As the flagship condominium residence in the master-planned Bayside Toronto Community, Aqualina at Bayside’s 13-storey building is the first high-rise condo in the city to receive LEED Platinum Certification.
Nearly a decade has passed since Hines was named the master developer of Bayside Toronto, following an international competition by Waterfront Toronto. Hines brought Tridel on as its exclusive residential development partner at Bayside with intentions to pursue LEED Platinum since 2017.
“For twenty years Waterfront Toronto has pursued new standards in sustainability and innovation in building complete communities. We are proud to have first introduced LEED environmental buildings standards to the Toronto market, which have now been adopted by developers across the Greater Toronto Area,” says Meg Davis, Chief Development Officer, Waterfront Toronto.
“Sustainability has been a core value since the inception of our master-plan and we have taken a site-wide approach to energy conservation,” says Avi Tesciuba, Senior Managing Director, Hines Canada.
Tridel’s Director of Innovation and Sustainability, Adrian Wang says that Platinum Certification is a significant achievement for the Bayside team. Not only does it mark a first for Toronto, but also Aqualina is the second high-rise, multi-residential project in Canada to achieve the designation.
“It’s a remarkable accomplishment, and especially gratifying to achieve LEED Platinum as a condominium residence,” says Wang. “Energy conservation is a crowning feature of Aqualina and the entire Bayside Community. Our collective efforts translate to a healthier, more sustainable community for residents and the city, and the financial savings are passed on to our purchasers. Because of our site-wide approach at Bayside, we’re well positioned to replicate our success at Aquavista, Aquabella and Aqualuna.”
Among the innovations contributing to Aqualina’s platinum certification are a site-wide water filtration system, sustainable procurement practices and discerning material choices. The Canadian Green Building Council administers all LEED certifications.
“As the first condominium residence in Bayside, Hines and Tidel’s Aqualina includes solar panels for renewable energy generation, and water-efficient plumbing fixture. Beyond environment, Aqualina leverages the holistic approach of green building by improving residents’ well-being through a healthy indoor environment, and amenities that encourage enjoyment of the outdoors. Aqualina is an example of what sustainable residential living should be across Canada,” says Thomas Mueller, President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council.