Student Residence Receives Certification as Canada's Largest LEED Platinum Building

    HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Dundurn Capital Partners Inc. is pleased
to announce that its West Village Suites student residence in Hamilton, ON has
been certified by the Canadian Green Building Council as LEED(R) Platinum -
the highest achievable level of certification. West Village Suites is a
privately-owned 109 unit building housing 449 post-secondary students. It is
located approximately 1 kilometer west of McMaster University. At 225,000
square feet, it is the largest LEED-Platinum certified project in Canada.
    "We are extremely excited about this achievement," said Robert Manherz,
President & CEO of Dundurn Capital Partners Inc. "This is the culmination of a
vision we had when we started this project and a commitment we made to the
community. This certification is evidence that development can be
environmentally friendly and still provide benefits to the community."
    Features of West Village Suites include energy savings of 57% due in part
to its Insulated Concrete Form construction and an evacuated heat pipe solar
system that includes 60 panels used for domestic hot water. This array is the
largest installation of its kind in the world. Additionally, each suite
includes Energy Star appliances and low-flow water fixtures.
    Also featured are a white roof, a rain water capture system for re-use as
gray water in the toilet system, balconies and extra-large windows in each
suite allowing 75% of the living space to be used with natural light. Fresh
air is provided directly to each suite by way of an in-suite heat recovery
system tied directly to each suite's fancoil unit. The unit tempers fresh air
by capturing heat from suite exhaust before delivering it to the living space.
This approach ensures fresh air gets to the residents, rather than stagnates
in the corridor, as it often does in a "typical" building.
    Tenants also have the ability to do their part to contribute to energy
savings. An "all-off" switch at the main entrance to each suite allows lights
and ventilation to be shut off when no one is in the space. Also, a real-time
digital read-out or "watt-meter" in the common area of each suite lets
residents know how much energy they are using at any given moment.
    Besides energy saving measures in the design, the project team made
considerable effort to reduce the amount of material waste generated in
construction. Tenants are encouraged to minimize the garbage sent to landfill
through an in-suite waste separation and a waste management/recycling room
provided on each floor.
    The choice of high-quality interior design materials was not only an
environmental choice, but a cause of increased tenant comfort. Paints,
coatings, and adhesives all meet high standards for low off-gassing of
volatile organic compounds (VOCs), while the carpeting has CRI Green Label
    "It all started with a desire to assist with student housing near
McMaster University. From there, we knew we had a chance to do something
special. We did the research and soon discovered that Platinum was within our
reach," continued Manherz. "With the support of our construction sponsors we
were able to meet our lofty goals."

    Dundurn Capital Partners is currently pursuing student residence projects
in other Ontario cities including Oshawa and Thorold.

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contact Robert Manherz at or (905) 528-1717

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