Green Living

Tridel’s 70 year history has been marked by significant milestones representing innovation and leadership. Our core values have always been Quality, Teamwork, Integrity, Innovation, Family Values and Safety, it was these guiding principles that lead to our Built Green. Built for Life® program in 2003. This program started as a commitment to improving energy efficiency in buildings and to help insulate homeowners from rising energy costs. This leadership soon evolved into a major commitment to building all new projects to meet the most comprehensive environmental certification program called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED®. Since 2005, Tridel has designed well over 20 new projects to the strict requirements of LEED®, recognized as the most credible third party certification program. With multiple awards, such as the BILD, Green Builder of the Year, High-Rise, Tridel has been recognized by the industry as one of Toronto’s eminent Green Builders.

In 2004, Tridel started its internal Sustainability division to dedicate a team focused directly on Certification, Research and Development.

At every stage, from the initial design and planning, to resident occupancy, our team works behind the scenes to ensure your home meets not only your expectations, but ours as well. We understand that while one company can make a difference, it is through working together as an industry where we will be able to establish the kinds of necessary change that meets the needs of today’s homeowners while safeguarding the well-being of future generations. Tridel has worked with industry groups to advance green building design and worked with manufacturers to develop new equipment and products. On balance, Tridel is responsible for mainstreaming many potentially transformative new approaches. Fully integrated with the Construction arm of Tridel, the Sustainability team works directly with the Sales Group, Customer Care and Property Management divisions to adhere to environmentally responsible practices across our entire corporation. Our efforts in research and development provide the highest quality of design, demonstrated performance and economical sustainability.

Tridel Built Green® Certification means a Better Building

Every building has an environmental impact. Did you know that buildings consume a third of all primary energy, two thirds of all electricity and another third of all raw materials? Clearly, as condominium developers and owners, it is our collective duty to try and lessen that. From the earliest planning and development to occupancy of your home, our team works to ensure your home is designed and constructed to Tridel’s strict standards.

We think LEED® is the most established and comprehensive green rating system out there and it is important for our customers to have third party certification, so you know there is no ‘green washing’ here. LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is administered by the Canada Green Building Council. There are seven categories outlined by the LEED® NC (New Construction) Program.

1. Sustainable Sites
2. Water Efficiency
3. Energy & Atmosphere
4. Materials & Resources
5. Indoor Environmental Quality
6. Innovation and Design Process
7. Regional Priority

We are very proud to have sold more LEED® candidate suites than any other builder in the GTA. To date, Tridel has 22 communities designed for LEED® certification and has sold over 5000 ‘green’ suites across the GTA, equivalent to approximately 7.5 million square feet, and we’re just getting started!

Sustainable Sites

Water Efficiency

Energy & Atmosphere

Materials & Resources

Indoor Environmental Quality

Innovation & Design Process

Regional Priority

Benefits of a Tridel Built Green. Built for Life® Community

If helping the environment didn’t top your list of reasons for buying a Tridel home, you’re not alone. However, the innovation and health benefits of your Tridel Built Green. Built for Life® building may change that. There’s something for everyone. If new technologies fascinate you, Built Green. Built for Life® communities open a window on the future of urban living. If you watch monthly operating costs closely, you’ll be pleased to learn that our green buildings use less electricity, gas and water. And health conscious homeowners will especially appreciate the improved indoor air quality.

Today we’re inundated with information and images about buying and living “green”. But how do you distinguish between facts and hype? Look for third party certification like LEED® and start by understanding the difference between typical buildings and buildings constructed in an environmentally conscious manner.

One of the biggest differences is in the design of low water and energy systems consumption. Also, by reducing energy and water consumption, green buildings have a positive impact on your monthly maintenance fees. Your payoff is exponential where you achieve greater sustainability, reduce your environmental impact, lower your operating costs and save money. So, when you chose to live in a Tridel Built Green. Built for Life® Community, the “right” choice was the $mart choice too.

More Ways a Naturally Better Building Saves You Money

  • Using less energy – Energy costs represent a significant portion of a condominium’s common area assessment – up to 40%! Less energy will mean lower common charges. Simple. Each LEED® certified green building can reduce energy consumption by over 30%.
  • Using less water – Water charges are also rising in the City of Toronto. Tridel installs dual flush toilets and low flow faucets and showerheads to reduce consumption by approximately 40%.
  • Controlling your suite’s utility consumption – Sub-metered billing for electricity, hot water and heating and cooling costs let you manage your consumption and, likewise, your costs. You only pay for what you use.
  • Controlling your building’s energy consumption – Your building is equipped with sophisticated systems that allow efficient energy management. Building Commissioning is a third party process that ensures all building systems are installed and operating optimally. Energy Management is an ongoing service that ensures your building systems remain efficient and optimal.

Preserving Our Water

Water is one of our most precious resources. While water covers a vast portion of our planet, less than 1%* of all water on earth is available for human use. In Ontario, we are blessed to live in close proximity to the Great Lakes basin, the largest source of fresh water on earth. But the Great Lakes do not give us an inexhaustible supply, only 1% of the Great Lakes waters are renewed each year.* Canadians use more water per capita than almost anyone else in the world. Between population growth and the increasing demand for water, conserving this precious resource is more important than ever. Every Tridel building is designed to reduce potable water consumption by 30%-40% through water efficient fixtures and appliances. In an average high rise condominium building this amounts to 10-15 million litres of water saved each year – equivalent to over 5 Olympic size swimming pools. Water efficiency also means a further reduction downstream in our municipal treatment and pumping facilities, resulting in lower power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the City’s associated infrastructure. Saving water also reduces costs for your building; water rates have been escalating approximately 9% annually in the City of Toronto. The following are common features in your building that contribute to major water savings:

Showers & Faucets: all fixtures in your suite are equipped with high pressure – low flow aerators.  Water saving aerators will easily reduce consumption by approximately 20%-40%.  Reducing the volume of hot water also means a direct saving in your gas bill.

Appliances: Energy Star appliances are a standard Tridel feature in all new homes. Appliances such as laundry and dishwasher substantially reduce water consumption by approximately 30%-50%. Front loading washing machines also spin much faster and can remove water from your wet clothes more effectively – that’s a major electrical savings by reducing the dryer run time.

Low flow toilets: Dual flush toilets have a half-flush option, estimated to save approximately 30% water in your community. This technology was developed in Australia and has been adopted by Tridel as the standard toilet option.

Irrigation & Landscaping: Native vegetation landscaping and green roofs are rapidly increasing in popularity due to their  adaptive nature, reduced maintenance and minimized irrigation. The “Smart” irrigation design, where water demand is controlled by satellite weather information, combined with the use of rainwater collection, is estimated to significantly reduce water consumption.

*Source: City of Toronto 2017

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
Household Waste Management

Waste management and diversion from landfills has become a focal point in every municipality, as each is working hard to develop new programs to reduce waste streams. Canadians throw out over 25 million tonnes of waste each year. That’s one tonne of garbage for every Canadian.* Recently, new programs have been developed to facilitate recycling, organics and waste diversion in residential homes. With such programs, homeowners are being given the tools to manage their household waste and increase the diversions of waste from landfill. Programs such as organics are now being integrated, helping homeowners support waste diversion.

Different Types of Household Waste

Blue Bin: Cardboard, Paper, Plastics, Clear Glass and Aluminium

Green Bin: Food and food scraps, plants, animal waste including kitty litter and soiled tissues or napkins

Garbage: normal household waste which is not hazardous, recyclable or organic

Electronics: From cell phones to computers, keyboards and even old calculators, electronic waste can often be recycled or repurposed. Ask your Property Management Office for information on electric waste collection in your community.

Hazardous Waste: Household Hazardous Waste can sometimes be a confusing issue. Items such as oil for your car, CFL light bulbs, batteries, paint and electronics should be diverted from landfill or normal waste. These products are harmful to the environment and need to be disposed of properly. Household Hazardous Waste is any product that is corrosive, explosive, flammable or poisonous and should never be placed in your garbage, blue box or green bin. As a community, a Red Bin cabinet has been provided to make it easier to deal with Hazardous Waste. Alternatively, hazardous wastes depots are provided by the City of Toronto at several locations.

Air Quality Innovations for Healthier Living

At Tridel, we understand that where you live is as
important as how you live. That’s why we’ve taken steps to safeguard your home environment by installing superior systems and materials in your new home.

On average, by living in a Tridel Built Green. Built for Life® condominium community with 300 or more homes, you help reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) by approximately 500 tonnes. Wow! A reduction in GHG means better air quality and improved health for you, your community and greater neighbourhood. Here are some of the included benefits of living in your Built Green. Built for Life® community.

  • Low emitting materials – Your carpets, paints and adhesives contain fewer volatile organic compounds
  • Improved ventilation – Your ERV delivers fresh air to your suite while exhausting stale air from your washrooms
  • Air tight construction – minimizes transfer of contaminants like tobacco smoke between suites

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Indoor pollution sources such as upholsteries, carpets, adhesives, cleaning products, printers and photocopiers, combustion appliances and furnaces, plastics, building materials (such as urea formaldehyde and creosote infused wood products), inks, paints, and finishes release gases and particles into the air that are often toxic (VOCs).

Toxins emanating from pesticides, fertilizers, radon and tobacco smoke can infiltrate from outdoors too. Poor ventilation can compound the effect of these pollutants, resulting in poor human health, headaches and absenteeism. Indoor air quality can be greatly improved by choosing non-polluting material and cleaning solutions while providing appropriate ventilation systems.

How you live is as important as where you live. We kept that in mind when sourcing the partners whose products are in your Homeowners Green Gift. We looked for people and companies who shared our vision of sustainability and our Core Values of Quality, Teamwork, Integrity, Innovation, Family Values and Safety. Our gift to you includes green essentials for you to use during your first months in your new home, from personal care products to cleaning materials, and more!

enjoy!
We feel our “green gift” is an amazing opportunity to create a powerful agent of environmental change while giving you the confidence of personal and homecare products that have been tried, tested and true.
Our employees have personally used every product to make sure they are good enough for you.

clean & green
Small steps lead to bigger change and we grow “greener” one good decision at a time.

We believe that the smell of new and clean is not paint, ammonia or bleach but rather no smell at all. Or even better, the scents of fresh flowers and citrus, like the products we’ve selected for your gift.

Most of the products in your gift are third party certified for their sustainability. We have worked to provide the best options to you that achieve both green and clean.

We hope you enjoy our “green gift” as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.

Remember: Always read labels carefully before using any cleaning product and use only as directed. This prevents unnecessary damage to the finishes in your new home. Remove any excess cleansers from surfaces after cleaning.

Our Partners in Your Green Gift

Nature Clean offers non-toxic, environmentally safe alternatives for household cleaning, laundry and personal care products. Nature Clean is a 100% Canadian owned and family run company and has been dedicated to providing safer consumer household products for over four decades.

affresh® cleaners offers a complete line of interior and exterior cleaning products to keep your appliances looking and performing like new. Visit afresh.ca to learn about some great cleaning tips, where to get more and to join the conversation on their blog.

With the Green Gift, Tridel has created a value added program for our customers that is part of our education program.  Although we have tested all products provided in the Green Gift for compatibility with the finishes of our homes, we recommend that you read and follow all manufacturers’ specifications for use and storage prior to use.  Although we have made recommendations, ultimately all decision making is your own personal responsibility and privilege.  

Green Cleaning at Home

There may be no need to alter your current cleaning or living routine to adopt a green cleaning program in your new home. All you need is a desire to live healthier and a willingness to try something new. First thing? Many household products are hazardous materials. At any given time, there may be thousands of chemicals off gassing in your home, effecting your indoor air quality and ultimately, you. Think of paints and paint thinners, oven and drain cleaners, mothballs, floor and furniture polish, rug and upholstery cleaners, and pesticides. They may be harmful. Clever marketing would have us believe that we need a specific cleaner for every single item in our homes. Not only is this not true, following this advice can inadvertently lead to a toxic stew. The fumes from bleaches and ammonias can mix together and accidentally create a poisonous gas while we clean our houses. But there are organic alternatives to most of these workaday toxic household products. These natural and eco-friendly alternatives are readily available and ensure your home is a healthy and safe environment.

VINEGAR

Naturally cleans like an all-purpose cleanser. Mix a solution of 1-part water to 1-part vinegar in a spray bottle. It’s also an excellent deodorizer and disinfectant. It’s safe to use on most surfaces and has the added bonus of being incredibly cheap and don’t worry, the smell disappears when it dries. Here are some uses for vinegar in the rooms of your house.

Note: Always make sure your solution is properly diluted. Always test your solution first on an inconspicuous area. Never use vinegar on marble surfaces.

LEMON JUICE

Is another natural substance that can be used to clean your home. It dissolves soap scum and hard water deposits. It cleans and brings a shine to brass and copper.

BAKING SODA

Scrubs surfaces the same way as commercial abrasive cleansers. It’s also an excellent deodorizer. Place a box anywhere you need to absorb odours, especially in the refrigerator and freezer.

Other Green Alternatives

Instead Of:

  • ammonia-based cleaners
  • silver cleaner
  • toilet cleaner
  • disinfectants
  • drain cleaners
  • rug/upholstery cleaner
  • mothballs
  • oil-based paints
  • furniture stripper
  • house plant insecticide

Use:

  • baking soda & water
  • boiling water, baking soda, salt, and a piece of aluminum
  • baking soda and a toilet brush
  • 1/2 cup borax in 1 gallon of water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup of vinegar in boiling water
  • dry cornstarch
  • cedar chips, lavender flowers
  • latex or water-based paints
  • sandpaper
  • dishwater or bar soap & water

NOTE: We’re not suggesting you should throw away all the cleaning products in your home today. Rather, replace your current supplies with healthier alternatives as the need arises so you won’t have to worry about waste. If you do have excess, please remember to dispose of them properly.

Interesting Green Facts

  • Fluorescent light is 4 to 5 times as efficient as an incandescent light.
  • Standard incandescent bulbs use 90% of their energy to make heat and only 10% to make light.
  • Showerheads can use up to 1/3 of all the hot water used in a home.
  • White walls and ceilings reflect 80% of the light whereas dark walls reflect only 10%.
  • One drop per second from a leaky faucet will waste enough hot water every month for 16 hot baths.
  • Frost free refrigerators cost 50% more to run.
  • Leaky faucets dripping at one drop per second could waste 8,448 liters of water per year.
  • Using a ceramic coffee mug conserves the amount of energy it would take to manufacture 500 paper cups.
  • Recycling paper can cut pollution by 50%, water by 60% and energy consumption by 70%.
  • The average home washing machine is used 416 times per year.
  • Americans buy 2.2 million light bulbs per day.
  • Direct sunlight is 100 times brighter than the light from a strong reading lamp.
  • Compact Fluorescent lamps last ten times longer than an incandescent.
  • Dishwashers commonly use water heated to 140 degrees which is hotter than any other water used in the home.
  • About 80% of the energy that your dishwasher uses heats the water.
  • On an average summer day, air conditioners pump enough cold air to produce 16 trillion ice cubes.
  • Refrigerators use 7% of the nation’s electricity.
  • Refrigerators account for 25% of the average electricity bill.
  • If each member of a family of four takes a daily five-minute shower, the family will use more than 2,800 liters of water every week, which is a three-year supply of drinking water for one person.
  • About 15% of the energy used for heating homes warms air that is leaking through cracks.
  • Over a refrigerators life span (15 to 20 yrs.), the electricity it costs to cool costs several times its purchase price.
  • Twelve times as much heat escapes from your house through a single-pane window as through a typical wall.
  • Ceiling fans consume as little energy as a 60-watt bulb, which is about 98% less energy than most central air-conditioners use.
  • Canadians waste 340 liters of water per person per day, this is twice as much as the average European consumes.
  • The average home spends close to 10% of their electric bills on lighting the home.
  • It takes more energy to cool an empty freezer than it does a full one.
  • Microwave Ovens use up to 75% less energy than an oven.
  • In a typical home about 54% of energy costs is for heating and cooling and 20% is in hot water usage.
  • Any appliance that is remote control operated still uses electricity even when not in use.
  • Using a dishwasher can actually be more efficient than washing dishes by hand, assuming you use the dishwasher once for every 3 or 4 times you would wash dishes by hand.
  • In winter, Ontario’s greatest demand for electricity usually occurs from 4 PM to 9 PM. Try switching non-essential chores to the off peak times between 9PM and 7AM.
  • 60% of the energy used by a computer is used by the monitor.
  • Contrary to popular belief, less energy is consumed when lights are turned on and off as you come and go than if a light is left on all the time.

Source: Provident Energy Management, 2016

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Deciphering Eco-Friendly Logos

With products everywhere advertising natural ingredients and earth friendly promises, it’s hard to sift through the hype. These third-party endorsements and trusted environmental logos are the key to ensuring what you purchase for your home is healthier and truly eco-friendly.

The Green Seal is an internationally recognized environmental standard. Products bearing this symbol have been third-party certified as environmentally friendly.

Energy Star is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment. This logo’s presence on an appliance is your
assurance of energy efficiency.

Hi Efficiency is especially important for Laundry Detergent in Energy Star rated Whirlpool washing machines.

Ecologo certified products, services, and packaging are certified for reduced environmental impact. Ecologo certifications are voluntary, multi-attribute, lifecycle based environmental certifications that indicate a product has undergone rigorous scientific testing, exhaustive auditing, or both, to prove its compliance with stringent, third-party, environmental performance standards.”

The Leaping Bunny Program assures that no new animal testing was done in any phase of your product’s development.

The mobius loop, an international recycling symbol, can be found on many products. Note: A mobius loop in a light background means that the packaging or product can be recycled where facilities exist. A light mobius loop on a dark background advises consumers that the product contains recycled materials.

The Canada Green Building Council, or CaGBC, is a not-for-profit organization created to further the expansion of green building in Canada and is dedicated to the LEED rating system and high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes and communities throughout Canada.