Tridel unveils its eco suite

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On May 10, Canada's leading condominium builder, Tridel, unveiled its fully functional eco suite. On hand to cut the ribbon was Tridel president Leo DelZotto, Toronto mayor David Miller and Ontario's chief energy conservation officer, Peter Love. Elemental living The eco-suite is located in Element, one of Tridel's "Naturally Better" high performance buildings. This is one of Canada's first residential buildings using the Enwave deep lake water cooling system, recognized by Natural Resources Canada as an elite building with a design efficiency 35 percent higher than the minimum requirements. Located on the 21st floor, the 176 square meters (1,900 square foot) eco suite has been completely finished with enviro-friendly materials, appliances and décor. To complete the suite, Tridel approached both large and small companies manufacturing products in a sustainable way and commissioned Andrea Kantelberg, one of Canada's foremost sustainable living designers. Eco-chic designs Kantelberg used a high-design, low-impact concept throughout the eco-suite that epitomizes eco chic. The foyer has been handcrafted with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified dark-brown wood doors that slide open to a main living space. Most of the furniture has an interesting history, including the dining table made out of black walnut salvaged from a Tridel development. The living room has a custom-designed sofa built using FSC-certified wood and upholstered with pesticide-free linen coloured with non-toxic dyes. An earth-friendly yet elegant fireplace made from steel-mill slag adds texture and drama to the living room. The LED lighting, guaranteed to last 10 times longer than standard fluorescent, reduces overall electricity consumption by an estimated 8,000 kW annually – the equivalent of removing 1.2 cars off the road each year. An earth-tone kitchen has been outfitted with high-performing ENERGY STAR appliances, including a double-drawer dishwasher that allows you to wash half a load. Countertops are made from scratch- and stain-resistant quartz – a pleasant change from the usual granite. In the bedrooms, Miriam Grenville of Grenville Design has created wall coverings using only environmentally friendly materials. Even the carpeting has a green pedigree – it's completely recyclable and free of any off gassing. Luxurious organic sheets and blankets top off the bed made with FSC-certified, pure bond oak veneer and natural, water-based stain and finish. The central focus in the bathroom is a bathtub made from Corian, a durable and renewable material that is also non-porous and hygienic. The dual-flush toilets use as little as three litres of water compared to the conventional 20 litres per flush models and the shower head provides a 36 percent reduction in water use. Book your appointment You can visit the Tridel Eco-Suite located at 20 Blue Jays Way and Front Street. Book your appointment online or call 416-340-7777. The eco suite is also participating in Green Doors Open, a new component of the annual Doors Open Toronto and it will be open to the public on May 26th and 27th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tridel is currently developing 10 new green condominium communities throughout the GTA.