Media were invited this morning to the launch of Sail, the first six-storey all wood-frame building at UBC. Clean, simple design is integrated with sustainability throughout.
With only 40 homes left for sale in the 117-unit complex, Sail has already garnered several green awards, including California Gold Nugget Awards of Merit for Multi-Family Housing Project, Sustainably Residential Community, International Residential Project, and more.
We walked around the grounds and visited a few showrooms as well as one of the penthouses.
Each penthouse has its own rooftop lanai, a private outdoor room bridging indoor and outdoor life with great natural lighting as well as views of the UBC area. The staging is well thought out, but the room plans themselves really make the best use of each space.
Having wood throughout the six stories also helps with noise efficiency. Adera Development is known for its wood-frame housing quality (many of its employees are UBC grads). Kevin Mahon and his team created a gorgeous building close to a fine variety of amenities within walking distance. Aside from being close to campus, The Chan Centre for Performing Arts and Museum of Anthropology are both easily accessible as are bus lines, bike parking, and a brand new community centre targeted for completion this year.
Sail, with its REAP Platinum status, not only opened on time but under budget. Its state-of-the-art waste water heat recovery system recovers heat from water flushed down the drain and uses it to preheat water used for domestic purposes, as well as in-floor radiant heat for homes and common areas.
Here are a few of SAIL’s numerous features:
– modo the car coop limited membership
– All-vinyl windows exceed ENERGY STAR requirements
– Rough in for solar panels
– Six parking stalls for electric cars
– Improved air tightness leads to less heat loss
– Whisper quiet ventilation fans provide continuous supply of fresh air and regulates humidity
– High efficiency boiler system 9 ENERGY STAR refrigerators and dishwashers
– Motion sensor light switches in bathrooms, common corridors, and parkade
– Exterior lighting complies with Dark Skies program
– In-floor radiant heating with the ability to hook into a future neighbourhood energy utility
– Water saving toilets, water efficient faucets and shower aerators
– Wood construction reduces environmental footprint significantly compared to steel or concrete
Visitors to tomorrow’s Third Annual Wesbrook Village Festival (11 am to 3 pm) will be able to view the showrooms for a closer view. Arrive by bike or on the #41 bus route. There will be a kids zone, free BBQ, rock climbing wall, prizes, booths, games, a free yoga class from 11 to 11:45 am and lots more. Visit the Wesbrook Village website for details.