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Tridel Corporation has once again been named Green Home Builder of the Year, High Rise (2014) at this year’s BILD Awards. The Building Industry and Land Development Association handed out the prestigious award along with several others at a gala event on Friday, April 24. In addition to the Green Builder of the Year, one of BILD’s Pinnacle awards, Tridel also won the Pinnacle award for Best P2G (Places to Grow) Community of the Year for its Aquavista at Bayside condominiums.
Tridel has been recognized several times in the past as Green Builder of the Year. No other high-rise multi-unit residential builder in Ontario has more square footage built to LEED certification than Tridel. More than one-quarter of all high-rise residential LEED projects built in Ontario are Tridel buildings. In 2014, Tridel delivered close to 2,000 green condo homes, and has an additional 3,200 under construction. Tridel is also building two LEED Platinum candidate communities, the brand new Aqualina and Aquavista at Bayside.
A typical Tridel building consumes 35 per cent less electricity, 40 per cent less natural gas and 40 per cent less potable water than a Code Model Reference Building. In the case of Aqualina and Aquavista, energy targets were raised to 58 per cent less electricity, 46 per cent less natural gas and 47 per cent less potable water.
Through an innovation program and partnership with TowerLabs at MaRS, Tridel is able to incorporate many high-performance technology systems into the design and construction of all its buildings. These include:
- Net zero energy condo suites, in which energy produced by the suite’s solar panels equals or exceeds energy consumed.
- Regenerative braking elevators that capture lost energy, allowing the motors to act as generators during periods of low loads.
- Roof top community gardens for growing organic vegetables.
- Carbon-injected concrete blocks, a technology that accelerates the curing and carbonization process, reducing the greenhouse gas footprint of pre-cast concrete products, while permanently storing post-industrial CO2.
- Electricity generating treadmills and bottle water filling fountains in condos’ common elements to conserve resources.
P2G Award for innovation and sustainable design
The second Pinnacle award for Tridel, the P2G (Places to Grow) Community of the Year, was given for Aquavista at Bayside, part of the massive Toronto waterfront redevelopment now underway. The P2G award honours builders for innovation in sustainable development, urban design and technology. Brandon Communications, Drive Agency and Kirkor Archtects & Planners are also named in the P2G award citation.
Together, master developer Hines International and Tridel Corporation have developed a plan for the Bayside neighbourhood that transforms it from derelict, under-utilized land into an active, diverse, mixed-use community. Including the Aquavista and Aqualina condominiums, there will be approximately 190,000 square metres (2 million square feet) of real estate—commercial, residential, cultural and retail.
Awards won by Tridel and partners/associates at this year’s BILD Awards
- Green Home Builder of the Year, High‐Rise: Tridel Corporation
- P2G Community of the Year, High‐Rise: Tridel Corporation, Aquavista at Bayside; Brandon Communications, Drive Agency, Kirkor Architects & Planners
- Best E‐Mail Marketing Piece, High‐Rise: Tridel Corporation, Corporate, The Brand Factory
- Best Suite Design, 750–1,500 square feet: Tridel Corporation, Aquavista at Bayside; S7, Kirkor Architects and Planners
- Best Model Suite: Tridel, 300 Front Street West; Tridel Corporation, Stella Salvador, Principal Interior Designer, Tridel Internal Interior Design Team
- Best Salesperson or Team, High‐Rise: Tridel Corporation, Alter