Ottawa, January 25, 2016 – As part of its bid for the Lebreton Flats redevelopment, the RendezVous LeBreton Group has developed a bold vision for sustainability, one that will see it become one of the largest sustainability-driven urban developments in North America.
RendezVous LeBreton, which is backed by the Ottawa Senators, has developed a sustainability plan based on the One Planet Living framework; the same aggressive standard being used by Windmill Development’s Zibi project located a stone’s throw away on Chaudière Island. Located between Zibi and the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict, RVLG’s sustainability plan is poised to create one of the largest, and most sustainable, urban districts in North America, if not globally.
Guided by the One Planet Living framework, the Group has created a development plan that is based on ten principles, ensuring the project is sustainable socially, environmentally, and economically. With as much focus on people as the environment, RVLG aims to create a community where it is easy, attractive, and affordable for people to lead happy and healthy lives using a fair share of the earth’s resources.
“Many redevelopment projects tend to focus on environmental issues, such as reducing construction waste, but this team decided at the outset that to create a world-class development we needed a project that people would benefit from, and feel connected to,” said Steve Dulmage of BuildGreen Solutions, the sustainability advisors to the project.
RVLG acknowledges that achieving all principles within the One Planet Framework will be a challenge on a project of this size, particularly zero carbon, but as Dulmage points out: “The history of this site includes innovation and entrepreneurialism, so why shouldn’t we set ambitious targets that will require a similar mindset to achieve them?”
This attitude has already resulted in a number of novel ideas. The project team has identified a potential partner that could see the Event Centre become one of the first net-zero energy stadiums in the world; and a “purple pipe” system will be explored to reduce the amount of precious tap water used to flush toilets.
In addition to pursuing One Planet endorsement, the team’s sustainability plan also commits to meeting the NCC’s mandated goal of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction for all new buildings. However, RVLG has gone a step further and has committed to meeting LEED’s community standard as well, LEED for Neighbourhood Development.
Initiatives demonstrating a commitment to social responsibility include planned affordable housing, vibrant gathering spaces for residents and visitors, recreational opportunities through the Sensplex and Abilities Centre, and programming that will help businesses and residents alike make healthier, and greener decisions. Of course, it all begins by decontaminating LeBreton Flats, and revitalizing a site that can be transformed from a brownfield into a community that adds value to the local economy, and enriches the city’s social and cultural fabric.
About Build Green Solutions
Build Green Solutions Inc. specializes in bringing the principles of sustainability – environmental, social, and economic – to bear on urban land development.
Since 1999, Build Green Solutions has worked on some of the most innovative projects in Canada: green buildings, sustainable infrastructure, and green community projects. By bringing a solutions-oriented and market-based approach, we have helped clients stretch for ambitious yet achievable sustainability goals by incorporating innovative strategies and technologies. These projects have included Windmill Development’s “Zibi”, “The Currents”, and “the Eddy” in Ottawa, “Aqua + Vento” in Calgary, and “Dockside Green” in Victoria.
About One Planet Living and One Planet Communities
One Planet Living is the vision of a world in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives within their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness.
The One Planet Living framework is based on ten easy-to-grasp principles covering areas such as carbon, waste, transport, food and water, and enables us to plan for, deliver and communicate sustainable development. The framework provides a clear, practical route map for a better way to live and do business.
Windmill Development’s Zibi project was recently named the world’s tenth One Planet Community.