The Sustainable Condo

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From 2004 to 2011, the Sustainable Condo received more than 400,000 visitors in Vancouver, Atlanta and Toronto.
This initiative ended in summer 2011.
The exhibit was dismantled and its parts donated to non-for-profit organizations in the Greater Toronto Area. This site is kept active for legacy purpose We thank all that made it possible by supporting the project: The Canadian government, CMHC, private sponsors, architects, engineers and builders that have contributed to they success of this project.

CNE (Aug 15-Sept 1, 2008)

EcoSmart Sustainable Condo was put on exhibition during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) at Exhibition Place in Toronto, August 15-September 1, 2008.
The Sustainable Condo was in the CNE Green Zone within the CMHC Eco Pods (the former Music Building), located on Manitoba Drive just north of Queen Elizabeth Complex and west of the Go-Transit and TTC stops. Visitors were guided through the condo to explain more about the environmental features of this green dream home. Alongside the Sustainable Condo was the Toronto Fashion Incubator, Hydrogen Village, and a number of other exhibits to promote the idea that the transition from environmentally-friendly design to everyday life is easier than you think.
weblink: theex.com

Sustainable Condo at the 2008 CNE

EcoSmart s Sustainable Condo was open to the public during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) at Exhibition Place in Toronto, August 15-September 1, 2008.
The Sustainable Condo was in the CNE’s “Green Zone” within the CMHC Eco Pods (the former Music Building). The exhibit was open throughout the fair with guides on hand to explain more about the environmental features of this green dream home. Throughout the 2008 CNE, 55,000 people visited the condo exhibit. Alongside the Sustainable Condo were the Toronto Fashion Incubator, Hydrogen Village, and a number of other exhibits to promote the idea that the transition from environmentally-friendly design to everyday life is easier than you think. Daily CNE Green Zone features included: *Sustainable Condo exhibit open to the public *Green yoga/pilates demonstrations, hosted by Adaptive Movements *Interactive green design workshops with local artists and designers. *Tours of the Exhibition Place Wind Turbine hosted by TREC/Windshare. CNE’s “Green Day” on Tuesday, August 19 was hosted by David Bednar and packed with special features, such as: *A special Green Day event and media launch where attendees heard interesting green innovators speak. This was followed by an exciting green fashion show presented by the Toronto Fashion Incubator. *Sustainable Condo guided tour: suppliers of the products & services displayed in the condo led a tour through the exhibit. *Toronto Fashion Incubator: an exhibit of green clothing design, featuring garments made by Canadian designers using earth friendly materials and processes. Skye Textiles provided an informative display and samples of eco-friendly fabrics. *Kid’s Green Fashion Design Contest: an area of the Green Zone where kids worked with fashion interns to create the future of earth friendly fashion. Designs were on display throughout the CNE and prizes awarded. *Hydrogen Village: a display to educate fairgoers about the future of hydrogen as an alternative energy source. *Adaptive Movements: information on how to green your workout, with samples of eco-friendly workout equipment and daily interactive demonstrations on yoga/pilates using eco-friendly materials. *Ecotecture Canada: an art exhibit curated by Ecotecture Canada (a charitable organization dedicated to addressing issues of environment and sustainability in a public forum) in which artists critically explore the relationship between art and the environment. Featured sculptures by Robert Hengeveld, Lauren Nurse and Michael Brown. *Car Heaven: displays and information described how to permanently remove high-polluting cars from Canadian roads.

Motorized Sunscreen

Sun-Brite window coverings block heat loss in winter and overheating in summer, reducing the overall energy required to heat or cool a building.
Sun-Brite Drapery is committed to energy conservation, offering “green” shades that will play an important role in reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our environment for future generations. The motorized sunscreen also eliminates glare, protects furniture from UV damage and uses an eco-friendly fabric.
weblink: sunbritedrapery.com/

North on Sixty

Dining room table
The “Plinth” table base is made of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recycled Southern Yellow Pine banded with steel. The water based clear coat is a healthy choice. The top is 3/4″ square edge tempered glass. Bottom protection 1/4” thick A.S.T.M. 140 felt, wood and steel finished with mineral oil and wax. The image to the left is of one of the plinth legs that supports the glass table top.
weblink: northonsixty.ca/

The Sustainable Condo at UN HABITAT

Due to the lack of space, only one section of the Sustainable Condo was used to create a background to the “sustainability corner”
In keeping with the WUF s “Ideas to Action” central theme, the Sustainability Corner provided a platform for a dialogue in the context of efforts local to Vancouver and Canada, with a focus on five major sustainability goals: Energy, Water, Resources, Land and Well-Being, as we the recommendation towards sustainability for the 2010 Olympics.
weblink: sustainabilitycorner.com

Finishes

This category includes products that reduce fumes and off gases from paints and finishes, window coverings, floor coverings, cabinets, and shelving products.
The choice of indoor finishes has a significant affect on indoor air quality. Many indoor finishes contain toxins, known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), including solvents and ureaformaldehyde, that emit harmful gases during installation and use. The finishes in the Condo, including the carpeting, are low- and no-VOC finishing products.

Metal

The Condo features several examples of stainless steel construction.
The steel industry is leading the way in material recovery. Most steel products on the market today contain high levels of recycled content (i.e. rebar). Steel has high strength to weight ratio, it is a durable material, and it is material efficient.

Thermal and Moisture Protection

Efficient thermal and moisture protection is a big energy-saver. This category includes heat flow and insulation, water penetration, vapor condensation, roofing, and waterproofing.
The Sustainable Condo features a number of innovative examples of thermal and moisture protection, including the various demonstration walls, the green roofing system, and the heat recovery ventilator.