Climate change is perhaps the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced. As a developer,
we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that every project we undertake has
a net positive effect in the effort to minimize climate change.
With each passing year, the need to address the climate crisis grows more urgent. While there is general agreement and some coordinated effort on a global basis, as individuals and businesses, we must do everything we can to diminish our impact on the climate and the environment as a whole.
Technologies and techniques are coming to market that can significantly help in the effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Atria is investing in many of these initiatives, pioneering them in some cases, all to create homes that require less energy to produce, consume less energy to operate, and promote healthier lifestyles.
These are investments undertaken with a long-term view whose value is in enhancing the desirability of our properties far into the future, but more importantly, in helping to address the immediate challenge of reducing greenhouse gases and arresting environmental degradation.
These are just some of the technologies and ideas Atria has already, or is currently, implementing:

Mass Timber Construction

Concrete and steel are the traditional structural elements of multi-residential and commercial buildings today. The production of each generates significant greenhouse gases; steel production is responsible for around 8% of global carbon dioxide emissions each year, while concrete production results a further 4-8% of such emissions.

In recent years, wood-based replacements for these materials have been developed that are not only renewable, but actually sequester substantial amounts of carbon dioxide. Mass timber is also significantly lighter and quicker to build with than concrete and steel and, for many, has greater aesthetic appeal.

Atria’s first mass timber building is currently in planning and will soon be constructed in downtown Oshawa.

Ground Source Heating

Heating and cooling large buildings typically require vast amounts of electricity and fossil fuels. Reducing the consumption of these resources lowers the building’s ongoing environmental impact, its operating costs and its exposure to energy price volatility.

Ground source heating (geothermal) uses the fairly constant temperature of the earth several metres below grade in concert with a heat pump system to moderate temperature within the building. As a result, other than fossil fuels used to produce electricity to drive the heat pump system, heating and cooling the building produces no greenhouse gases.

Atria’s Town Centre Place will feature 4 residential towers
whose primary heating and cooling will be powered
by the largest geothermal field in Canada.


Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) is a heat pump system that allows individualized temperature control while reducing energy consumption typically associated with heat pumps by 20% or more. These systems distribute refrigerant at variable rates and in the exact amounts to achieve the desired temperature requested in each zone.

Atria’s NEO, soon to be under construction in Oshawa, will combine ground source heating and VRF to deliver highly efficient, individualized climate control.

Smart Home

The financial and environmental cost of energy usage is a concern to every individual. Atria residents are able to take advantage of Atria Connected to better control their energy usage using their smartphone or their in-suite wallpad.

Among many other functions, Atria Connected Atria Connected enables in-suite temperature control from anywhere, putting the ability to manage energy consumption in the hands of each resident. Future versions will also include the ability to control in-suite lighting.

Light Management

Window systems that provide lots of natural light and panoramic views are proven to contribute positively to mental health and a sense of well-being. Therefore, it is generally desirable to maximize window area.

But glass, even triple-glazed, is a poor insulator, which results in greater energy requirements to maintain a desired temperature. With automated blind systems or electrochromic windows, the effects of hotspots from direct sunlight and cold zones resulting from proximity to glass can be reduced.

Atria’s 80 Bond features View glass windows which automatically adjust to natural light, increasing opacity with the intensity of the sun.

Additional Efforts

It is one thing to achieve a desired temperature and quite another to maintain it. Atria builds to achieve energy efficiency across each project, using building techniques and technologies that reduce heat loss and insulate for cooler indoor temperatures in hot weather.
Atria also uses Energy Star
rated appliances and efficient
LED lighting systems
throughout its properties.

Sustainability, though, is not exclusively about energy consumption. Managing our water resources is also critical. For this reason,
Atria uses plumbing fixtures designed to provide greater efficiency, reducing wastewater without compromising comfort.

Waste from building sites also contributes to environmental degradation. After remediating any site to remove environmental
hazards, Atria creates and executes a plan to divert as much waste as possible from landfills, repurposing and reusing materials
wherever possible. A large part of Atria’s Y Lofts project was built using reclaimed materials from the original structure.