Sharon Crowther, The Globe and Mail
August 4, 2017
Edmonton’s Blatchford project has been plagued by delays, but the heavy equipment is finally at work.
It aims to set the bar for carbon-neutral living in Canada and Blatchford, a 217-hectare development on the site of the former Edmonton Airport, has made a promising start; diverting 27,000 tonnes of building materials from landfill during site preparation.
“It actually saved money to recycle buildings and materials as we avoided the cost of transporting material to landfill and paying the tipping fees,” he explains. “The deconstruction process was undertaken in two phases and we diverted 92 per cent of all materials from landfill, which was a huge achievement. The volume of material was large and our goal was 80 per cent; we surpassed that.
“In May, we started installing the utilities that support residential development like power, cable, gas, telecommunications, water pipes, sanitation and the district energy system,” he continues.
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