Tourist accommodation receives praise for its eco-friendly design

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New tourist accommodation has received accolades from the Canmore Planning Commission for providing far beyond the requirements of green building regulations.

CANMORE – New tourist accommodation has received accolades from the Canmore Planning Commission for providing well beyond the requirements of green building regulations.

The development will house 55 tourist accommodations and a living / work unit at 1408 Spring Creek Gate, but the commission members were impressed with the use of geo-swap heating and air conditioning, being certified green and having at least 16 percent better than the National Energy Code of Canada.

Florian Jungen, member of the Canmore Planning Commission (CPC), praised the applicant for exceeding the requirements of green builders on the Timberstone Lodge.

“It really sets an example for the community, and I think it might be useful for the administration to look at these requirements for a case study of what other buildings can do in Canmore,” he said. declared.

“I think these developments at Spring Creek are really an example of what can be achieved and it seems to be economically feasible and technically feasible… I think it’s really good to see someone come forward like that. “

Frank Kernick, developer and owner of Spring Creek Mountain Village, told the commission that developments in the Spring Creek Mountain Village area redevelopment plan use geo-trading to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

He also added that the buildings are being solar powered for the future potential of adding solar panels, which is currently happening at Tamarack Lodge.

“All of our buildings, we’ve tried to make them at least solar ready,” Kernick said. “To do this, you have to install conduits up to the roof and you have to make sure that the structure of your roofs can withstand the solar panels and snow loads.… It is quite profitable to prepare a building for solar energy. . “

Kernick said the cost of building materials has risen by around 30% in recent years, but the goal is for future buildings in Spring Creek to be solar-ready as well.

“This is probably the best combination you can do to achieve net zero without making more construction modifications,” he said. “We are 100% solar ready, and I really hope that on all future buildings we can put it on the southern slopes of the rooftops. “

Timberstone Lodge will be in the area of ​​other tourist and multi-use accommodation similar to White Spruce Lodge, Jack Pine Lodge, Arnica Lodge and Tamarack Lodge.

The old site housed mobile homes, which have been removed in anticipation of the redevelopment of the district.

The property will have 88 vehicle parking spaces, 102 long-term bicycle spaces, 18 short-term bicycle spaces and a loading area. The four-story building includes underground parking and offers a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom units.

The proposal required three minor variations related to the height of the building, construction variations to the line, and the open space of the blocks. All of them have been authorized by the commission.

A report to the committee noted that 20 percent of the building exceeded the maximum building height by up to 10 percent. Five percent of the building was also 20 percent above the maximum allowable height.

“The administration believes that the architectural integrity of the building is enhanced by the design of the roof,” the report said.

The built-on-line look requires the ground floor to be more than three meters from the property line, but a small portion of the building facade meant that 59% of the building’s facade was more than three meters away. meters.

The variance of open block space requires 25 percent of the site to be continuous open landscaped space, while the demand was 21.9 percent. However, the report stressed that future development will be a place that will serve as a “space of amenity for social interaction”.

A separate open block space on the north side of the building would bring the total to 25.3 percent.

“I think this matches other buildings in the area and previous requests that have been submitted to the Planning Commission,” said Alex Pooley, one of the CPC members.

Another CPC member, Doug Wright, echoed Pooley’s comments, noting that the decision matches similar deviations the CPC approved at Spring Creek.

“For consistency, it makes sense that we endorse them,” he said.

CPC turned to the City of Canmore to potentially add a clause in the land use bylaw requiring that future developments be solar ready.

“We are approving buildings that will hopefully be around 75 years from now – maybe more – and at that point Canada made a commitment to be carbon neutral,” Jungen said. “I think this is something the City could look at in the land use bylaw so that developments are at least solar ready.

“It’s a small initial investment that makes it easier to happen in the future. If you’re trying to install solar panels in a building that hasn’t been plumbed to be ready for it, it’s much more intrusive. For a little more PVC up front, it’s such a minimal burden that it allows buildings to be modernized in the future.


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