Ground floor has a mix of common spaces (kitchen, dining room, prayer room, computer lab, etc.) and staff offices.
- Three residential floors have modest studio units which are safe, healthy and attractive.
- Each unit is open concept with a sleeping alcove and a modest living room, dining area and a basic kitchen.
- Each floor features spacious common space, a small kitchenette and laundry facilities.
- The ground and first two floors of housing units will be fully accessible (barrier-free) and all floors are serviced by an elevator.
- The building will exceed the energy performance targets in the Ontario Building Code and will include many green features.
An Environmentally Responsible Building
Cornerstone Supportive Housing for Women development at 314 Booth Street has incorporated sustainable design principles through innovative construction and design methods— to reduce its contribution to green house gases and climate change, and to reduce ongoing life-cycle costs.
A high proportion of recycled, renewable and regionally-sourced materials will be used in every stage of the building and for its fixtures and fittings. This approach further reduces the construction and ongoing carbon footprint.
Sustainable design measures include:
- Brownfield site redevelopment (an urban development site that has been previously built on but is currently unused)
- Selection of construction materials with recycled content
- Products with regionally sourced resources and manufacturing
- Energy conservation with high performance walls, roof and windows and high efficiency heating and ventilation equipment and electrical fixtures.
- Use of strategically place shade trees to reduce the burden on the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system
Healthy housing is promoted by:
- Generously sized windows to provide natural light and ventilation to all regularly occupied spaces, i.e. Administration offices
- Stairs and corridors located to provide natural light and views
Ongoing energy conservation measures for the landscaping and garden incorporate:
- Drought-resistant and native plant and trees to reduce requirements for water and care.
Planning for the Future Now includes:
- Service shafts provided to the roof level in anticipation of future installations
Going “green” makes economic sense as many “green” measures cost nothing to implement and others repay the initial investment in just a few years through reduced energy savings.
Green is always a good way to go!