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Station Pointe is a project selected under the EQuilibriumTM Communities Initiative, a $4.2M collaborative sustainable community demonstration initiative of Natural Resources Canada and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation under the Government of Canada’s ecoACTION initiatives.
EQuilibriumTM Communities Initiative provides financial assistance for technical activities and showcasing the performance of selected neighbourhood development projects which, through their planning, design, implementation and operation, will provide measurable improvements over current approaches in the areas of energy and water consumption, environmental protection, land use planning, sustainable transportation and other features. Capital construction costs are not funded through the initiative.
This transit-oriented development is to be the first redevelopment within the Fort Road community renewal project initiated by the City of Edmonton on former industrial lands northeast of downtown. The site is located within walking distance of a light rail transit station and bus terminal. The project is planned to include 220 affordable and market-priced homes in the form of townhomes, and mid- and high-rise apartments. The mix of uses is expected to include over 1,400 m2 of commercial/retail uses, a daycare and community facilities.
Affordability is a guiding objective in this project, targeting prices below the area average. A green loan is proposed to cover the increased capital costs of energy-saving features and be paid back through a monthly green fee equal to the operating savings realized. Communitas has had success with this approach in another high-efficiency multi-residential building in Edmonton. Station Pointe is planned to be developed as a number of cooperatives, including both home ownership and continuing, as well as a second tier cooperative. Because the co-ops are to function as a neighbourhood association and take responsibility for the common property and systems, the long-term viability of the community features is ensured. The project targets a 75 per cent reduction in building energy use.
Through initiative support, Communitas is exploring options for renewable and waste energy sources in a district energy system as well as passive house designs. Initiative support is also being used for investigating options for treating 100 per cent of the wastewater on-site which will then be re-used for toilet flushing and irrigation. The project aims to divert 100 per cent of the stormwater from the municipal sewer, through a combination of on-site infiltration and capture for treatment and use on-site.Station
Pointe will embrace indoor and outdoor “winter city” design concepts such as maximizing solar exposure, options for pedestrian movement
Anand Mishra, B.Tech (Civil Engineering), MBA
Senior Research Advisor, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation- Prairie and Territories
Mr. Mishra is responsible for managing regionally-based research projects and for making CMHC's housing research findings available to stakeholders. A major focus of his work has been on conducting research and disseminating the results of CMHC's research on housing. Prior to joining CMHC, Mr. Mishra worked as a Civil Engineer in Thailand, Singapore and India. In addition, Mr. Mishra has over eleven years’ experience in housing and infrastructure projects working as a project manager, cost control engineer, project co-ordinator and contractor. He has obtained a Master of Business Administration Degree from University of Victoria and he holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree from North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, India . Mr. Mishra joined Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in September 1999.
Mr. Mishra has pursued a career in research and consulting on housing that has resulted in over 75 peer reviewed articles and conference presentations. Throughout his career Mr. Mishra has been involved in the development of North American Building Codes and Standards and Occupational Regulations related to indoor air quality, ventilation and thermal comfort. Mr. Mishra has been involved with initiatives like Built Green Alberta, Canada Green Building Council and CMHC's EQuilibrium Homes and Communities.
Brian Scott, Principal Partner
The Communitas Group Ltd.
Brian Scott is the project lead for Station Pointe Greens Project. He has a 30-year history with the concept creation, development, financing, education and marketing of housing cooperatives. His involvement has included: development of a framework of the construction of energy-efficient housing and design of appropriate financial models; development of organizational structures for co-operatives; marketing programs; and coordination of research and development programs related to building design, sustainability and environmental quality design.
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