Architecture Canada n°5 2nd semestre 2008
Architecture Canada n°5 2nd semestre 2008
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www.raic.org/2008 Calgary Redevelopment First of its Kind Calgary Redevelopment claims first LEED Platinum multi-family residence Former hospital site now home to 22 sustainable town homes By Heather Livingston AIArchitect Contributing Editor HHow do you... transforma brownfi eld into welcoming and walkable sustainable residences ? Summary : The Vento Residences, designed by Busby Perkins+Willand located in Calgary, Alberta, used a plethora of sustainable design strategies to garner the first Platinum LEED certifi cation for a multi-family residential project in North America. Completed in May 2006, the 39,000-square-foot Vento is an infill project that offers mixed retail, 20 market-rate town houses, and two affordable town houses within a vibrant inner-city neighbourhood. The project is also a recipient of the Environmental Design + Construction Excellence in Design Award for multi-family residences. The first redevelopment phase of a former hospital site, the Vento Residences are the result of the Windmill Development Group’s desire to bring environmental sustainability to the public consciousness. With this project, the developer set out to establish the benchmark for mixeduse residential and commercial developments in Canada. The Vancouver offi ce of Busby Perkins+Will designed the $8-million Vento Residences with key sustainable elements that ensure a healthy indoor environment for occupants and the integration of energy- and water-effi ciency strategies. « We have successfully incorporated a broad variety of sustainable strategies into a small-scale project on the brownfi eld site of a former hospital, » said Managing Director Peter Busby, FRAIC AIA, LEED -AP. « Achieving Platinum LEED certifi cation now raises the bar for residential developments in Canada. » Situated above the ground-fl oor retail shops, the town houses each have a south-oriented private garden and are accessed from a secondstorey outdoor terrace. A mews-like courtyard terrace separates the position only Calgary’s Vento Residences, the first Platinum LEED-certified multi-family residential project in North America 52 ■ THE ROYAL ARCHITECTURAL INSTITUTE OF CANADA/L’INSTITUT ROYAL D’ARCHITECTURE DU CANADA complex from the adjacent building to the south, serving as an interaction space for the residents who share it and contributing to a sense of community that is often missing in multi-family residential projects. In addition to the 20 market-rate residences, two additional affordable suites that are owned and operated by the City of Calgary are located at grade along the residential side streets that fl ank the project. Energy measures What sets this project apart is the wide array of sustainable strategies involved in a small-scale residential and commercial project, says the architect. For energy effi ciency, the Vento Residences surpass the Model National Energy Building Code by 47 per cent, resulting in net energy savings of 42 per cent. Each town home suite contains a heat-recovery ventilator, radiant-fl oor heating, doubleglazed low-e argon-filled windows, and occupancy sensors for lighting in bathrooms and closets. In addition, deciduous trees have been planted to provide passive, natural shading during the spring and summer months. The decks also double as shades to provide relief from the sun, while the window and building orientation helps warmor cool the town homes, depending on the season. Finally, for the first two years, half of the annual electricity usage is offset through the purchase of renewable power. ARCHITECT : BUSBY PERKINS + WILL/DEVELOPER : WINDMILL DEVELOPMENT GROUP
ARCHITECT : BUSBY PERKINS+WILL Bird’s-eye rendering Detail of the Vento Residences Daylighting and water efficiency While many town houses lack abundant natural light, daylighting was of singular importance in the Vento Residences. Fully three-quarters of the regularly occupied spaces in both the residential and retail areas are daylighted, with 90 per cent having direct views to the outdoors. To save on potable water consumption, the architect specifi ed high-performance, dual-fl ush toilets and water-effi cient appliances, fi xtures, and HVAC equipment. All of the rainwater that falls on site – plus water from sinks, showers, and bathtubs – is collected, stored, and reused for toilet fl ushing and irrigation, netting more than a 50 per cent reduction in water consumption. Air quality To addressindoor air quality issues,either no- or low-VOC paints, adhesives, sealants, and carpets were used. Rapidly renewable and recyclable materials were used throughout the project, including the incorporation of wool carpets in bedrooms and dens, recycled countertops in kitchens, and regionally sourced and manufactured products. « This accreditation illustrates that living green is possible regardless of the size or location of the project, » says Busby. ■ Reprinted with permission from AIArchitect VALCOUSTICS Canada Ltd. Sound solutions to acoustical challenges• Architectural acoustics• Noise and vibration measurement and control• Environmental acoustics Tel : 905-764-5223 Fax : 905-764-6813 www.valcoustics.com solutions@valcoustics.com Consulting Acoustical Engineers Calgary Redevelopment First of its Kind From Ambulance Bays to Underground Parking, Maintenance Facilities to Transfer Stations, Airports to Police and Fire Stations, Indotech has the right solution to meet all your needs. When experience, efficiency, and innovative solutions are what your project requires, Indotech is the answer. Our high-speed doors, industrial garage doors and customer service are unsurpassed in the industry. Indotech, ask for us by name. For further information : Visit our website at www.indotech.ca - Reach us at indotech@primus.ca Callus toll free 1.866.835.TECH (8324) THE ROYAL ARCHITECTURAL INSTITUTE OF CANADA/L’INSTITUT ROYAL D’ARCHITECTURE DU CANADA ■ 53 322817_valcoustics.indd 1 3/23/07 10:03:41 377222_Indotech.indd AM 1 4/8/08 10:50:34 PM ARCHITECT : BUSBY PERKINS + WILL/DEVELOPER : WINDMILL DEVELOPMENT GROUP/PHOTO : JUSTEN LACOURSIERE QUALITY AND STRENGTH FROM THE GROUND UP Manufacturers and distributors of specialty aggregates and sands for the architectural flooring, roofing, cladding, landscape industries and other specialized industries Custom sizes and packaging available:• Architectural Crushed Glass• Basalt• High Density Aggregates• Calcite• Light Weight Aggregates• Dolomite• Limestone• Feldspar• Marble• Granite• Obsidian• River Rock• Quartzite• Traprock• Quartz 1 800-465-5066 (416) 491-0230 Fax : (416) 494-1014 www.colouredaggregates.com 5 Leith Hill Road, Toronto, Ontario M2J 1Y9 Canada 347426_Coloured.indd 1 9/25/07 5:01:14 PM www.raic.org/2008



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