Building 7-Gen Communities
using electrification, and tight building envelopes.
To meet the IPCC target of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, the world will have to curb carbon emissions by at least 49% by 2030, and then achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Natural gas is the primary heating fuel for most buildings constructed today.
With a life cycle of 60-100 years, these buildings will be forced to retrofit to cleaner energy sources in order to meet IPCC targets. Add in increasing taxes on natural gas, pricing volatility, methane leaks arising from its distribution, and the health costs of combustion byproducts, and it should be apparent why our 7-Gen Communities are built with zero-gas energy sources.
Because it is a rare electricity grid that runs without some fossil carbon feedstocks, where practical, we go a step beyond mere electrification and install distributed energy systems powered by renewable sources such as solar energy.
Clean energy sources are complemented by a well-designed, tight building envelope. This includes high-efficiency window insulation, and air-source heat pumps to generate heating and cooling. ERV (energy recovery ventilator) technology rounds out the picture to keep these buildings healthy as well as efficient.
See the principle of Low-Carbon, No Gas Operations in action through our EVE Park and West 5 development projects.
The result is a comfortable environment with fresh, well-oxygenated, healthy air, and a low carbon footprint.
Principles for Sustainable Communities
Distributed energy systems powered by renewable energy sources can supply communities and feed energy back to a centralized grid to meet peak needs.
The use and efficiency of one of our most precious resources, water, is given careful attention in our 7-Gen Communities.
Our innovative approach to reducing embodied carbon is a key aspect of building sustainable communities.
Designing sustainable transportation options to reduce the carbon footprint of communities.
Innovations such as carousel parking within sustainable communities allows for the use of park-like green spaces where parking lots once dominated.
Building sustainable communities using renewable energy sources and green building methods for low operational carbon impacts.
We aim to restore disturbed land, creating new urban assets with minimal disruption of foodland and natural habitats.