Environmentally friendly units planned
Construction of a multimillion-dollar condominium project in north-end Halifax began Friday.
Concrete work on the Q Lofts, a $10-million to $20-million 72-unit condominium building on Roberts Street, just off James Street, is in full swing, with the first section of the footings poured Friday.
Pouring of the insulated concrete form perimeter walls in the parkade started Monday morning.
Developer Peter Polley, head of Polycorp Properties Inc., said construction was to begin last April, soon after a 15,000-square-foot industrial building at 5666 Roberts St. was demolished, with a completion date of next summer or early fall.
But a variety of factors, including a municipal building permit that “took quite a period” to procure, delayed the starting date until now.
The Q Lofts building will have a unique layout, with two-level units featuring 4.8-metre cathedral ceilings in the living room and front entry and a large bedroom loft overlooking the lower level.
Polley said they’re aiming to achieve platinum status from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and preliminary LEED scoring is “looking very good.”
Among the environmentally friendly features are a large hot-air solar collector that will cover almost the entire south end of the building, and a greywater heat recovery system that will allow heat to be extracted from sewage greywater before it is discharged into the municipal sewer system.
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