Wakefield Beach

One of Wakefield’s first projects was the award-winning 46-unit Wakefield Beach development which was designed by West Vancouver’s Helliwell + Smith Blue Sky Architecture. Built on seven acres of magnificent waterfront, it was the largest housing development the Sunshine Coast had seen. Taking the natural beauty of the land into consideration, Wakefield incorporated environmentally responsible practices and the latest green-built technologies into the project. Its innovative design and beautiful use of wood put this multi unit residential project in a league of its own.

In line with Wakefield’s DEEP GREEN™ building practices, the build team reduced the presence of toxic building materials on site and reused excavated rock and soil to eliminate the need to haul away waste. The team specified local, natural materials, such as Douglas fir, for the homes and sourced materials from area mills to reduce energy expended on transporting supplies over long distances.

They also ensured that 80 percent of the site was “soft,” permitting water from roofs (and common household chores) to drain slowly into the soil, instead of coursing into the natural habitat and contributing to coastal erosion. The homes are heated and cooled with geothermal power, and landscaped with natural, indigenous plants requiring little or no irrigation. They’re also equipped with ultra-efficient appliances and are brightened outside by solar-power street lighting.

The project features wood for all framing and roof structures, with its signature curving vaulted green roofs formed by fir posts, beams and decking.

Wakefield Beach was designated the largest green roof project in North America and received a CHBA BC Georgie Award for Best Environmental Consideration & Energy Efficiency as well as the 2008 Coastal Living Awards Community Development of the Year.
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