PTG Studios “Great Taste” show to feature Windmill Development Group
--Sustaining ecosystems, building “green” housing --
March 12, 2007, Deerfield Beach, FL – PTG Studios is pleased to announce the selection of Windmill Development Group for its innovative, educational television series, Great Taste. The company will be featured in a segment on Sustainable Development as part of the “Greening America Series.” The show will air on cable networks in both the U.S. and Canada.
Improvements in land use, water, air, energy, design, waste management, and smart building technologies have changed methods of development and building design. Based on the notion that developers have the responsibility to be positive engineers of change, Windmill Development Group, based in Ontario, Canada, is seeking to revolutionize the current development paradigm. Their method is based on a triple bottom line approach: They pay attention to ecological, social, and financial goals.
Windmill is currently working in partnership with VanCity to develop Dockside Green, located in the heart of the city of Victoria, between the Johnson and Bay Street Bridges. Planned to be a total of 1.3 million square feet comprised of residential, office, retail, and industrial space, Dockside Green is the biggest development of city land in Victoria's history. It is also targeted to be North America’s first LEED Platinum community and is designed to be GHG neutral with the potential of being GHG negative, while treating all its sewage on site and using treated water to flush toilets and for irrigation needs. The first phase of the new development has received strong market support, selling out 85% of the units on the first official day of sales.
Green building increases the efficiency with which buildings use energy, water, and materials. These are the premises upon which the Windmill Development Group is based. All their developments are designed to protect and enhance the local community and its ecosystems. Windmill has LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professionals on their team to help realize LEED certification goals. Windmill’s founding partners are the Westeinde Group, Quantum Environmental Group and Build green Developments.
Another of Windmill Developments latest projects is The Acqua & Vento, a target LEED Gold green building that offers 22 luxury spaces ranging from one-bedroom suites to two-bedroom town homes. Located in the Bridges section of Calgary, this space is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the nearby picnic areas and walkways. Units range from the mid-$200,000s to $330,000, and it is completely sold out.
The new home of the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) in downtown Ottawa will also be the ground floor to The Currents, an environmentally friendly building targeting LEED Gold featuring 43 luxury condominiums. The Ottawa skyline, Ottawa River, and Gatineau Hills are all visible from homes at The Currents.
“(What we do) provides people with positive and achievable examples of how development can, and should, be happening,” said Jonathan Westeinde, Managing Partner of Windmill Developments. “We also are deeply committed to building the green development movement. Windmill team members spend a great deal of time hosting training seminars and workshops, being active on various boards and committees, and actively contributing to their local communities. Windmill aims to have all of our projects be positive reflections of the needs, ethic, and nature of the communities in which they are located. We are leaving a green legacy for future generations.”
For more information, see www.windmilldevelopments.com