Housing consumes 18 percent of Canada's energy needs. That's why the building industry is key to helping reduce our energy consumption and why Ecotrust Capital provided working capital to Windmill Development Group, which specializes in brownfield sites, urban in-fill and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building.

Windmill is Canada's leading brownfields remediation and green building developer. The company is currently developing Dockside Green in Victoria, which is slated to be North American's greenest mixed-use neighbourhood. Windmill is designing the Dockside development to be carbon neutral.

“While there have been eco-residential and eco-industrial developments in the past, none, to our knowledge have incorporated such a wide range of uses as Dockside Green,” states Windmill.

Situated in the heart of the City of Victoria, Dockside Green is being developed on fifteen acres of former harbourfront industrial land, with a planned total of 1.3 million square feet of mixed residential, office, retail and commercial space.

It will be a model for holistic, closed-loop design, functioning as a total environmental system in which form, structure, materials, mechanical and electrical systems will be interrelated and interdependent. Basically, it will be a largely self-sufficient, sustainable community where waste from one area will provide fuel for another. Here you will find a dynamic environment where residents, employees, neighbouring businesses and the broader community will interact in a healthy and safe environment, reclaimed from disuse and contamination.

“Dockside Green has redefined the words bold and leadership when it comes to Green Development,” says Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism and Ecology of Commerce. “In this one project, what is possible has been redefined for cities everywhere, a brilliant achievement that will change our world.”

As a LEED Platinum project, Dockside Green reflects the principles of New Urbanism, smart growth, green building and sustainable community design.