Downtown Markham will be one of Canada’s most exciting 'green' communities. What are the qualities and attributes that make Downtown Markham green?
Downtown Markham is a pedestrian and transit-oriented new community that is developing a 243-acre, underutilized site into an inviting mix of uses, streets, parks and squares with more traditional ‘downtown’ densities. While the character, scale and connectedness of the streets welcome residents and visitors to Downtown Markham, the infrastructure invested in the community will ensure a more intelligent use of resources, and the preservation of important ecosystems. All buildings in Downtown Markham will be heated and cooled using District Energy, much of the storm water will be cleaned and returned to the local tributaries and rivers, and many of the buildings currently in construction are LEED ranked projects.
We Are Committed to the Environment
• Markham District Energy will provide co-generation heating and cooling to Downtown Markham reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gases.
• Remington’s Environmental Quality Control program is in accordance with the LEED criteria (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) mandated by the Canadian Green Building Council.
Here's How We Do It
Smart Location & Linkage
• At the centre of Markham, the new development will feature an Intensive Land Use
• Reduced Automobile Dependence
• Bicycle Networks as an effective and pleasurable means of transportation
• Housing and Lots of Employment Opportunities within Downtown Markham
• Designing for Habitat and Wetlands Conservation
Neighbourhood Pattern & Design
• Compact Development
• Diversity of Uses, Live, Work and Play
• Reduced Parking Footprint
• Walkable Streets and pedestrian connections
• Transit Facilities with direct site access to the Viva, GO and Metrolinx expanded transit systems
• Access to Active Public Spaces, both urban and natural
Green Construction & Technology
• Certified Green Buildings
• Energy Efficiency in Buildings
• Reduced Water Use
• Advanced Storm Water Management Practices
• Heat Island Reduction
• District Heating and Cooling
• Infrastructure Energy Efficiency
• Wastewater Management
• Rainwater Harvesting
• Construction Waste Management and Recycling of Materials
LEED Check Marks
Is the site near pubic transportation? Does it preserve and promote open spaces and parks? Are we increasing density and reducing urban sprawl? Are we making the best use of storm water/irrigation routes, sunlight and shade?
Water is the most precious commodity on the planet – are we making use of new technology,
irrigation and landscaping techniques to reduce and re-use?
Energy and Atmosphere
Buildings gobble up 40% of our energy and contribute to a third of our greenhouse gases. How do we use it most efficiently? Appliances, insulation and the building envelope are considered.
Minerals and Resources
What materials were used in construction? How were they made and where did they come from? Are we achieving more with less and using materials and methods that will last?
Indoor Environmental Quality
What could be more important than the air we breathe? Air filtration systems, harmful emissions from finishes and building materials, chemicals, heating and air conditioning systems are considered.