Integrated design firm, Perkins+Will, announced the completion of Dockside Green Residential Phase 1, Victoria, British Columbia, on 22 July 2008. The announcement proved to be a significant milestone in sustainable building practices with the development acting as a new sustainable building philosophy on a broader, community-based level rather than just one building at a time.
Dockside Green Phase I, also referred to as “Synergy”, includes four detached buildings constructed over a common underground parking structure, including a nine-storey residential tower with minor commercial units on the groundfloors; a two-storey townhouse; a six-storey building with minor commercial units on the ground floor; and, a four-storey residential building which reached Platinum at 63 points.
Sustainable elements implemented include: An integrated energy system that ensures the development will be greenhouse gas neutral; On-site wastewater treatment that is estimated to save more than 70,000 gallons of water annually; Rooftop gardens; A car co-op with Smart Car; Energy Star appliances; Heat recovery ventilations units; Low E double glazed windows and exterior blinds on the west and south faces of each building.
“Our integrated design process empowered us to work with a large team of players to develop a vision for Dockside Green that is truly sustainable,” said Peter Busby, a Founding Member and Current Chair of the Canada Green Building Council and Managing Director of Busby Perkins+Will. “Dockside Green raises the bar for large-scale urban design and planning, and produces an unrivaled sustainable community.”