US study tour to focus on medium density

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The 2013 study tour of successful medium density developments in North America will take in Victoria BC, Seattle and Portland. These cities showcase successful and sustainable medium density developments,which have led to changes in market demand.

New Zealand faces the challenge of delivering more affordable and better housing solutions to meet demand.  Medium density development is part of the solution, but only if it is done well and is appealing to the community.

Tour highlights

The Living Future conference and trade show in Seattle May 15 - 17. 

The International Living Future Institute is hosting its seventh annual conference, Living Future 2013, in downtown Seattle, Washington. Living Future is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. Out-of-the-ordinary learning and networking formats provide innovative design strategies, cutting-edge technical information, and the inspiration needed to achieve significant progress toward a truly living future.  This year’s educational program theme is “Resilience & Regeneration”. The Living Future conference and trade show tackles the planet’s ecologic, economic and social challenges, and offers solutions addressing these challenges at the building and city scale.

Dockside Green Development, Victoria BC. Dockside Green has long been at the forefront of global urban planning. This new-generation, master-planned waterfront community is designed to reflect a more responsible approach to the environment. Aims to set the benchmark as the future of sustainable harbour front communities.

Pike Place Market (Seattle) is iconic and also runs the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA). This has four affordable housing buildings and three market rate buildings located directly within the Pike Place Market.

The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority has developed ID Village Square, the block-long development that includes assisted-living, family housing and childcare above retail space (no incubators), library, community center, health clinic and other services. SCIDPDA’s other housing projects in this historic neighbourhood are in renovated buildings.

Croft Place (Seattle) features one, two, three and four bedroom apartment homes.  There is also a community building that contains: laundry facilities, resident technology centre, after school youth development program, and a community room with a kitchenette which is available for use by all residents.    There is also a demonstration solar panel on the roof of the community building.  Built in 2005 with energy conserving windows and extra insulation to keep heating bills low

Mount View Heights - an 8 acre former school site, now owned by the Capital Regional Hospital District (Victoria). Following a comprehensive rezoning process, a plan has been developed for the site that addresses three key regional priorities-a ‘Campus of Care’ for seniors, housing for the homeless, and affordable family housing operated and developed by a variety of partners. The overall development will be “green”, incorporating sustainable elements, and all buildings designed to qualify for LEED status.

Vantage townhomes are example of some infill density being added within the Town of View Royal, a predominantly residential suburb of Victoria. The first phase of this small mixed-use project is complete and the first development to be an Energy Star qualified home on Vancouver Island. Energy Star qualified homes aim to be at least 20% more energy efficient than standard code construction.


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