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Ampersand: A Sustainable Community - Robert Smith

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Robert Smith, Director of Energy and Environment, The Minto Group
Lessons Learned from an EQ Community

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  • 1. Ampersand – A Sustainable Community October 3rd, 2013 Robert Smith, Director, Energy and Environment The Minto Group
  • 2. THE MINTO GROUP 2
  • 3. INSPIRATION – A ZERO ENERGY HOME
  • 4. ASIA PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP • • • • • • • $500,000 in funding Feasibility of building net zero on a community scale Focus on energy reduction and generation Testing of innovative technologies Zero energy condominium (14 units) Mixed use community of 1000 homes (new product) Affordable
  • 5. ZERO ENERGY CONDOMINIUM CONCEPT
  • 6. UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  • 7. PILOT PROJECT 7
  • 8. STRIVING FOR NET ZERO 8
  • 9. PROJECT CHALLENGES • • • • • • • New product for our company – Either high rise or low rise Cost prohibitive to go with a centralized system – Over engineered? – 400% budget overrun Trades unfamiliar with technologies Fear of the unknown Non – Canadian products (APP requirement) – Reliability of foreign product – Warranties Structural issues with large PV array – Engineering – Integration with mechanical equipment Can it be reproduced?
  • 10. EQUILIBRIUM COMMUNITIES EQuilibrium Communities Initiative support • $550,000 in funding for Ampersand • Research based project TM $550,000 total funding from CMHC and NRCan – Strategies Activities include: cases – Business  analysis for renewable energy; green financing; • Sustainable community focus stormwater run-off and water use reduction; and – Community design sustainable landscape practices – Optimized use  consultation/alignment with approval authorities – Affordability  showcasing performance A collaborative initiative between Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • 11. SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY 11
  • 12. AMPERSAND PHASE ONE
  • 13. ENGAGE THE EXPERTS
  • 14. CONNECTIVITY 14
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  • 17. TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT • • • • • Bus rapid transit Future Light rail transit Promotes public transit Community vision 1 parking space/unit – 50% development credit • $2,500/unit
  • 18. STORM WATER RUNOFF • • • • • Simple bio swale Non innovative City Planners in agreement Pushback from Public Works Poor perception
  • 19. ZONING ISSUES • Originally zoned for low rise • Revised site plan to increase density • Pushback from the community • Will the market sustain this type of product
  • 20. CONVENTIONAL SYSTEM 20
  • 21. POTENTIAL DISTRICT ENERGY
  • 22. CHP PLANT FUEL OPTIONS • Biomass / Gasification • Liquid Bio-fuels • Biogas
  • 23. DISTRICT SYSTEM BENEFITS  Avoided costs of mechanical equipment in buildings  Avoided mechanical maintenance in buildings  Avoided heating fuel to buildings  Reduced space required in condos for mechanical room  Consistent supply of energy
  • 24. PARTNERSHIPS 24
  • 25. SHOWCASING AND AWARENESS 25
  • 26. Lessons Learned It’s not easy the first time Never stop innovating! Benefits out weigh the challenges Engage the experts Partnerships are key Engage your customers!
  • 27. QUESTIONS? 27

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