Zibi Is Sustainable
Dream and Theia’s vision was to create one of the world’s most sustainable and environmentally conscious communities on the planet. To accomplish this, Zibi follows an ambitious One Planet Action Plan, which is a model based on ten simple principles to make sustainable living easy and affordable for all. This model will help Zibi live and breathe within a fair share of the planet’s resources.Read our groundbreaking One Planet Action Plan here
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Zibi will rely entirely on zero carbon energy sources for community operations. This will be achieved by creating a district energy system whose aim is to ensure all Zibi energy needs are satisfied on a net-zero carbon basis. Innovative development strategies, best-in-class property management practices, and sustainability focused community building will contribute to reduce energy demand and boost energy efficiency at all stages of the Zibi lifecycle. Zibi will also eliminate 100% of the community’s reliance on GHG emitting energy sources for building operations by 2025.
Zibi will increase the rate of waste diversion from landfills to more than 70% by offering waste management alternatives, including recycling and compost programs. Establishing a sharing culture among residents, Zibi will reduce the amount of waste produced through education and community engagement. Zibi will also employ innovative waste reduction and diversion strategies throughout construction.
Zibi will encourage sustainable transport to both reduce the need for
energy reliant transportation by giving priority to bikes and pedestrians and, when energy reliant transport is needed, provide infrastructure for efficient and low-impact alternatives such as ride-share and electric cars.
Zibi will implement a life-cycle analysis approach when considering the materials & products comprising the development. This approach takes into consideration the environmental impacts of all materials over their respective lifetimes, reducing reliance on unsustainable materials and repurposing materials already found in abundance on-site. New technologies and innovative construction solutions will minimize the environmental impact of Zibi’s development.
Local and Sustainable Food
Zibi will serve as a model for integrating agriculture into the urban landscape. Easy access to seasonal, local, and sustainably produced food will help residents enjoy healthier, fresher diets and support local farms and vendors, while reducing the carbon footprint of Zibi resident’s diets by 60%, as compared to a conventional diet.
Zibi will reduce potable water consumption by 15% compared to the regional average of 163L of water per person per day. Super-efficient appliances will be used throughout the project and non-potable water will be employed for sewage conveyance and landscaping, where feasible. Zibi’s landscaping will require reduced irrigation by including drought tolerant species, and provide storm water remediation to prevent run-off pollution.
Starting with the remediation of the contaminated, former industrial site, Zibi will restore the area as a biologically diverse ecosystem. Carefully designed landscapes and greenspaces will provide micro-habitats for indigenous species, thereby increasing biodiversity at Zibi.
Culture & Community
Zibi will give the public unprecedented and long overdue access a site of great cultural relevance. Through signage, architecture, art, and community programming, Zibi will make the rich history of the site legible to residents and visitors and establish a distinct cultural identity. Thanks to improved physical connection to neighbouring attractions and landmarks, Zibi will be integrated into the existing network of cultural destinations within the National Capital Region.
Equity & Local Economy
Zibi will be a community for all. Incorporating a range of housing opportunities, Zibi will ensure a diverse mix of owners and renters. Zibi’s commercial and retail spaces will be preferentially allocated to local and socially responsible business, creating jobs and giving opportunity to small, ethically run enterprises, while offering residents increased opportunity to invest in their local community. Zibi will be developed in friendship and collaboration with the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation, offering preferential employment and investment opportunities, as well as a visible cultural presence in fabric of the community.
Zibi will foster Health & Happiness. The creation of community green spaces and play areas will provide ample infrastructure to encourage and facilitate active lifestyles within the community. Zibi’s built environment and site programming efforts will stimulate both physical and social activity. Coordinated community gatherings and initiatives will give residents the opportunity to be active in shaping and participating in their community.
Zibi is a world-class prototype for 21st Century design and development. Its an opportunity to re-think and counter traditional car-centric urban planning principles, high maintenance landscapes, and inefficient buildings, all of which are highly consumptive of natural resources.
Zibi achieves the highest green building standards for materials, water, energy and indoor air quality, and is a zero carbon sustainability showpiece. This includes creating habitat protection, outdoor recreation, community agriculture and connecting the site with adjacent open spaces. It also means having more local, organic and fair trade products in restaurants and shops, providing cleaner transportation options, creating quality affordable housing and jobs, and making it easier to adopt healthy green lifestyles.