Matthew Slutsky
BuzzBuzzHome Corp.
November 16, 2009

It seems that more and more condo builders in Toronto are marketing their projects as committed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification; but, Tridel is one company that not only talks-the-talk, but is also walking-the-walk.

Tridel’s Verve condo in downtown Toronto and Nuvo 2 at Essex in Etobicoke have both been recognized with LEED GOLD and SILVER certification respectively from the Canadian Green Building Council.

Verve and Nuvo 2 at Essex represent Tridel’s first communities to receive this internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED building certification recognizes that buildings have achieved sustainability in all key environmental areas: site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

In 2005, Tridel President Leo DelZotto committed to adopting LEED as the minimum standard for all new buildings (see here); and, Tridel has followed through on this commitment.

Rambod Nasrin, Sustainability Manager for Tridel says, “Tridel now represents about 10 per cent of all LEED commercial projects in Canada, with over seven million square feet of LEED-registered projects. This is a serious commitment toward greening the high-rise development industry.”

What are some initiatives that Tridel has taken to be a leader in this field?

Verve (444 homes in a 39-storey tower and six-storey loft feature):
– Energy Star appliances, high efficiency lighting and Autoshare membership for all residents
– A cost effective central heat-recovery ventilator system for continuous ventilation and better indoor air quality
– Building materials that have high recycled content that were manufactured regionally
– Paints and adhesives for interior finishings that are low volatile organic for all suites and common areas.

Nuvo 2 (500+ residents, in a 29-storey residence):
– 34 per cent more energy efficiency than a building designed to code
– Increased bike storage
– Convenient access to the subway
– A community that promotes car independence

Of course, there is a heck of a lot more that goes into obtaining LEED certification, but the above two examples give a small indication of the time, effort and thought that has gone into these building.

“The LEED process certifies a building after construction is completed, which can occur three to four years after initial design. Achieving these certifications requires a collaborative effort from the entire team during design, construction and occupancy,” said Peter Meneguzzi, Director of Project Management for Tridel. “It’s rewarding to see how everything came together to achieve this milestone in Tridel’s green history.”

Congratulations to Tridel on achieving such high standards of Excellence.

Looking for a new condominium or townhome in Toronto, and want to be “green”? Check out any of these Tridel buildings: Hullmark Centre, Avonshire, 300 Front Street West, James Cooper Mansion, The Republic, Solaris At Metrogate, Renaissance, Parc Nuvo, Grand Triomphe 2 and Accolade.

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