Developer’s New Field House EcoUrban Towns Collection Offers Home Owners
The Power to Reduce their Contribution to Climate Change
Toronto, ON., September 2, 2020— The Daniels Corporation (“Daniels”), Canada’s leading developer of low rise and condominium housing communities, signalled a stronger corporate focus on sustainable home building with the launch of Field House EcoUrban Towns, in Toronto’s Regent Park. This townhome community, and subsequent Daniels projects that bear the “EcoUrban” stamp, will boast innovative construction and lifestyle technologies that lower carbon emissions, as well as support a fossil fuel free living experience.
“Innovation is in Daniels’ DNA,” says Director of Project Implementation, Adam Molson. “From our founder, to our current leadership team, The Daniels Corporation’s approach has historically been built on a commitment to doing better. We have always been determined to be at the vanguard of the Canadian development industry. Prioritizing sustainability is the latest example of our corporate commitment to doing better. For Field House, it was important for us as an organization to meet the higher-level voluntary standards in Tier 2 of the Toronto Green Standard (TGS), Version 2, and we have far exceeded that with this project.”
Now under construction with occupancies expected in less than a year, Field House is the first Daniels community to boast the EcoUrban designation. With prices that start at $1.1 million, the Field House community features 24, three-storey townhomes, ranging in size from just over 1,319 square feet to just over 1,700 square feet.
It is anticipated that these EcoUrban towns, once constructed and occupied, will use 52 per cent[i] less energy, emit 89 per cent[ii] fewer greenhouse gases and reduce energy costs by 11 per cent[iii], compared to Daniels’ traditional townhouse product. This is particularly because of the use of electric systems instead of burning natural gas for heat and producing hot water, which is where the majority of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings come from. These systems are supported by 18 per cent[iv] of the development’s energy needs being supplied by the Bifacial solar panels integrated into the solar trellis above the rooftop terraces, not typically used in residential developments.
Notable home features in the Field House EcoUrban Towns development include:
- All electric high-efficiency heat pumps – which offer more energy in the form of heat than they use in the form of electricity; providing 300 to 360 per cent efficiency compared to 95 per cent efficiency of a typical gas boiler plant
- PowerPipe drain water heat recovery – recover energy from warm shower water to preheat water coming into the water heater and reduce energy consumption
- Reversomatic energy recovery ventilators – set to reduce energy consumption and utility costs through the recovery of energy from exhaust air. Also greatly improves indoor air quality through a consistent flow of fresh air into the units
- High performance building envelopes – provide superior insulated walls to help reduce energy consumption and utility costs by preventing exterior air leaks
- Triple glazed windows – compared to double glazed options, the additional pane of glass makes it more difficult for energy to move through windows. Also results in improved thermal comfort and less noise from outside
- Low flow faucets and single flush low consumption toilets – help reduce water consumption, which can save thousands of gallons of water per year
- “Smart Meter” technology and efficient appliances – such as a Whirlpool washer and heat pump dryer which uses approximately half the energy of alternative options[v]
- LED light fixtures – which use 25 to 80 per cent less energy than traditional lightbulbs[vi]
- Electric vehicle charging – all parking spaces feature SAE J1772 connectors to support those driving electric vehicles
“We know there are a lot of people out there who are concerned about climate change and want to do their part, but don’t know where to start. With buildings responsible for 45 per cent of Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions[vii], this new development makes it easier for those interested in living fossil fuel free,” adds Molson.