October 23, 2006

Dockside Green receives $350K GMF grant for sustainable development field tests, feasibility studies

Dockside Green has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to undertake a series of field tests and feasibility studies in relation to the sustainable redevelopment of the Dockside lands in Victoria, British Columbia.

The Dockside Green project will reclaim and redevelop a 12-acre former industrial waterfront property on land previously owned by the city of Victoria. The development will provide 1.3 million square feet of light industrial, commercial, and residential spaces in 26 buildings to be built between 2006 and 2014. Dockside Green, a joint venture between the Windmill Development Group and Vancity, Canada's largest credit union, is developing the property in collaboration with the city of Victoria.

The project represents an innovative, made-in-Canada approach to brownfield redevelopment, said Joe Van Belleghem, a principal with the Windmill Development Group. "For example," he explained, "through a combination of new strategies and technological applications, we estimate that the project will achieve annual reductions in water consumption in the order of 266,000 million litres per year on full build-out, the equivalent of the entire region's water use on the driest day of the year, as well as total greenhouse gas emission reductions of four kilotonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year by 2010."

Part of the GMF grant offsets a portion of the costs incurred by the developer for research to determine issues and barriers and to find options for on-site treatment of all sewage (utilizing technology from Ontario-based Zenon); on-site naturalized treatment of stormwater run-off; an alternative transportation strategy; and increased building energy efficiency.

GMF funding is also being used for a feasibility study of a biomass gasification system, using technology from British Columbia-based Nexterra Energy, that would generate heat for the entire development and supply excess heat to neighbouring properties. This could lead to Dockside Green becoming the first large-scale community in North America to be greenhouse gas-neutral. The project will seek out and showcase on-site the green building and best-practice energy technologies of Canadian companies. These displays will also demonstrate how government, utilities and businesses can work together to develop energy solutions that are viable for all parties using Canadian knowledge and expertise.

More information is available on the Dockside Green Web site, www.docksidegreen.com.

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