Submitted by: Region of Peel
Implemented country: Canada
Title: Chapelview: North America’s First LEED-Platinum Green Affordable Housing Project
The Greater Toronto Area in Canada is booming. Housing costs are increasing and the area is experiencing high population growth, leaving fewer affordable rental units on the market. To help address this need for affordable housing, Martinway Developments Ltd. has partnered with the Regional Municipality of Peel to develop more affordable rental units in Peel region.
John D'Angelo, a father of three who was a teacher before he went into construction, has been building affordable housing projects for over 10 years in Peel region. Through his company, Martinway Developments Ltd., D’Angelo’s goal is to provide affordable and sustainable housing for residents. In 2010 he achieved his most ambitious goal when he completed Chapelview Apartments in downtown Brampton – the first high-rise residential LEED-NC Platinum certified affordable housing project in North America. At 16 stories, the building offers 200 apartment units for seniors, singles, and people with disabilities. As a LEED-certified complex, the building fulfills the most stringent requirements in ecological housing.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – a program of the Canada Green Building Council. For a building to be LEED certified, builders must achieve high performance in six categories: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. There are four LEED certification levels: certified, silver, gold and platinum.
The green showcase project attracted over 60 corporate sponsors who donated $3.2 million dollars (CDN) worth of upgraded products and services to achieve Platinum certification (total government investment for Chapelview was $42 million Canadian dollars). The design of Chapelview provides: access to natural daylight and outdoor views, superior ventilation, indoor air quality virtually free from toxins, high-insulation windows, energy-efficient household appliances, water-saving fittings, long lasting recycled materials such as 200 tons of construction steel and recycled carpeting, the doors are made from a wheat-based product, and all wood in the building is Forest Stewardship Council certified. A tri-sorter waste disposal is provided in the building with a chute on every floor, while a green roof helps reduce heat in the summer and creates more green space in the city. Finally, the landscaping on-site uses native plant species that require very little watering.
Chapelview Apartments has set a new standard in green social housing projects. Aside from the amenities for the residents, the environmental benefit includes a building that operates at 50% less energy and water consumption compared to conventional housing complexes, resulting in an estimated 115,000 euros in savings per year.
"We give hope, we set new standards and we meet the highest expectations.”