August 9, 2021 | Toronto Star

Geothermal condo to rise in Mississauga’s city core

When it came to reducing the environmental impact of a new downtown Mississauga condo tower, David Scott and Tim Weber did some deep thinking. Six hundred feet deep, to be exact.

Scott, managing director of Edenshaw Developments, and his team pegged Diverso Energy and its CEO Weber to design a geothermal system for Alba, a 32-storey, 418-unit condominium building at 1 Fairview Rd. E. that will emit 80 per cent less carbon than a similar building heated by natural gas. Geothermal systems use heat drawn from the earth rather than natural gas to warm buildings in winter, and in summer expel heat from buildings back into the earth. The system will use loops of fluid-filled tubing installed into 117 holes drilled 600 feet into limestone shale beneath the site.

Alba will be included in Mississauga’s urban centre and part of a transit-rich neighbourhood — close to the Cooksville Mobility Hub and the Hurontario LRT. The immediate neighbourhood includes Square One Shopping Centre, Mississauga Celebration Square, the Living Arts Centre and a Sheridan College campus. Mississauga is Ontario’s third largest city, with its population expected to grow more than 30 per cent and nearing one million people by 2051. More than 100,000 people are expected to move to the city’s downtown in the next 20 years.

As well as making an architectural and interior design statement, Edenshaw also wanted to make a green statement in the rapidly developing area.

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