Celebrating the future – major milestones at Blatchford.

Let’s talk about what makes Blatchford different.

A strong vision ✔️
Sustainability goals ✔️
A forward-thinking energy strategy✔️
A District Energy Sharing System ✔️

On September 20, Blatchford celebrated two major milestones that demonstrate how this community is doing things differently: the completion of the first Energy Centre for the District Energy Sharing System and the start of construction of the first sustainably-designed townhomes.

The Mayor, Councillor Esslinger and Blatchford’s first home builders were on hand to cut the ribbon at the first Energy Centre in the community. This building is a key component of the District Energy Sharing System, which uses a geoexchange field to harness the shallow geothermal energy below the earth’s surface to provide environmentally-friendly heating, cooling and hot water to buildings through a centralized energy system.

Mayor Iveson and Clr. Esslinger join Blatchford’s first home builders to cut the ribbon on the community’s first Energy Centre.

Mayor Iveson and Clr. Esslinger join Blatchford’s first home builders to cut the ribbon on the community’s first Energy Centre.

“In addition to holding the District Energy Sharing System’s mechanical equipment, we designed Energy Centre One to be a civic building that is a showpiece for sustainability and a prominent part of the neighbourhood,” said Christian Felske, Director – Renewable Energy Systems, Integrated Infrastructure Services.

Now that the community’s first Energy Centre is complete, Blatchford is ready to provide environmentally-friendly utility services to its first customers – the home builders. Mutti Homes has started construction on their contemporary townhomes and other Stage One builders, Carbon Busters, Ocheller by RedBrick and Encore Master Builder, are also gearing up to start construction.

Christian Felske, Director - Renewable Energy Systems Integrated Infrastructure Services, discussing the District Energy Sharing System inside Energy Centre One.

Christian Felske, Director – Renewable Energy Systems Integrated Infrastructure Services, discussing the District Energy Sharing System inside Energy Centre One.

“Not only can we achieve our greenhouse gas reduction goals through expert construction, and high efficiency and beautiful buildings, but with the right technology that’s available today, we can achieve a net zero community,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “We are showing that it can be done at a city within a city scale for 30,000 people here at Blatchford.”

Other exciting news is that Mutti Homes has announced the purchase of more land in Blatchford. Their next nine townhomes, Modern Farmhouse9, are now pre-selling.

Modern Farmhouse9 by Mutti Homes.

Modern Farmhouse9 by Mutti Homes.

Truly sustainable developments are ambitious and require commitment, partnerships, creativity and innovation. Achieving Blatchford’s vision will not only benefit future generations of residents but will also demonstrate Edmonton’s leadership in sustainable community design and will inspire others to follow in its path.

Interested in living in Blatchford or finding out more about this exciting city-building project? Visit BlatchfordEdmonton.ca.

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