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Hines Canada and Tridel achieve Toronto's first condo LEED Platinum Certification for Aqualina at Bayside

Hines Canada and Tridel achieve Toronto’s first condo LEED Platinum Certification for Aqualina at Bayside

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Hines Canada and Tridel achieve Toronto’s first condo LEED Platinum Certification for Aqualina at Bayside

Hines Canada and Tridel have achieved a first for a highrise condo in Toronto – LEED Platinum Certification – at the flagship residence in the master-planned Bayside Toronto Community, Aqualina at Bayside. The 13-storey project was completed in 2020.

“For twenty years, Waterfront Toronto has pursued new standards in sustainability and innovation in building complete communities,” says Meg Davis, chief development officer, Waterfront Toronto. “We are proud to have first introduced LEED environmental buildings standards to the Toronto market, which have now been adopted by developers across the Greater Toronto Area. Congratulations to Hines and Tridel for bringing the first LEED Platinum multi-unit residential highrise to Toronto. Waterfront Toronto appreciates their commitment to environmental sustainability in Bayside, and across their developments.”

Nearly a decade has passed since Hines was named the master developer of Bayside Toronto, following an international competition by Waterfront Toronto. Hines brought Canada’s leading condominium developer, Tridel, on as its exclusive residential development partner at Bayside. Aqualina was the first of the four residential projects onsite to launch, and completed occupancy last year. Intentions to pursue LEED Platinum were stated in 2017. Hines was among the earliest supporters of the LEED program in North America, having developed more than 102 million sq. ft. of LEED-Certified, pre-certified and registered properties in six countries.

Left to right, Director of Innovation and Sustainability at Tridel, Adrian Wang; Aqualina Condo Board President Dave Hamilton; and Hines Canada Vice-President of Construction, Michael J. Gross.
Left to right, Director of Innovation and Sustainability at Tridel, Adrian Wang; Aqualina Condo Board President Dave Hamilton; and Hines Canada Vice-President of Construction, Michael J. Gross.

Tridel has established a reputation as one of Canada’s leading environmentally-responsible, Green residential developers, earning several industry awards and distinctions for its Built Green Built for Life approach. As the largest LEED-certified highrise developer, Tridel’s condominiums comprise 25 per cent of all residential LEED projects across the GTA.

Tridel’s Director of Innovation and Sustainability, Adrian Wang, says that Platinum Certification is a significant achievement for the Bayside team. Not only does it mark a first for Toronto, but Aqualina is the second highrise multi-residential project in all of Canada to achieve the designation.

“It’s a remarkable accomplishment, and especially gratifying to achieve LEED Platinum as a condominium residence,” says Wang. “Energy conservation is a crowning feature of Aqualina and the entire Bayside Community. Our collective efforts translate to a healthier, more sustainable community for residents and the city, and the financial savings are passed on to our purchasers. Because of our site-wide approach at Bayside, we’re well positioned to replicate our success at Aquavista, Aquabella and Aqualuna.”

The LEED Canada, Green Building Rating System revolves around key parameters spanning a range of factors, including: Sustainable sites, materials and resources, water efficiency, design innovation, indoor environmental quality, energy and atmosphere and regional priority. Among the innovations contributing to Aqualina’s Platinum Certification are a site-wide water filtration system, sustainable procurement practices and discerning material choices. All LEED certifications are administered by the Canadian Green Building Council.



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Riverview at Uptown Markham is Markham’s first fully smart condominium towers

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Riverview at Uptown Markham is Markham’s first fully smart condominium towers

The fourth phase in the renowned Uptown Markham development by Times Group Corp., Riverview is a consummate balance of historic village charm and modern energy. On June 1, Times Group Corp unveiled Riverview’s most-anticipated family-sized units.

In a rare setting that overlooks the Rouge River, Riverview is an exclusive enclave of three smart signature towers, built to the highest and most energy-efficient LEED Gold standards. With the first two of three towers recently unveiled, Riverview’s last tower is set to open this Summer. Priced from the high $400,000s with units ranging from 579 to 2,360 sq. ft., the new residences offer a range of luxurious family-sized units unparalleled in the city of Markham.

The first fully smart condo towers in Markham, Riverview integrates intelligence, control and adaptability with energy, efficiency and comfort. Enabled by smart-home technology, Riverview offers an outstanding collection of smart condo features including occupancy-sensor smart lighting, automated parcel delivery, license plate recognition for automated entry, and a state-of-the-art Building Automation System (BAS) to control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Other features include enhanced security through smartphone-controlled common area access, cameras and elevator control, future ready electric vehicle charging stations, keyless smart lock suite entry, and advanced Rogers WiFi with unlimited ultra high speed 150 mbps Internet.

The in-suite Wall Pad Home Connect system lets residents use, see and speak video chat to welcome guests and connect to the Riverview concierge. Residents can immediately notify authorities of an emergency, stay up-to-date and receive timely event and building notifications, and receive local weather updates. Suite heating and cooling can also be controlled from your smartphone.

Committed to environmental sustainability, Uptown Markham is Ontario’s first LEED-certified privately-owned residential highrise development. River Park (phase 1) is the first and only LEED Platinum 10-plus-storey building in Canada; Riverwalk (phase 2) is certified LEED Gold and Riverside (phase 3) and Riverview are both LEED Gold candidates.

With the goal of eliminating its carbon footprint, Richview units include an exclusive Energy Star appliance package, thermally insulated Low-E Argon-filled and double-glazed windows, an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV), and a four-pipe HVAC fan coil system for year-round resident-controlled heating and cooling.

Boasting the ultimate in modern luxury, interiors at Riverview will feature open-concept floorplans, welcoming foyers, 10-ft. ceiling heights, contemporary laminate flooring, and engineered quartz stone windowsills. Chef-inspired gourmet kitchens will include custom-designed deep upper cabinetry, premium granite countertops, undermounted stainless-steel kitchen sinks, ceramic tile backsplash, and undercabinet valance lighting.

At the heart of Uptown Markham is Uptown Market – more than 170,000 sq. ft. of shops, services and supermarkets — including a Whole Foods Market, Bed Bath & Beyond and an LCBO. A three-tier, state-of-the-art Amenity Pavilion with a rooftop terrace provides luxurious facilities for the most sophisticated lifestyles. Building amenities include a fully-equipped fitness facility with adjoining his/hers changing rooms, saunas, a large yoga studio, and an indoor swimming pool. Residents will also enjoy the spectacular multipurpose space featuring a bar and fireside seating, a dining area and catering kitchen, a library, party room, and a ping pong and billiards room.

Visit the sales office, located at 60 Town Centre Blvd., Unit A in Markham. The sale office is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. Weekends; closed Fridays.



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TANU condo providing an ‘elevated’ experience

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TANU condo providing an ‘elevated’ experience

While TANU is getting ready for its grand opening on Feb. 9, 2019, its developer, Edenshaw, is putting the finishing touches on a new program that will put TANU in a class of its own. Introducing Edenshaw Elevated, a comprehensive collection of inclusions aimed at making life easier and bringing the Edenshaw residential experience into the high-tech, high-connectivity reality of modern living.

Edenshaw Elevated lets you access key functionality of your home from anywhere in the world. You can monitor your visitors with live, one-way video from the lobby or parking garage, control your thermostat, security system and lighting, check the weather, get building updates and notifications and book facilities all through your smartphone or in-suite wall panel. You’ll receive instant notifications when your door is locked or unlocked for extra protection and security. But that’s not all!

You’ll enjoy high-speed, unlimited data within your suite and throughout the building, all conveniently included in your monthly maintenance fee. You’ll never miss a package again! You’ll receive instant notifications that your parcel has arrived where it will be housed until you pick it up.

The extra conveniences continue into your suite. Forget about providing keys for the key people in your world. With a digital door lock you can unlock your front door with a distinct access code. You can create additional access codes for house-cleaners, dog walkers, family, friends or guests so they can come and go freely.

When it comes to parking in the underground garage, no need to fumble for your access fob. Your car license plate will automatically trigger entry into the parking garage. Plus, with the ability to pre-register guest parking, it’s easy for your visitors to park hassle free. And for people with hybrid or fully electric vehicles, select underground parking spaces will be equipped with electric vehicle plugs. You’ll also enjoy the convenience of weather protected bicycle storage, energy-saving motion detector lighting and a convenient water-efficient car wash station.

One of the most convenient aspects of Edenshaw Elevated is the ability to gain entry to all of TANU’s amenities simply by carrying your smartphone. An app loaded onto your phone will get you anywhere you want to go!

But TANU is more than cutting-edge convenience – it’s resource savings, too! From low-flow toilets, to water saving aerators on taps and shower heads, you’ll save on costs while helping protect precious water resources.

Separate hydro and water metering for each suite, ensures that you’ll pay only for the hydro you use. Energy efficient light bulbs (in-suite and throughout the building) consume significantly less energy than traditional bulbs and last a lot longer.

TANU will be a LEED certified candidate. It will also utilize ERV (an energy recovery ventilator system) that recovers heat and recuperates the energy trapped in moisture, which greatly improves the overall recovery efficiency. With tri-cycle sorters on every floor (garbage, recyclables and organic waste), residents can rest easy knowing they are doing their bit for the environment.

Undoubtedly, Edenshaw Elevated is adding incredible convenience and value to TANU. This, coupled with robust building amenities, will make TANU one of the best places to live in the GTA. Residents will have access to a fully-equipped fitness centre with facilities for cardio, yoga and Pilates, a gorgeous resident’s private dining room and lounge, a games room, stunning outdoor terrace and a welcoming lobby with 24-hour concierge services.

TANU’s Grand Opening is scheduled for Feb. 9, 2019. The public is invited to attend the Edenshaw Experience Centre, located at 72 Lakeshore Rd. E. in Port Credit. Here, you’ll be able to view a huge scale model of TANU, as well as the many floorplan configurations available and experience the beautiful finishes displayed in a variety of vignettes.

Come to the Grand Opening to learn more about this incredible condominium opportunity in Port Credit Village.

Visit the Edenshaw Experience Centre, located at 72 Lakeshore Rd. E. in Port Credit. The Grand Opening is Feb. 9, 2019. The Experience Centre will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and weekends; closed Fridays.


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Builders constantly improve energy efficiency of new homes

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Builders constantly improve energy efficiency of new homes

Energy efficiency is a concern for homeowners, for the obvious reason of saving money on utility bills, but also the impact on the environment. In the home building industry, the Ontario Building Code (OBC) is updated every few years, often resulting in increasing energy efficiency standards in new homes.

It is important, as an industry, to achieve and exceed OBC requirements to create homes with increased sustainability. Participating in voluntary third-party rating systems, such as Energy Star and LEED, is one way builders improve energy efficiency. In addition, numerous builders create their own specific programs to ensure their homes are better built than the OBC.

Undertaking their own research and reviewing new technologies and materials that are cost and time saving, as well as reducing environmental impact, is an ongoing process for residential builders. It is important to keep an open mind when presented with new products while ensuring they are effective. This often requires extensive testing.

For example, Geranium is testing a new liquid tar material to seal flat roofs. The substance is poured into place becoming a puncture-resistant rubber membrane that seals roof edges and penetrations on the exterior more effectively against inclement weather. It is a durable product, requiring less maintenance and repair and decreases drafts, thereby contributing to overall energy saving.


Many builders devote time and energy to enhance their construction techniques to make sure homes are well sealed, incorporate good air flow and have minimal air leakage. These efforts are being acknowledged through industry recognition. The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), for example, includes a Green Home Builder of the Year category in its annual awards. The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) holds a Cross Border Builder Challenge and gives awards for the lowest Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score. The lower the score, the better it is for the environment. Recently, Geranium proudly received the award for the lowest score (HERS 42) in the Canadian midproduction category for a home in our Whitchurch-Stouffville Bloomington Woods community.

There are different ways builders may address energy efficiency. Other examples include using raised heel trusses providing consistent thickness and more space for attic insulation, Tyvek Air Barrier (a home wrap that performs as a superior air barrier), sprayed-in-place expandable foam insulation and Energy Star qualified windows, all of which Geranium uses. To inform people of the benefits of how we build and the process behind it, we’ve created an online video and hold events such as Hard Hat Tours led by the construction team in a home being built prior to drywall installation to help educate our homeowners on the building process.

In the GTA, the push to design more functional smaller spaces is encouraging lowrise builders to create higher density housing forms, and as a result, seek out innovative products. For example, installing a tankless water heater in combination with an air handler for space heating means the equipment takes up less valuable space while improving energy efficiency; a benefit to the homeowner.

Ontario’s builders are focused on offering top-quality energy-efficient homes that will take owners into the future in comfort and with confidence.

Louie Morizio is senior vice-president, construction, housing division for Geranium and a director of RESCON. Since 1977, Geranium has built more than 8,000 homes in fine neighbourhoods and communities throughout Ontario. Geranium.com


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THE LAWYER: Electric vehicles are here to stay

THE LAWYER: Electric vehicles are here to stay

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THE LAWYER: Electric vehicles are here to stay

by Zale Skolnik, Robins Appleby

Ontario is charged with the task of incentivizing electric vehicle infrastructure for condo owners and developers.

Electric vehicles are here to stay. But for Ontario’s ever-growing number of condominium residents, they may want to think twice before putting a deposit down on a Tesla.

Many developers marketing “lifestyle” condominium developments have already taken note of the trend towards electric cars. Electric vehicles lend themselves to the urban driving patterns and lifestyles of urban condo dwellers and the marketability afforded to a development by including electric vehicle compatibility and obtaining LEED certification, which is a selling feature (three additional LEED points are awarded to new buildings that install charging stations). In this respect, many developers are now characterizing charging stations as high-end amenities along with indoor pools and fitness facilities.

From both the attraction and retention perspectives, developers should be aware of the current needs of their prospective purchasers both now and into the future. This awareness is important, as installing the electrical infrastructure during the construction phase of a development avoids all of the financial, logistical and political issues arising from installing charging stations retroactively. But developers need to get creative — shared charging stations are not ideal and there is no mould for what percentage of spaces require electric vehicle parking, nor is there any way to predict who specifically will require an electric vehicle parking space. The best a developer can do is to provide owners with the option of easily installing a charging station in the future by providing the electrical infrastructure at the outset.

Problematically, however, purchasers are unwilling to pay for electric vehicle upgrades.

Currently, the existing Electric Vehicle Incentive Program only incentivizes electric vehicle owners with a rebate for the purchase and subsequent installation of a charging station in their home. The rebates are administered through the electric car purchase incentive and any rebate for installation of a charging station flows through to the owner of the car, not the developer that installed the charging station.

The provincial government is incentivizing electric vehicle ownership without incentivizing the construction of support for the electric vehicles. The province’s seeming misunderstanding of the issues at play have led to a situation whereby people want to buy electric cars because of incentives, but are reluctant to do so because there is no guaranteed infrastructure. It appears evident that owner incentives are just one half of the solution and that developer incentive programs should be initiated so as to provide developers with a reason to create the infrastructure and thereby ease prospective electric vehicle purchasers’ anxiety about not having a place to charge.

There are currently advocacy groups such as Plug’n Drive, which are lobbying the province for change. However, a lot of this change remains owner focused with electric vehicle owner rebate programs. Plug’n Drive has focused on various tenets of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, which is a five-year plan stating specific electric vehicle targets for 2020. Among such tenets are the stated goals of ensuring charging infrastructure is widely available and requiring all new homes with garages to be constructed with plugs capable of charging electric vehicles. For the time being, the plan is fairly general in respect of how electric vehicle charging stations will be incorporated into multi-residential developments. However, there has been speculation that updates to the Ontario Building Code and the impending revised Condominium Act will address the need for newly built condominiums to provide for charging station potential.

With the recently released proposed regulations under the Condominium Act, there has been discussion concerning retrofitting existing condominiums with charging stations but little has been announced on requirements for new builds. The province engaged in a consultation process whereby feedback was collected and we hope to see something more concrete with changes coming into force later this year.

As architects of our future communities, developers are among the people best equipped to enable the increased use of electric vehicles by creating the infrastructure necessary to allow for the installation of charging stations. But to think that developers will create said infrastructure in the face of purchasers who are unwilling to pay for it is misinformed. With consumer demand evident and legislative changes on the horizon, hopefully the province takes this opportunity to incentivize infrastructure construction. Until those legislative changes occur, the horizon remains cloudy and emissions continue to pile up.

Zale Skolnik is an associate at Robins Appleby Barristers + Solicitors.

A version of this story first appeared in Ontario Homebuilder, Fall 2017.


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Cover Story: Editor's Choice: Remington Homes

Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Remington Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Remington Homes

It’s all about choice

Homebuyers can choose from an endless list of builders and developers, communities and home styles. So why do so many choose Remington Homes? What is it about this homegrown Canadian company that makes it stand out from the pack?

As Canada celebrates its milestone birthday, Remington Homes is celebrating another year of providing homeowners with outstanding homes in the GTA’s most desirable communities. In almost three decades, Remington has build more than 10,000 homes and with vast land holdings the company will continue to build exceptional communities well into the future.

This true-blue Canadian company has roots deep in the Canadian soil. As part of the Remington Group, Remington Homes has built distinctive and dynamic communities from Oakville to Markham and throughout the GTA.

Remington communities share innovative home designs, superior craftsmanship and unparalleled service. This is why so many new home purchasers consider Remington Homes to be among the very best homebuilders in the GTA.

What distinguishes Remington is their commitment to functional home designs and their reputation for constructing exceptional communities in amenity-rich locations. These two factors have been the hallmark of their success from the very beginning. But this is not the only thing that makes Remington Homes the builder of choice for so many. The company provides award-winning customer service that gives homeowners extra peace of mind from purchase to move-in and beyond. Remington recognizes that happy homeowners build great communities. Perhaps this attitude is one of the reasons that Remington Homes has consistently earned a rating of Excellence from Tarion.

Remington Homes is committed to balancing design and construction with environmentally friendly considerations to create greener living environments. The company is deeply committed to reducing its impact on the environment. They have been at the forefront of building Energy Star qualified homes that offer healthier and more comfortable living environments while reducing both energy consumption and household carrying costs.

The company has grown to include extensive residential, retail, commercial and condominium developments. Presently, the company has many fine communities at various stages of sales and construction.


Remington Homes is getting ready to launch its newest community, The Brightside in Brampton. The Brightside is a family community within the beautiful Mayfield Village neighbourhood. Here Remington is building a spectacular collection of towns, semis and singles on 32-, 38- and 43-foot lots.

This perfect setting, located at Countryside Drive and Bramalea Road, is surrounded by glorious nature and is close to all of the conveniences of Brampton. Here homeowners will enjoy beautiful parks, fabulous places to hike, bike, skate, swim and explore as well as shop and dine. Excellent schools and a wonderful selection of cultural amenities make The Brightside in Brampton the perfect new community. The Brightside joins an illustrious group of prime communities developed by Remington Homes.


Located in the heart of Markham Centre, Remington’s Downtown Markham is expected to be the largest collection of LEED-certified buildings in North America. When completed, the community will include 15,000 residents, 3.4 million square feet of premium office space and 2 million square feet of retail.

Part of this incredible community is a $25 million public art program spearheaded by The Remington Group. The signature piece of the collection is the Pride of Canada Carousel, which features 44 rideable sculptures made by Canadian artist Patrick Amiot. Each piece is cleverly crafted from reclaimed materials as a tribute to Canada and a nod to sustainability.


Remington Homes’ Captain’s Cove in Midland is a community of 50- and 75-foot bungalows along the shores of Georgian Bay. Here residents can escape the hustle and bustle of big city life filled with traffic and noise.

Captain’s Cove offers a relaxed, serene vacation lifestyle with four seasons of stimulating activity. From boating, swimming, walking and birding in the summer to cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and community sports in the winter. Captain’s Cove’s will soon be releasing a new phase of charming bungalows in this picturesque waterside community.


Remington will soon be releasing an outstanding collection of 45- and 50-foot detached home lots in Oakville’s highly sought-after Preserve community. When Remington Homes started developing plans for The Preserve, it was an opportunity to take decades of insight and create new home designs that would not only be functional and liveable but also offer 360 degrees of beautiful design. The results reflect the superior quality that defines the Remington brand. The finishes at The Preserve provide a level of luxury that sets these homes apart.


Hello Georgetown, Remington Homes’ family-friendly community in Georgetown builds on the company’ long history of home building in this ever-growing neighbourhood.

Remington is getting ready to release their next collection of 40-foot detached homes this fall. The first two phases of this popular community sold out quickly and given the continued demand, this next release will undoubtedly follow suit.


At Wigston Green Estates in Thornhill, Remington Homes has a limited selection of beautifully crafted homes remaining on 60-and 80-foot lots, priced from $3.2 million. This magnificent community of estate homes is located in Thornhill’s most desirable neighbourhood off Bathurst Street south of Highway 7.

One of the remarkable things about Remington Homes is the variety of residential communities it offers. From estate lots to charming townhomes and a wide variety of home and condo styles in between, Remington truly offers something for every life stage and lifestyle.


Go online to find out more and to register for the community of your choice.



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