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For the eco-conscious condo buyer, choosing a building can be challenging. Many of the restored and renovated vintage factories, warehouses and churches are becoming transformed into unique lofts and condos. It’s a great asset to the urban neighbourhoods when a contaminated old factory is transformed into retail or residential loft, bringing new life back into a sometimes dreary area. 

More and more condo owners want to have green elements in their buildings and suites. Here are some things to keep in mind when looking for a Green Condo Building. When such green elements are not already available, making personal choices will also help keep you green!

  • Individually controlled heat and air conditioning (keep your heat and air low and save $ and energy
  • Energy Star Appliances (great investment if your condo doesn’t already have them)
  • Close to public transit (leave the car home and hop on!)
  • AutoShare close-by (sell the car and only pay when you need it)
  • Bike storage (get physical and enjoy seeing your city)
  • Low flush toilets and water saving shower heads
  • Geothermal Building (High Park Lofts are Toronto’s 1st)
  • Solar Panels
  • Green interior finishes such as low-VOC latex paints, formaldehyde-free cabinets (keep your air free of pollutants)
  • Green Roof
  • LEED certified 

For those buildings that do not yet have green elements, you can begin to make interior changes inside your suite adding eco-friendly improvements such as; energy-efficient lighting, bamboo, cork or marmoleum flooring, appliances, paint, toilet and shower-head, and eco-friendly furniture.   

Visit this year's Green Living Show at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place from April 13th - 15th

Receive free admission when you bring along your electronic waste to recycle!

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