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Sustainable community in The Bridges

Sustainable and energy efficient elements are a very important part of The Bridges.

The Bow Valley Centre Concept Plan, which details the overall vision for The Bridges, along with the land use and architectural guidelines, includes 50 sustainable elements mandated for use within the development. These range from increased density in the inner city and surrounding LRT station, pedestrian oriented design, live-work units and solar orientation to low maintenance landscaping.

Stakeholder consultation​

Stakeholder input is critical to long term sustainability. An extensive public consultation process was undertaken to ensure that neighbourhood and city-wide residents, along with area businesses, participated in developing The Bridges vision and tools for long-term success.

Mandated energy efficiencies

The City of Calgary's Office of Land Servicing & Housing​ is the land developer of The Bridges. Office of Land Servicing & Housing requires purchasers in Phase 1 & 2 to incorporate a list of energy efficient elements into their building sites and design.

The required elements in Phase 1 include:

  • construction waste management plans
  • building recycling centres
  • indoor/outdoor bicycle parking
  • low volume toilets and shower heads
  • irrigation
  • low maintenance landscaping and
  • other energy efficient features.

Building "green"

Two mixed-use (retail/residential) projects in Phases 1 have been built with the goal of achieving a Platinum level in the LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system.  For more information on LEED™ refer to Canadian Green Building Council: LEED™ rating system .

To encourage more LEED™certifiable buildings, evaluation criteria in the Phase 2 land disposition process gave points to potential builders willing to build to this standard. This supports The City of Calgary's sustainable building policy, designed to inform, support and promote sustainable building principles and benefits in the community.

Energy efficiencies in the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Hall

Many ideas from the LEED™ building standards program have also been incorporated into the design of the new Bridgeland-Riverside Community Centre including:

  • the main building has a "green" roof that uses highly efficient insulation, while adding usable space for viewing
  • native plant species have been used throughout the project, reducing water requirements substantially
  • water use has been further reduced by the use of low-volume toilets and urinals
  • materials throughout the building have been carefully chosen to meet environmental concerns of both air quality and sustainability 
  • natural wood products have been used for the floor surface of the library
  • bricks from the former Calgary General Hospital have been incorporated into the fireplace, adding an historical element while reusing materials
  • energy use has been reduced by the use of highly efficient insulation, upgraded glazing to windows that are strategically located and high efficiency furnaces for heating
  • cross-flow ventilation using fresh air has been installed to assist with heating and cooling
  • the exterior of the building incorporates sustainable products including brick, steel and wood

For more information

Refer to the Planning Documents and Parks & Open Space Concept Plans for information on park planting and grading, etc.