardens work to decrease any heat island effects.
- Alternative transportation: Include ample bicycle storage to encourage less car dependency.
- Water: Irrigation systems reduce potable water consumption for landscaping by relying on rainwater harvesting.
According to the Canada Green Building Council, since 2002 LEED Canada has contributed to:
- Energy savings of 6,503,647 eMWh, enough to power 220,702 Canadian homes for an entire year.
- Recycling over 1.6 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste, the equivalent of 491,174 garbage trucks.
- A 1,261,016 C02e tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 238,377 cars off the road for a year.
- Installing 231,608 sq. metres of green roofs, the area equivalent of 153 NHL hockey rinks, to reduce the urban heat island effect and mitigate storm water flows in urban areas.
- Water savings totaling over 12.8 billion litres, the equivalent of 5,131 Olympic sized swimming pools.
So, if living a more eco-friendly lifestyle is a top priority for you, make sure you know how to identify a condo building that is truly built green before you buy.
Download this guide to learn what to look for and key questions to ask your developer.