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2009 Brownfields

City of Victoria, British Columbia

Dockside Green Phase One

The Dockside Green development has served as a demonstration model for many innovative measures and has influenced Victoria’s future land-use policies. The City of Victoria chose co-developers Windmill West and Vancity to turn a large, centrally located brownfield site into a model of sustainable development and urban intensification (managing growth by increasing density within an existing urban area).

After cleaning up the contaminated site, the developers took an integrated approach to designing the energy, water, sewage and waste management infrastructure to ensure maximum synergy and efficiency. They built four detached buildings on the site, all of which meet LEED Platinum standards for energy efficiency. Water is conserved by treating and reusing sewage water for irrigation and toilet flushing.

A combination of green roofs, bioswales (landscape elements that remove pollutants from water) and a naturalized creek work to manage stormwater. A comprehensive transportation strategy and an on-site biomass heating plant reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Adherence to LEED building standards has reduced energy use by 53 per cent and potable water consumption by 67 per cent, compared to traditional developments. Ninety-five per cent of construction waste was diverted from landfill. Phase One of the project created 200 construction jobs.

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Page Updated: 21/12/2015