CLIMATE RESPONSIVE DESIGN
Hills and landscapes will be designed to minimise wind impact.
Buildings will be designed to optimise solar access.
Buildings will be constructed to use less heat, power and water.
Could use high performance glazing/facades, green roofs, passive design.
Goal is carbon neutral by using renewable heat and power.
Walking or using transit reduces emissions, as does green buildings.
Right now, Edmontonians produce an estimated 24 tons of CO2 per person.
Goal for Blatchford is 4 tons of CO2 per person.
DISTRICT HEAT AND POWER
Blatchford could include a district heat and power plant that would use renewable sources
for energy, such as biomass or geothermal heat.
Large stormwater lakes will collect run-off from the site, and improve water quality by
allowing sediments to drop out of the water.
The lakes will also temporarily store peak flows during heavy rainfall
or rapid snow melts.
Edmontonians already use less water compared to the Canadian average.
(Source: EPCOR Water Services report Edmonton’s Water Supply)
Further opportunities, such as using reclaimed water for irrigation or toilet flushing
will be investigated to further reduce water use.
A vacuum waste collection system may be used in parts of the site. This would reduce the
number of garbage trucks travelling on the site.
Hope does not arise from being told to think positively.
Hope is the elevating feeling we experience when we see in the mind’s eye
a path to a better future hope gives us the courage to confront our circumstances
and the capacity to surmount them.
Dr Jerome Groopman,
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