Dockside (Very) Green

Victoria BC’s newest green development, Dockside Green is open for business. Greenprint for the homes of the future

The entire complex will soon have its own sewage and wastewater treatment plant that will return water to flush toilets in each suite, and will also be used to feed a creek and pond system that runs through the development.

Also under construction is an on-site biomass gasification plant, to turn waste wood into energy that will provide heat and hot water to all the units.

And each unit has a “smart” meter that monitors water, heat and electricity consumption, while a novel ventilation system brings in 100 per cent fresh air to each individual suite, rather than pushing air in through the corridors, as is done in most condos.

Some people think that building green means more dollars. The overall costs for this development are only 1 to 1.5% higher than a regular condo development, not a high price to pay for the quality and longer term sustainability that a development like this allows.

Check out their stormwater and sewerage factsheet too.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

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