Windmill

Greening Our Urban Environments

Development

Windmill develops green building projects.  We work with clients and partners to create a development concept and put all of the pieces in place to bring it to reality.  We do this in a number of roles, depending on the needs of our partners: we act as a Prime Developer, in which we take a primary ownership in a project, or as Development Manager, in which we act as an agent for project owners — or often as a hybrid of both.

Prime Developer

Windmill seeks to be the Prime Developer on projects where the elements are aligned to deliver a showcase green development. Our specialty is mixed use urban infill developments with a brownfield component. Past sucesses occurred where the landowner, municipality and community were all supportive of our vision from the start. Using cooperation as a foundation, we engage collaboratively with stakeholders to deliver developments that enhance community value.

Development Manager

We provide a full range of services when acting as the development manager for private and public sector clients. As a developer, we understand all aspects of development including planning, design, community involvement, rezoning applications and facilitation, permit applications, financing, construction and marketing. Windmill specializes in managing and facilitating the entire development process with the clear objective of creating goals for environmental, social and financial sustainability and identifying strategies to meet these goals.

Development Types

Windmill’s strategic areas of focus have been shaped by our commitment to maximize green building potential while meeting market needs. We constantly re-evaluate these priorities to ensure that our development projects are making the most of current opportunities, and are always open to suggestions and ideas from potential clients. Our current priorities include:

Smart growth urban infill sites

Infill sites have immense green building potential, including building reuse, heritage preservation, use of existing infrastructure (public transportation, water/sewer, green space, etc.), urban renewal through redevelopment of underutilized urban sites, revitalizing urban community living, and providing housing that allows people to live closer to their workplaces and amenities.

Mixed-use developments

Developments in which residential, office, retail, and other space uses are housed in one building offer a range of green building benefits.  These include maximizing water and energy efficiencies, maximizing the utilization of space, building community, proximity of residences to services, increased safety and security, and cost efficiency gains.

Brownfield remediation

Windmill reclaims contaminated sites, and redevelops them into healthy, clean and vibrant green building projects.

Innovative development opportunities

We are open to and excited about working with private landowners, investors, and other individuals and organizations who are looking for an ethical way to invest their resources or to utilize their land through ethical, financially rewarding, and ecologically sound development projects.

Benefits of the Green Development Model

Improved Development Fundamentals

Green buildings have proven to achieve faster development approvals and superior planning concessions including improved site densities, reduced fees, and higher density zoning that significantly enhance development financial returns. Green buildings also tend to save their owners money in the long-term due to energy, water and other efficiencies.

Marketing Advantage, Better Tenant Retention

Green projects typically sell or lease faster, at a premium, and retain tenants better because they combine superior amenities and comfort with lower operating costs and more competitive terms. The resulting gains in occupancies, sales, rents and residuals all enhance financial returns. Marketing and advertising costs also tend to be greatly reduced due to high levels of interest in these projects and the positive press that they receive in the community.

Improved Labor Productivity/Less Downtime

Case studies show that improved comfort due to natural lighting, fresh air and less noise, together with higher indoor air quality standards of green buildings lead to labor productivity gains between 6-16 percent.  This improves sales in retail shops, boosts quality and overall output of goods in manufacturing facilities, enhances learning in schools and improves rates of healing in hospitals. For employers, labour represents the most significant long-term cost of running a business; green building investments yield significant labour cost savings in the medium- to long-term.

Enhanced Human and Ecosystem Well-Being

Leading-edge green buildings can actually improve the environment by being regenerative ecologically: increasing site biodiversity through green roofs, capturing resources such as stormwater and harvesting natural forms of energy. Green buildings can meet human needs for healthy sheltered space, while protecting and enhancing ecosystems at the same time.  A green building project is not considered to be successful unless humans, ecosystems, and economics all benefit together.