Sustainable Best Practices

Our commitment to sustainable best practices is achievable through our Integrated Design Process, focusing on sustainability:
  • Hold a climate specific Integrated Design Charrette (IDC) involving all key stakeholders and experts;
  • Discuss the the triple bottom line approach to sustainability;
  • Explore various options and innovative technologies;
  • Evaluate options using the Value Methodology and our three tier sustainability criteria;
  • Create a clear collective vision and approach, also called the Basis of Design;
  • Determine the best project delivery method for the client;
  • Use an independent project management professional, competent in sustainable design and construction to act as the building owner's advocate for sustainability (Molson Construction in this case);
  • Conduct a detailed site assessment for solar and sustainable housing factors;
  • Model and test energy performance repeatedly to validate design;
  • Choose a solar photovoltaic system to meet energy demands considering no external power or fuel is supplied to the building; and
  • Examine, model and compare solar thermal or geothermal systems to determine if they are feasible.
Once the planning is complete, we ensure:
  • Selected design team is made familiar with our sustainable design principles; and
  • Selected construction force is educated in our construction sustainability policies. 
Basis of design:
  • The basis of design must always include provisions for a high performance building envelope (includes roofing and foundation);
  • Optimize passive solar;
  • Reduce domestic hot water load, recover heat from wastewater if practical;
  • Use LED lighting instead of conventional;
  • Use low energy, Energy Star rated appliances and equipment;
  • Incorporate a heat recovery ventilator into the mechanical forced air system;