We love Minto Southshore, not only because of the remarkable floorplans and stunning finishes, but also because of the innovative features and quality construction that deliver performance well beyond Ontario Building Code (OBC), benefit the environment, improve indoor air quality , and save our homeowners money.
When our team set out to create Minto Southshore, we developed the project targeting Silver level certification under the LEED Canada for Homes building system. Now that the project is complete, we’re excited to announce Minto Southshore has exceeded expectations and been awarded LEED Canada for Homes Gold certification!
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is an internationally recognized third party verification program for sustainable building and energy performance. The LEED Canada for Homes certification is awarded by scoring a home or building’s performance in eight key areas of human and environmental health: innovation & design process, location & linkages, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality, and awareness & education. By demonstrating excellence in each of these categories, the home or building has been acknowledged as a healthier, better building that will provide value to homeowners.
Here are some of the ways that Minto Southshore’s features contribute to the LEED certification:
Location & Linkages
– Previously an industrial site, the Minto Southshore land was reclaimed for the community
– Minto Southshore residents have access to a number of parks, stores, and services within a 5 to 10 minute walk supporting a healthier lifestyle
– The TTC streetcar and GO Train are easily accessible reducing car dependency
– The stacked townhomes at Minto Southshorecreate a higher density of living spaces, using land and resources more efficiently
– Bicycle storage for residents is located in the parking garage to support healthier transportation
– Stormwater is managed on site through permeable pavers and an underground water tank that captures rainwater from rooftops and reuses it for irrigation in the community
– Minto Southshore’s pathways, sidewalks, and roofing are made with materials that have a high solar reflective index (SRI). This helps to reflect the heat of the sun and minimize the contribution of the community to the “urban heat island effect”
Water Use Efficiency
– 45% of the plants selected for Minto Southshore’s green areas are drought tolerant, requiring less watering to survive in hot dry periods.
– The irrigation system is high-efficiency and is partially fed from the rainwater collected in the underground storage tank.
– Homes are equipped with water efficient indoor plumbing fixtures, including the 3 litre per flush toilets that help reduce water use and utility costs.
– The design and construction of Minto Southshore’s high performance homes surpass OBC energy efficiency requirements. The energy efficiency of the homes come from:
o The building envelope for each home includes 1” of rigid insulation that blankets the exterior walls. This improves energy efficiency and comfort within the home
o A high level of air tightness and quality control for the building’s weather barrier
o High efficiency mechanical equipment for space and domestic water heating
o 100% high efficiency lighting including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)
o ENERGY STAR qualified appliances
– During construction, 86% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill and re purposed or recycled
– The framing designs of the homes optimized the use of lumber to frame the floors, ceilings and roof trusses
– Homes at Minto Southshore are built with locally sourced, recycled materials. This includes the bricks, drywall and cement.
Indoor Environmental Quality
– The heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system provides a continuous supply of fresh air into the homes in an energy efficient manner
– During construction, pro-active measures were taken to minimize dust contamination within the air ducts.
– The hard wood flooring and low VOC carpets and paints contribute to a healthier indoor environment for our residents.
The green features at Minto Southshore go well beyond Ontario Building Code to deliver an innovative home that does as much as possible to enable residents to live comfortably with a smaller environmental footprint. This means living in healthy home, built with high-quality materials that will have long-lasting savings and benefits!