February 19, 2011
The importance of building new homes to be as sustainable as feasibly possible is nothing new but it’s still kind of cool to learn about how buildings arrive at their energy-savings.
A nifty little diagram by RAWdesign – part of the design team working on the Reflections Residences at Don Mills [map] project – helped us to understand how certain efficiencies will be reached once Reflections is up and occupied.
Reflections, by the way, is a 12-storey, 200-unit condominium building soon to be constructed at the intersection of Lawrence Ave East and Don Mills Road.
As the diagram illustrates, a number of design measures have been incorporated to maximize the building’s energy efficiency throughout the year. Balconies on the south-west facade will be built to both minimize solar heat gain in the dog days of summer and attract warmth in the cold months. The other side of the building will have reduced openings to reduce heat loss in the face of cranky north winds.
Check out the details for yourself: