Designed to support family and community

o A typical unit features spacious open living, dining and kitchen areas, bedrooms, and a den for home office, visitors or hobbies.
o A large 150 m2 (1600 ft2) open common area on the 1st floor for lounging and community events
o Smaller indoor and outdoor common areas on the 2nd and 3rd floors for small gatherings
o Wide 2nd and 3rd floor terraces across the back provide patio space to rear facing units in the larger building
o The basement area of 1100 m² (11,900 ft²) will be used for private storage lockers, and common area spaces like a community kitchen, workshops, studios, exercise and games rooms
o A large back yard for relaxing, gardening and play

Designed to be healthy and sustainable 

Healthy design:
o Healthy building criteria include natural, VOC free materials and finishes, and possibly wiring for electromagnetic radiation mitigation
o High levels of sound mitigation both from exterior noise and between residential units
o Designed to be accessible with entry ramps, an elevator and some accessible units
o Exercise and games rooms in the basement

Reduced energy use:
o Passive House and Net Zero design standards involving increased thermal insulation, air-to-air heat pumps for heating and air conditioning, energy recovery ventilators for fresh air, and triple glazed windows
o Designed to provide summer shade and winter solar gain
o Roof top photovoltaic panels with emergency power backup
o LED and low voltage lighting
o Natural ventilation with operable windows
o Individual unit controls
o Energy efficient appliances
o Indoor bicycle parking and car-share with electric car charging on site

Water conservation:
o Water saving toilets and faucets
o Rainwater harvesting
o Enhanced storm water management

Recycling:
o Interior storage area for municipal solid waste bins and waste sorting
o Composting on site

Video of the existing backyard
(by Ranen Dahan, AirFlow Imaging)

Landscaping:

o Located on a 0.53 ha (1.3 acre) lot featuring ample open space for kids and adults
o A large existing woodland garden with native plantings and mature trees that will remain after construction
o Vegetable/herb gardens

Getting around town:

o Located on City bus routes
o 5-minute walk to Riverside Park, the City trail system, three Christian churches and a mosque 
o 4 blocks (1 km) to the nearest grocery store
o 8 blocks (2.4 km) to downtown by walking/bike trails
o 4 blocks (1 km) to the nearest public school and 8 blocks (2.2 km) to the nearest high school