Friday, August 7, 2009

Dockside Green, Victoria, BC

Dockside Green is a new development in inner Victoria which has received the Platinum (best) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. It mixes residences with retail and commercial spaces and features all sorts of green elements which I'd hoped to learn about first hand from the Dockside Green team at their very well setout but always closed information centre in town. While I didn't have any luck getting into the display room, I did wander around and between the buildings and along the internal wetland. I saw a few wind turbines (not turning) and some banks of photovoltaics (awnings in the photo above).I didn't find any Dockside Green staff on site but chatted to a resident who is grappling with the transition of downsizing from rural Yukon to an urban condo. Despite that challenge, she seems happy with the way her new home performed in both winter (extreme this last one) and the recent heat wave and its proximity to work and town (she walks to both).

Here are some of the interesting bits about the project...

Developer – Windmill West in collaboration with Vancity and the City of Victoria

Completed 2008

Eco building

New LEED platinum-certified building - first community ever to target LEED Platinum certification for buildings developed in a master planned community.

Green roofs

45-55% less energy than National Energy Code through low-e double-glazing, external sunshading, cfl lighting, solar-powered external lighting, individual unit metering

Eco infrastructure & services

100% fresh air HVAC

Highly water-efficient water fixtures (approx. 65% less consumption than conventional developments)

100% of its sewage treated on site and with the treated water used for flushing toilets, landscape irrigation and water features

wastewood biomass to produce gas that for heating and domestic hot water


Car share program

Bike trails

Bike racks in each building

Nearby ferry terminal

Transit and a mini-transit shuttle bus

Furnishing & Fitout

Carpet tiles to common areas

Bamboo floors and cabinetry

Cork and salvaged timber flooring

Low or no VOCs

Highly water-efficient water fixtures (approx. 65% less consumption than conventional developments)

To read more, have a look at the company website for Dockside Green

1 comment:

  1. Hello Emma,

    That is too bad that you didn't meet up with any of us when you stopped by Dockside Green, my name is Jackie Ross, and I would love to tour you around our project if you are still in town. Please email me at to set up a time and date.

    I look forward to hearing from you,