Regent Park is Getting Toronto’s First Fossil-Fuel-Free Community
In a time when everyone is doing their part to live a more environmentally-friendly life, a Toronto-based developer is soaring to new heights with the development of the city’s first fossil-fuel-free townhouse community.
The Daniels Corporation is gearing up to launch a new collection of sustainable townhomes in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood at River St. and Wyatt Ave. The townhome community, titled Field House EcoUrban Towns, will boast a series of innovative construction and lifestyle technologies that lower carbon emissions and support a fossil-free living experience.
Field House will mark The Daniels Corporation’s first community to boast the EcoUrban designation – signalling a new corporate focus for Daniels on sustainable building in all of their future developments.
Through the technology and construction methods used, homeowners will have the power to reduce their contribution to climate change, without having to make any dramatic changes to their lifestyle, as the homes will use all-electric building systems, enabling residents to live fossil-fuel-free.
The homes will also benefit from low VOC paint, high-efficiency heat pumps, triple glazed windows, low flow faucets, and single flush low consumption toilets. Additionally, suite hydro and water will be individually metered using ‘Smart Meter” technologies.
When completed, the community will house 24, three-storey townhomes, ranging in size from just over 1,319 square feet to just over 1,700 square feet.
“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,” says Director of Project Implementation, Adam Molson. “Buildings are responsible for 45% of Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions and so by offering people a new kind of home, that allows one to live fossil-fuel-free, we’re trying to provide a meaningful way for today’s homeowner to take action and be part of the solution to today’s climate crisis.”
“Daniels’ decision to design and build our EcoUrban communities, where climate impact is one of the first considerations playing a key role in their planning, design and construction, makes it easier for those who want to do the right thing.”
It is anticipated that these EcoUrban towns, once constructed and occupied, will use 52% less energy, emit 89% fewer greenhouse gases and reduce energy costs by 11% as compared to Daniels’ traditional townhouse product. Additionally, approximately 18% of the development’s energy needs will be supplied by the integrated solar panel array.
“Innovation is in Daniels’ DNA. “From our founder to our current leadership team, The Daniels Corporation’s approach has historically been built on a commitment to doing better,” said Molson.
“Whether we challenged ourselves to address the market’s affordability crisis, the challenges facing first time buyers, or responsible stewardship and community engagement, 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,” added Molson.
Field House is now under construction with occupancies expected in less than a year. Homes start at $1.1 million.