Situated in Victoria, British Columbia, Dockside Green is a burgeoning community that has set its sights on becoming the first LEED Platinum community in the world. Its initial phase of development was recently completed, earning it an incredible 63 out of 70 points and qualifying it for LEED Platinum for New Construction. This is no small undertaking, especially considering the 95 new condo homes, townhomes, and commercial spaces that comprise the planned community. The usual sustainable suspects can be found throughout the property including Biomass gasification (the use of wood-waste to create all heat energy and hot water), improved insulation and high performance glazing, energy-efficient fixtures, on-site waste water treatment plant, green roofs and a naturalized creek.
Dockside Green is situated in the heart of downtown Victoria, British Columbia, on 15 sprawling acres of harbor-front industrial land. The community was made possible thanks to the vision of Windmill West, a development partnership focused on green urban environments, along with the financing of Vancity, Canada’s largest credit union. Due to the increasing number of LEED Platinum certifications being issued, not all are honored with a quote from USGBC CEO, Rick Fedrizzi, who has given Dockside green particular notice:
Dockside Green and Vancity Credit Union are to be commended for this significant achievement, and the leadership they have shown with this project sets a high bar for all of us. They are also participants in the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot, helping us move the benefits of LEED from beyond the building’s footprint into the community where it’s located.
The epitome of a holistically sustainable environment, Dockside Green encourages a healthy atmosphere for live, work, and play, and we’re hoping that is the first of many future LEED Platinum communities. We also hope to see similar communities spring up in urban adaptive re-use scenarios; although new structures make for a sexy press release, many of us would like to bestow LEED status upon our existing communities.