At CORE we are committed to incorporating environmental sustainability into planning, building design and construction.
Our commitment is more than words. Our process incorporates goals to minimize resource consumption, optimize building performance, and promote the health of building occupants and users. We have the expertise to know what is feasible and how to achieve the greatest impact.
Projects are measured and rated according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System. CORE currently has seven urban residential projects pursuing LEED® certification: Regent Park Block 12 (Gold), Central (Gold), West Don Lands (Gold) Six50 King (Silver), Five Hundred Wellington (Certified), M5V(Certified) and Fashion House(Certified). We are confident that our team will be able to design and deliver a project that will be eligible for LEED® certification as well as those which aspire to Toronto’s Green Standard.
As responsible professionals we consider our projects as more than discreet objects. In our downtown projects we advocate appropriate densities that make best use of the site, support mass transit options and provide healthy living environments for people. We practice sustainable design not just in terms of its environmental benefits, which are significant, but also because sustainable design is a highly marketable advantage for our clients.
Sustainable design practices have also impacted the retail landscape as many landlords and operators of retail complexes and shopping malls are setting sustainability targets for their brand tenants to comply with.
These targets include not only design, construction and demolition requirements, but focus on healthier environments and air quality. Energy and water conservation are also included in leasing obligations.
For retail designers, sustainability challenges the way the retail environment are designed, how we light, power them, modify the physical environment with heat and air-conditioning, and what materials we use. The design of furniture and fittings, which take less room to transport and less power to install, also impacts sustainable opportunities.
Flexibility is a critical concern, extending the life of the store with finishes and materials that are enduring yet environmentally sound.
Our LEED-CI AP certified designers lead these efforts identifying options and alternatives to clients to achieve environmental and sustainable challenges and goals. Several of our current clients have issued guidelines for retail environment design to achieve a more environmentally friendly result. We have worked with these clients to fulfill those requirements, while maintaining cost and speed to delivery.
We are confident that our team will be able to design and deliver a project that will be eligible for LEED® certification as well as those which aspire to Toronto’s Green Standard.