Have you heard? A study has found that global green building is expected to double by 2018!
Like many stories and reports dotting the media these days, the above article extols the virtues of building green housing and embracing sustainable materials and assemblies in construction. But, now, ideas that were once considered a pipe dream have become an exploding trend that is already reshaping our communities!
On the topic of statistics, did you know that the median operating costs of green buildings decreases by 9 percent in just one year! And this is happening globally. Building owners also report seeing a median increase of 7 percent in the value of their sustainable buildings compared to conventional construction, an increase that is consistent between newly-built sustainable buildings and those that are renovated to be more sustainable. And these financial boons are just a few of the benefits that continue to drive the green building movement globally!
In this way, architect Felix Leicher from Baukultur/ca is ahead of the curve, having built this sustainable masterpiece Urbaneer sold located at 46 Herbert Avenue in The Beach neighbourhood of Toronto.
Design firm Baukultur/ca has always been firmly committed to sustainable housing goals! Lucky for our planet, more and more people are catching on - after all, the case for sustainable housing isn't built solely on cost savings derived from energy efficient construction and finishes. We now know that owning a home that lets you take an active role in reducing your own carbon footprint can substantially improve your well-being and your quality of life! With growing awareness, sustainable building practices will soon outstrip conventional construction techniques, and hopefully - one day - replace them altogether.
46 Herbert Avenue appeals to this growing social consciousness.
From the choices to use sustainable building materials and practices, to energy-saving fixtures, comfort systems, plumbing, lighting and design, this is truly a sustainable home. Sustainable housing and design not only improves a home owner’s life in terms of cost savings, sustainable materials tend to be more durable, which means lower maintenance and greater longevity. Green features include electrically operable skylights to naturally vent for fresh air flow, a new lead free water service, low water use faucets, dual flush toilets, energy efficient & energy star rated appliances, argon-gas low e-coated windows, extra insulation, an air exchange system with heat recovery, hot water 'on demand', a white metal roof to minimize summer heat intake, a smart thermostat with temperature sensors in all principal rooms, smart lighting control with dimmer functions to all lights & “all off“ switches, a smart home energy monitor, sustainable lumber and even recycling of construction debris.
How would your house stack up against a house like 46 Herbert Avenue?
The following chart shows many of Felix's choices for materials and assemblies and how they increase sustainable function beyond conventional construction practices in Ontario, Canada:
This sustainable marvel which marries pragmatism with sublime design elements is an architectural masterpiece - and boasted the ideal trifecta of a Triple AAA location, a well-proportioned 4+1bed 4.5bath space plan, exemplary finishes and a 2 year General Contractor warranty + Additional Building Component warranties!
Want to learn more about sustainable building practices that are becoming all the rage? Check out our recent post, On Building Sustainable Housing In Canada!
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