They’re calling it “the greenest neighbourhood in the world.” Built on an abandoned brownfield site, the 1.5 million square foot 2010 Vancouver Olympic athlete's village is the crown jewel in the City's sustainability plan.
The list of green features at the eight-block site runs long: rainwater harvesting, green roofs, upgraded insulation, and interiors containing low-VOC materials made of recycled or sustainable resources. One of the buildings is "net zero," meaning it's designed to generate as much energy as it uses.
The entire site uses sewage waste heat recovery technology, whereby thermal energy is transfered from the warm sewage supply to a higher temperature range useful for heating homes and water.
Last week, the village was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum - the highest ever certification for an area of its size.
Despite the accolades, the public isn't unanimously thrilled with the results. A taxpayer bailout that was needed to finish the $1 billion project, which went more than $100 million over budget. The city is looking to recoup those costs from sales of Olympic Village suites.
Photos courtesy of City of Vancouver.