1.12.09

EcoCite is still marching on

Eco Cité on the Canal Green Ottawa Condo exterior modern LEED
Some of you may already know that Eco Cité on the Canal, a "new" green building condo project in the city, has been having some financial and time management issues (1,2). I remember viewing their site for the first time when I was still in Montreal, a couple years ago, and being very impressed at what they were offering... I wanted a unit.

Eco Cité on the Canal Green Ottawa Condo exterior modern LEED

Located right in front of Lansdowne Park, this green building project is designed to meet LEED standards with elements such as a geothermal heat pump system, a heat recovery unit, radiant floors, bamboo floors, water saving fixtures, and many other very appealing features.

Eco Cité on the Canal Green Ottawa Condo exterior modern LEED

This is certainly not the first green condo project in Canada, nor the first green building by Écocité Developments. Habitat 1, was successfully built in Montreal in 2003. I couldn't find any details on why this project hasn't gone smoothly, but I bet that the painfully slow construction has something to do with the money issues.

Nevertheless, they are still marching on to get the project done. And by the look of their construction update on their website (last updated in October) it should be ready soon. At least I hope so for the buyers. They must be very anxious to get in. The facade looks pretty much done. There are also pictures from inside. Who knows, maybe they'll be in before Christmas. I should go take a look at some point.

Eco Cité on the Canal Green Ottawa Condo exterior modern LEED
Eco Cité on the Canal Green Ottawa Condo interior LEED
Eco Cité on the Canal Green Ottawa Condo modern interior LEED

Hopefully it's worth the wait. From the pictures on their site, it looks like they've been paying attention to the details. Perhaps the wait will be compensated by the quality of the construction and the fact that they seem to still be working on making sure that the green features are actually implemented, like balcony gardens which will provide some greenery for the occupants but help retain storm water.

Eco Cité on the Canal Green Ottawa Condo, Green roof, LEED

photos: Écocité Developments | Google map

4 comments:

  1. Looks awesome. Please post an update if you come upon more interior pictures :)

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  3. @ BubBLes: Will do :) I'm also curious to see the end result

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  4. I loved that these condos had small gardens.

    Glad to see that it's finally complete.

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