Dockside Green in Victoria, BC, Canada is a cutting edge, eco-friendly development that promotes New Urbanism with beautiful green condos by the sea. The harbour-front community sprawls 15 acres and offers residential, commercial and retail space.
“A model for holistic, closed-loop design, Dockside Green will function as a total environmental system in which form, structure, materials, mechanical and electrical systems will be interrelated and interdependent - a largely self-sufficient, sustainable community where waste from one area will provide fuel for another,” the site explains. “Here you will find a dynamic environment where residents, employees, neighbouring businesses and the broader community will interact in a healthy and safe environment, reclaimed from disuse and contamination.”
The Journal of Commerce said, “When completed, Dockside Green hopes to be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified community in the world.” The MACH-stat monitoring system will track the carbon footprint of the community as well as its energy, heat and water usage.
“Monitors can also be programmed for remote locations to allow absent owners to control their heat and energy use from anywhere in the world through a computer and the Internet.”
“The developers are hoping for a reduction of 55 per cent in energy consumption (the target is 15 gigawatt hours a year), zero greenhouse gas emissions and 60 per cent less water consumption,” the Journal reported.
In addition to tools to help residents monitor their water and energy consumption, the buildings are equipped with solar and wind power technologies.
To further support the eco-friendly nature of the community, Dockside Green is situated a brief walk away from coffee shops, grocery stores and is just a few minutes from Victoria's downtown core. Its harbor-front location offers views of rowers on the water, a breathtaking look at Victoria's stunning architecture and immaculate walking/biking trails.
Dockside Green is a sustainable community worth noting, and will hopefully become an influential model for future city architecture.