Lakefront luxury made greener

Royal Port condos are transforming a historic site into high-efficiency waterfront homes.


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    Architectural firm Raimondo + Associates participated in Savings by Design to make Royal Port more energy efficient.

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    As a result of the workshop, RAAI made design changes to include best-in-class technologies for energy savings and healthier, more comfortable homes.


projected annual energy cost savings

85,499 kg CO2e
projected GHG reduction**

projected better energy performance than Ontario Building Code

mid-rise tower

upscale suites


**Projected savings based on energy modelling simulations from the Savings by Design Integrated Design Process workshop.

Revitalizing a heritage area

The Port Dalhousie Heritage District of St. Catharines is one of Canada’s best-preserved nineteenth century canal villages. Located on the old Welland Canal, once an important shipping route, it was also home to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 350, which will gain a brand new facility on the redeveloped property.

Committed to sustainable design

Architectural firm Raimondo + Associates (RAAI) participated in Savings by Design to make Royal Port more energy efficient. They engaged in a full-day workshop with live energy modelling to identify clear, cost-effective strategies to achieve their sustainability goals.

Healthier, more comfortable homes

As a result of the workshop, RAAI made design changes to include best-in-class exterior wall assemblies for energy savings and quieter suites, high-performance ventilation systems for improved air quality and a higher-efficiency centralized heating and cooling system to enhance resident comfort.

“Our clients’ expectations for quality have increased and expanded the minimum requirements for greater improvements,” said Emilio Raimondo, President of RAAI.

The condos are a key part of Port Dalhousie’s ambitious revitalization plan, bringing the past and future together in one efficient, resilient, sustainable building.

Key energy-saving enhancements

  • Centralized energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) and heat recovery ventilators (HRVs).
  • Centralized, high-efficiency HVAC equipment.
  • Continuous exhaust/ventilation.
  • High-performance exterior wall assemblies.

“The cost savings and efficiencies are beneficial to all stakeholders involved in the project.”

Emilio Raimondo, President,
Raimondo + Associates Architects Inc.

Start designing sustainable buildings with expert help

Savings by Design gives your project team free access to industry experts, technical tools and financial incentives to help you build high-performance, resilient and sustainable buildings.

How the program works

Number one

Visioning session

Session duration: 1 – 2 hours
We’ll meet with your project lead, sustainability manager and a design team member to help define your project requirements and sustainability priorities.

Number three

Evaluation of final design choices

Share the final designs that are being submitted to the municipality for permitting with your Energy Solutions Advisor to find out if the final design is likely to achieve the IDP efficiency performance targets. This also helps support continuous improvement of the program.

Number two

Integrated design process workshop

No cost
Workshop duration: 1 day Your team will strategize with energy modellers and sustainable design experts to maximize your project’s energy and environmental performance at a full-day workshop facilitated by Sustainable Buildings Canada.

An energy model will be developed as well as a final report summarizing the options discussed and recommendations.

Apply today to get the most out of your next project

* This has no cash value. To qualify for the program, projects must be located in the Enbridge Gas service area. City of Toronto and City of Ottawa projects will target the achievement of higher energy performance. Participants must agree to all program terms and conditions, fully participate in all stages of the program and meet all program requirements.