Ampersand – A Sustainable Community
October 3rd, 2013
Robert Smith, Director, Energy and Environment
The Minto Group
THE MINTO GROUP

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INSPIRATION – A ZERO ENERGY HOME
ASIA PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

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$500,000 in funding
Feasibility of building net zero on a community scale
Focus o...
ZERO ENERGY CONDOMINIUM CONCEPT
UNDER CONSTRUCTION
PILOT PROJECT

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STRIVING FOR NET ZERO

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PROJECT CHALLENGES
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New product for our company
– Either high rise or low rise
Cost prohibitive to go with a...
EQUILIBRIUM COMMUNITIES
EQuilibrium Communities Initiative support
• $550,000 in funding
for Ampersand
• Research based pr...
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY

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AMPERSAND PHASE ONE
ENGAGE THE EXPERTS
CONNECTIVITY

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TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT

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Bus rapid transit
Future Light rail transit
Promotes public transit
Community vis...
STORM WATER RUNOFF

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Simple bio swale
Non innovative
City Planners in agreement
Pushback from Public Works
Poor ...
ZONING ISSUES

• Originally zoned for low
rise
• Revised site plan to
increase density
• Pushback from the
community
• Wil...
CONVENTIONAL SYSTEM

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POTENTIAL DISTRICT ENERGY
CHP PLANT FUEL OPTIONS
• Biomass / Gasification
• Liquid Bio-fuels
• Biogas
DISTRICT SYSTEM BENEFITS
 Avoided costs of mechanical
equipment in buildings

 Avoided mechanical maintenance
in buildin...
PARTNERSHIPS

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SHOWCASING AND AWARENESS

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Lessons Learned
It’s not easy the first time
Never stop innovating!
Benefits out weigh the
challenges
Engage the experts
P...
QUESTIONS?

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  1. 1. Ampersand – A Sustainable Community October 3rd, 2013 Robert Smith, Director, Energy and Environment The Minto Group
  2. 2. THE MINTO GROUP 2
  3. 3. INSPIRATION – A ZERO ENERGY HOME
  4. 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. 5. ZERO ENERGY CONDOMINIUM CONCEPT
  6. 6. UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  7. 7. PILOT PROJECT 7
  8. 8. STRIVING FOR NET ZERO 8
  9. 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. 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. 11. SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY 11
  12. 12. AMPERSAND PHASE ONE
  13. 13. ENGAGE THE EXPERTS
  14. 14. CONNECTIVITY 14
  15. 15. 15
  16. 16. 16
  17. 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. 18. STORM WATER RUNOFF • • • • • Simple bio swale Non innovative City Planners in agreement Pushback from Public Works Poor perception
  19. 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. 20. CONVENTIONAL SYSTEM 20
  21. 21. POTENTIAL DISTRICT ENERGY
  22. 22. CHP PLANT FUEL OPTIONS • Biomass / Gasification • Liquid Bio-fuels • Biogas
  23. 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. 24. PARTNERSHIPS 24
  25. 25. SHOWCASING AND AWARENESS 25
  26. 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. 27. QUESTIONS? 27

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