Charting New Territory for LEED Design

Global design firm Perkins + Will just announced LEED certification for the firm’s 100th building — Balance, phase 2 of Dockside Green — which just so happens to be tied for the highest scoring LEED building in the world with phase 1 of Dockside Green.  Dockside Green is a 15-acre community in Victoria, British Columbia, and Balance is a residential component of the project with one- and two-bedroom condominiums and townhouses.

All buildings at Dockside Green are designed to beat the Model National Energy Code by 47%.  Balance residences each have a fresh air system, efficient low-E windows, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting, abundant interior natural light, and energy monitoring.

To save water, the residences have dual-flush toilets, low-flow fixtures, on-site sewage treatment, and other conservation elements to save 55-60% water.

Dockside Green has secure bike storage, a car share program, and other public transportation alternatives for residents.  It’s the kind of place that demonstrates how all development could and very well should be.  Perhaps this is a blueprint for new development projects: community oriented, green built, and beautifully designed.

Credits: Perkins + Will.


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