March 17, 2011
It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so, in tribute to all things green, we’ve got some new details on seven35 [map] by Adera Development, a townhome project on Vancouver’s north shore that will be perhaps the greenest – in the sense of ecological sustainability, of course – in Canada.
The 60 stacked townhomes already under construction at 735 West 15th Street (across from Adera’s NoMa project) will, says Adera Development president Norm Couttie, “be the first Multi-Family LEED for Homes Platinum development in Canada.” It will also be certified as BuiltGreen Gold, which, the company believes, will be the country’s first double certification.
The list of the project’s sustainability features is impressive: windows and appliances, motion sensor light switches, fluorescent light fixtures, low-VOC paints, low-flow faucets, water-efficient irrigation and future photovoltaic capacity for solar cells. Plus, Energy Starseven35 will also have one of the first installations of a ‘building size’ wastewater heat recovery system.
And anyone worried that design flair was sacrificed in the greening process, fear not: the West Coast modern look that has long defined Vancouver’s architectural scene is in fresh and clever supply. Integra Architecture threw in floor-to-ceiling windows connecting the indoors to out, and expansive overhangs induce a sense of shelter against those infamous Van-City downpours. Calvert Design sourced as many natural materials as possible for the interior design, including cedar ceiling planks, natural woods, slates and limestone.
Courtyards among the four buildings will be landscaped with native plants and a bunch of water features, and will be easily enjoyed from ground floor patios or spacious private roof decks.
So all due respect, St. Pattie’s Day revelers, but this is how you make green look cool.
Homes at seven35 by Adera start at under $300,000 and range in size from 450-square foot bachelor pads to more than 1,000-square foot two bedroom, two storey townhomes. To learn more about the project, visit their website.