What if a building could be more than just a place to call home?
What if it could actually promote long lasting, healthy urban landscapes and improve the quality of people’s lives?
These are questions that drive our daily thinking as we plan the communities of the future. They’re the foundation for the Collecdev pillars, three fundamental principles of good development that focus on Social Sustainability, Experiential Design, and Environmental Stewardship. They’re the engine that propels us to pursue innovative building technologies and alternative energy sources that minimize the adverse impact of development on the natural environment. And the industry is taking notice.
Last week the Building Industry and Land Development Association announced the 2019 finalists for the annual BILD Awards and Collecdev is honoured to be a nominee for Green Builder of the Year.
“We’re extremely proud to be recognized,” says Natascha Pieper, Collecdev’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The BILD Awards highlight the best of the best and we’re honoured to be included in that group, especially in a category we feel so passionately about. At Collecdev, sustainability isn’t just a marketing term, it’s what drives every business decision we make in our mission to create thriving communities that are part of the solution for global climate change.”
This isn’t the first time Collecdev has been recognized for green building initiatives. In 2018 Westwood Gardens won a Silver Award from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for “Best Marketing of a Green/Sustainable Program” and won Gold for “Best in Green Sales and Marketing Strategy.”
The Richmond Hill community includes an innovative geothermal heating and cooling system that will result in lower monthly maintenance fees, guaranteed performance, and predictable costs. Elimination of cooling towers will save over 5 million litres of water each year and greenhouse gas emissions will be 70% lower than conventional buildings.
Similar plans are in place for TRETTI, Collecdev’s highly anticipated new Scandinavian-inspired community in the heart of Wilson Heights. We’ve partnered with Diverso Energy, an industry leader in sustainable development and energy-efficient building, to deliver a unique geothermal utility model that lowers construction costs, reduces complexity, helps reduce environmental impact, and adds real value to the bottom line.
Residents will still have total control of the heating and cooling in their suite, no matter the season or outdoor conditions, but they’ll have the added benefit of predictable monthly costs, confidence in a system with an infinite life span, a tangible increase in property value, and the comfort of knowing they’re leaving a reduced carbon footprint on the world.
The environment belongs to everyone and at Collecdev, we believe we have an inherent responsibility to invest in a forward-thinking approach that minimizes the adverse impact of development on the natural environment, and promotes a better tomorrow. Sustainability starts at home.
The winners of the 2019 BILD Awards will be announced at the annual gala on May 3, 2019. You can view the full list of finalists here.