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What to Consider When Shopping for an Eco-Friendly Condo

If you’re on the hunt for a home in this world, and your search has not led you astray but instead led you to the world of eco-friendly condos in Toronto or elsewhere, it’s safe to say you’re on the right track. It’s pretty important, however, to do your homework before you buy to make sure you’re picking a quality building and a developer with a proven track record. Strong leaders in green development don’t cut corners, and they are influenced by a desire to lessen environmental impacts both today and for future generations.

Luigi Santaguida founded Stanton Renaissance to offer green condos that are visually appealing, feature green elements and technologies prominently, and cut energy costs. Stanton’s projects succeed at all three, singlehandedly raising the bar in responsible development.

There’s a level of status quo inefficiency that we’ve come to think of as normal. Have you ever noticed your air conditioner produces heat? Or that heat can be used to provide hot water? Anywhere from 30-40% of the heat a building generates is wasted.

Living in a green condo means reducing your carbon footprint becomes a lot easier. Construction waste is more often recycled and steered away from landfills. You’ll save a lot of money by using high-performance, energy efficient systems and appliances. Your indoor environment will be healthier thanks to better ventilation.

To help you find the right eco-friendly condo for you and yours, here are a few key things to keep in mind while perusing green homes on the market:

  • Searching for a new or recently updated apartment, complete with energy-efficient systems is usually more affordable than investing in major changes such as upgraded appliances, insulation, or heating/air conditioning systems in pre-existing condos.
  • Be wary of “greenwashing,” a corporate practice wherein companies promote false or inaccurate information about the sustainability of their project. One great way to ensure that a condo developer’s claim of environmental sustainability is legitimate is a LEED-certification.
  • Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED)-certified buildings are recognized globally for compliance with strict environmental guidelines, which truly set the gold standard for sensitivity to the impact of development. Read more on LEED Canada’s contributions.
  • Not sure what to ask your developer? How about: Have you won awards for green building technology? What green technologies is the building using and how do they lessen environmental impact? How do your green technologies affect my costs?
  • Have fun out there. Shopping for a condo can be incredibly exciting. Here’s to your new green home!

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