Tricar’s Azure development becomes the city’s first highrise condominium building to become LEED certified
THE TRICAR GROUP announced today that it has officially obtained LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification through the Canada Green Building Council for the Azure Condominium building located downtown at 505 Talbot Street.
Azure is the first LEED certified highrise condominium building in London.
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The most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence, LEED-certified buildings improve environmental and human health, and contribute to a more sustainable future.
The 29-storey, 128-suite Azure features a number of design, technology and construction components that helped contribute to the certification, including in-suite energy recovery ventilation , LED lighting, electric vehicle charging stations, low-flow plumbing fixtures and use of recycled materials.
The Azure Condominium development at 505 Talbot Street
“At Tricar, we have long prided ourselves on being innovators in the high-rise condominium industry and have always been committed to improving communities on economic, cultural and environmental levels,” says Adam Carapella, vice president of The Tricar Group. “To have an opportunity to further raise the bar through the commitment to sustainable technology and environmentally responsible practices as a LEED certified building is something we are very excited about. We are proud to bring an innovative and green technology to a great residential development in the downtown core.”
LEED certification awards points for green building strategies across several categories. The Azure building accomplished a 25 per cent water savings and 39 per cent less energy required to operate the building compared to a comparable high-rise built to standard Ontario Building Code requirement.
Above from left: The Tricar Group’s Alexa Krahn and Michael Pereira with condominium board members Kim Toonk, Frank Clarke and Peter DeGelder (photo by ARC Creative)
“Transforming our buildings and spaces happens one project at a time. The Tricar Group recognizes the value of LEED and is helping reshape their market by offering consumers a more sustainable condominium choice,” notes Mark Hutchinson, vice president of Green Building Programs, Canada Green Building Council. “The success of LEED is due to the partnership and support of those committed to advancing green building and the Azure Condominium joins other LEED projects in moving the entire industry forward.”
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In Canada, more than 5,200 projects are certified under LEED, comprising more than 69 million square metres of space.