Great Gulf's luxury "Active House" townhomes integrate light and air for
TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - One of Toronto's most charming
neighbourhoods, the west end's Brockton Village, is the setting for a
first-in-Canada community of 20 luxury townhomes designed with the
European "Active House" principles in mind to be equal parts beauty,
comfort, clean, natural light and fresh air. From the foundation up,
each townhome is built with energy efficiency, and sustainability of
our planet, in mind.
Designed to optimize space, the homes of Lighthaus Brockton, being
developed by Great Gulf, are developed with family living in mind and
are wider and brighter than any townhome on the market today. The homes
range between 2200 - 3386 square feet, are up to 20' 6" wide and come
with a two car garage and private backyard terrace. The designers use
fresh air, natural light, green space and elegant design features to
enhance the well-being of those who will live in them, while minimizing
negative effect on the climate in an effort to move us toward a
cleaner, healthier and safer world.
"The Lighthaus concept is new to Canada," said Tad Putyra, President and
Chief Operating Officer of Low-Rise Development at Great Gulf. "It is
designed for a family that likes its space, and likes being close to
the action. They get to enjoy their airy, private enclave, surrounded
by a tight-knit community, and all just steps away from an energetic
street life of a vibrant Queen Street West location. With Lighthaus
Brockton you don't have to choose between luxury and living
responsibly. You can have both."
Brockton Village is a lively, eclectic neighbourhood; a diverse, vibrant
community that is home to new parents, seniors and everyone in between,
where artists, musicians, unique shops and restaurants bring life and
creativity to the everyday Queen Street West streetscape.
What's unique about a Lighthaus home is the integration of inside and
outside - a smooth transition created by artful design that creates a
healthy living environment that feels spacious, warm and inviting.
For example, the townhomes are oriented to maximize natural light, aided
by the most sophisticated window and skylight technologies. An
innovative VELUX Modular Skylight, designed by VELUX and Foster &
Partners, opens a three-story light well that directs a column of
natural light through the centre of the urban home. The skylight at the
top of the well is automated to ensure air flow that either cools or
warms the home to maximize comfort and minimize energy usage.
"North Americans spend more than 90 percent of our time indoors and so
it is important that we maximize the amount of natural daylight in our
homes," said Nels Moxness, President of VELUX Canada Inc. "Daylight and
fresh air refresh us. They help us think, perform better, and boost our
spirits. That's why a Lighthaus home is designed to incorporate as much
natural light as possible. To make the time spent indoors more
enjoyable, healthy and inviting, and to enhance the well-being of those
who live in one."
The homes are situated on the site so large areas of glass on the south
facade provide additional light. Using digital lighting technology,
VELUX designers determine the blend of reflective and diffusive
materials that will then disperse the light throughout each floor to
levels that are optimal for well-being.
VELUX Modular Skylights use automated ventilation technology to provide
an interior bathed in light as well as fresh air. The centrally located
skylight draws stale, hot air out while pulling, fresh air in. As a
result the building no longer depends on mechanic ventilators or air
conditioning. Instead it breathes all by itself.
"Every aspect of this community is based on the belief that a home is
much more than a box for your stuff," said Mr. Putyra. "We've worked
hard to create an uplifting space enriched by beautiful natural light
and fresh air, a space that elegantly connects outdoors and indoors,
using interior design, architectural features, and beautiful
landscaping to tie it all together."
Each home in the private Brockton Village community is custom-designed
by an integrated team of experts, including interior designers Cecconi
Simone, STAMP Architecture, landscape architect Janet Rosenberg &
Studio, and Great Gulf's engineering and construction teams. Each
features its own green space as well as a private community green
Being eco-friendly is another critical element of the Lighthaus design.
Each is highly energy efficient, with balconies, awnings and skylights
to minimize heating and cooling throughout the year. Designed to meet
Energy Star standards, with advanced mechanical systems, Low-E argon
gas filled glazing on windows and skylights, insulation on interior and
exterior foundation walls, and an air barrier system enclosing the
entire envelope of the building.
Designers created the interior space to best serve the way real families
live. The kitchen, recognized as an important gathering place for most
families, is designed for convenience and practicality - a seamless
transition from the cook space to the dining space to the living space,
linked by built-ins. There are a variety of surfaces for people to
gather around, including a prep space for casual dining, and a more
formal dining area (for family dinners), and integrated appliances.
Bedrooms are designed to be a peaceful retreat and conveniently
functional with an interplay of furniture and design elements. There's
never an electrical outlet too far from a phone jack or a lamp. The
master bedroom features a large light-filled dressing area, outfitted
with his and hers custom built-ins. The master bathroom includes custom
designed sinks, a separate tub and shower and a skylight.
Well-planned storage recognize the fact that for busy families, having a
home that is easily organized reduces stress and provides more time to
do things that contribute to well-being, like time with family/friends
or pursuing passions.
"Bringing the Active House concept to Canada in a Lighthaus community is
an important development for the home building sector," said Mr.
Putyra. "It's a recognition that many families don't want to have to
choose between city and suburban amenities, or between luxurious living
and being environmentally responsible. With Lighthaus, they can have it
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About Great Gulf
Since 1975, The Great Gulf Group of companies has grown from a regional
home builder into one of North America's premier real estate
organizations. With a host of new projects in Canada and several major
U.S. cities, the company's fully-integrated activities span the entire
real estate spectrum. The Great Gulf Group includes Great Gulf, Ashton
Woods Homes, First Gulf Corporation, Tucker HiRise Construction,
Brockport Home Systems Ltd. and Taboo Resort Golf and Spa.
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