Mona Saeed, Journal of Commerce
BLATCHFORD — Envisioned as a carbon neutral community using 100 per cent renewable energy, the Blatchford development in Edmonton will include two residential areas on the east and west sides, a town centre, an 80-acre central park and a civic plaza connecting all the neighbourhoods together. Pictured is the west Blatchford concept.
At 536 acres, Edmonton’s former City Centre Airport lands are being transformed into one of the world’s biggest sustainable mixed-use communities that will house nearly 30,000 residents, states a City of Edmonton report.
Located in the north central area of the city, the land, which will be coined Blatchford, is bordered by Yellowhead Trail to the north, Kingsway Avenue and Airport Road to the southwest, 109 Street to the east and 121 Street to the west.
Blatchford development plans have been driven by three core principles: to protect the environment and make use of technologies that provide sustainable solutions for renewable energy; to minimize the regional footprint; and to create an inclusive and healthy community.
[...] Envisioned as a carbon neutral community using 100 per cent renewable energy, the Blatchford development will include two residential areas on the east and west sides, a town centre, an 80-acre central park and a civic plaza connecting all the neighbourhoods together. The development will also utilize a centralized District Energy Sharing System (DESS), otherwise described as an onsite low carbon energy system that will provide energy for heating, cooling and domestic hot water. The DESS will consist of a geoexchange field system that essentially makes use of shallow geothermal energy from the ground for heating and cooling, explains Christian Felske, the director of renewable energy systems for Blatchford.