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Condos house many people on a small footprint

Jack Kohane – National Post

Location, LEED and an uptown lifestyle clinched it for George Komry, a new homeowner at Minto’s 30Roe in the heart of one of Toronto’s most pedestrian friendly communities. “Its green features appeal to me,” says the 30-year-old analyst with the public service. “What sold me is that this condo has ready access to public transit, loads of nearby shopping and dining places, and is built to be environmentally friendly.”

Scheduled for occupancy in Spring 2015, 30Roe is a 34-storey condominium in the Yonge/Eglinton neighbourhood, with architecture by Rudy Wallman and interiors by IIbyIV Design.

“The little details here excite me,” Mr. Komry says. Those include a master “all-off” switch located at the suite entrance to power off all in-suite hard-wired lights, EnergyStar appliances connected to ‘green’ plugs, three-litre high-efficiency-flush toilets, LED lighting in amenity areas and in the suites, advanced heat recovery ventilation technology, bird-friendly balcony glazing, electric car plug-ins, rainwater harvesting and a green roof. The project is targeting LEED Gold certification.

Comment: Regardless of LEED, why can’t all new condos have all-off switches, CFL or LED lighting and low-flow toilets and faucets? Seriously, the costs are barely more than the standard stuff.

Individually metered electricity and water usage is estimated to offer 30 Roe ( a 39% reduction in energy use, resulting in lower utility bills and maintenance fees for purchasers.

Why all that has Mr. Komry excited is because “I’ll only pay for what I use,” he says. “I control my water usage and the lighting in my suite with one switch. These features will save me money in the long run.”

Minto won the 2012 Ontario Home Builder of the Year Award, as well as the OHBA Green Builder of the Year award in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

The company has among the highest number of LEED certified residential projects in Toronto, including MintoMidtown (54-storey and 39-storey towers), one of the largest condominium developments in North America to achieve LEED Gold status, while the Minto Roehampton at 150 Roehampton Ave. is a sustainable 16-storey rental building and one of the first multi-residential buildings to achieve LEED Canada Gold certification in 2008.

“We are constantly working to improve the quality of the homes we build,” says Wells Baker, Minto’s manager of sustainable development. “We are finding new innovations that can contribute to a building’s energy efficiency.”

He points out that 30Roe uses increased levels of insulation in the walls and roof to help to reduce energy use. High-performance windows featuring special low-e coatings will let in natural light but block heat from the sun. Programmable thermostats are part of the mix.

“The mechanical systems are equipped with variable speed drives to ensure they are providing just the right amount of heating and cooling that the building needs,” notes Mr. Baker. “The projected savings indicated that 30Roe is designed to use 19% less energy than a building built to the current building code.”

Many condos only supply outdoor air into the corridors rather than the suites. This is an inexpensive, though not always a very reliable, way of delivering the required outdoor air because it must be drawn into individual units below the entrance doors. Noises and smells from the corridor also find their way under those doors and into the units. At 30Roe, Mr. Baker says, each suite is equipped with an HRV fan coil unit with its own outdoor air intake that delivers fresh, filtered outdoor air to the unit and circulates that fresh air throughout. “This technology also captures heat that is typically lost from exhaust air and uses it to warm incoming cool air, reducing heating and cooling costs.”

A LEED-certified residence is an important selling point as it can save the homeowner money on their mortgage loan insurance with the CMHC Green Home Program.

It can also be a key reselling asset. “It’s important in today’s housing market because it focuses on sustainability,” Mr. Baker says. “Green buildings save energy, use less water, generate less waste and provide higher levels of indoor quality and comfort.”

Though he currently drives a standard fossil-fuel car, Mr. Komry is pleased he’ll have the option of an electric car plug-in. “I’ll buy an electric car in the future, and am test driving some models right now. I like them. Having an electric charge station in my building is a really cool feature.”

One-bedroom to two-bedroom-plus-den condominiums at 30Roe range from 503 sq. ft. to 945 sq. ft. and are priced from the low $300,000s. Finishes include nine-foot ceiling heights (on levels 3 to 34), modern Euro-style kitchens with designer-selected cabinet finishes, a choice of Caesarstone countertops and engineered laminate flooring with environmentally friendly underlay.

Contact Laurin Jeffrey for more information – 416-388-1960

Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto Realtor with Century 21 Regal Realty. He did not
write these articles, he just reproduces them here for people who are
interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.