Lofty goals

Lofty goals

Times Group recognized as a green leader by practising what it preaches

Every successful movement needs a leader and Times Group fits that bill with environmental stewardship across the Greater Toronto Area.

From smart site planning, to energy conservation, to waste reduction, to water savings, Times Group has maintained a record of excellence across the GTA’s real estate development spectrum.
A premier name in the industry for over 25 years, Times Group was has been honoured with the BILD Award for Green Builder of the Year (High-Rise), a true testament to its green building philosophy.
A firm commitment to the environment and green living is at the heart of every project Times Group undertakes. An example: As an early adopter of York Region’s Sustainable Development Through LEED Program, all Times Group projects there have noticeable environmental benefits.

On winning the BILD award in 2013, it should be noted that it was the company’s first-ever entry. The Times Group was recognized for outstanding leadership in the implementation of green building practices and adoption of sustainable building techniques, from site planning to design, construction and occupancy.

Since the turn of the 21st century, already with a firm footing in the arenas of commercial development and home building, Times Group focused its considerable skills, resources and strengths on high-rise residential condominium development. Again, the company’s core family values of quality, trust and tradition propelled Times Group into completing one successful condo project after another.

By 2015, Times Group was leading the developing industry with over 20 exquisitely designed residential condo residences in the Toronto downtown core, North York, Richmond Hill, Markham and Etobicoke. With a firm commitment to sustainable development, in fact, Times Group pioneered the first and second LEED-certified residential condominiums in York Region, a crowning testament to the company’s dedication to both the environment and the community.

Times Group’s foray into sustainable buildings started with Majestic Court, a 532-suite condo innMarkham. This building achieved LEED Gold in 2011, becoming Ontario’s first LEED-certified, privately developed multi-unit residential high-rise outside of Toronto. With the success, the sustainable strategies employed on Majestic Court have been carried onto all subsequent projects, including Eden Park Phase I and II, and Markham Uptown’s River Park and River Walk.

Majestic Court turned into a real source of pride. The location offers residents numerous transit options, right at their footsteps, including York Region Transit/VIVA routes and GO Train service at the nearby Unionville Go Station. For cyclists, the building is equipped with over 100 visitor and resident bicycle parking spaces (located by building entrances and within designated racks and rooms in the underground parking levels). There are also many nearby parks, parkettes and bike paths to explore. Finally, Majestic Court is walking distance from many exciting shops and restaurants. For music lovers, the Flato Markham theatre is directly across Highway #7.

As a leader in sustainable development and construction, Times Group encourages all its residents to take advantage of every option when choosing a mode of transit, and that means being able to get around without relying on the conventional automobile. In their communities, mobility has never been easier and new transit services and options are made available every year.

Moreover, In 2014, Times Group introduced a new initiative at Uptown Markham designed to promote healthier and more active lifestyles in the community, all the while reducing the time residents spent in their cars. In partnership with the City of Markham and sees Times Group promotes transit, commuting, cycling and other active lifestyle information on its corporate website.

And in its BILD submission for 2015, Times Group can again be seen highlighting its sustainable approach, drawing attention to its commitment to parks – unlike other developers, Times Group often builds its own municipal and private parkland – as well as creating opportunities for active transportation, and promotion of transit integration into its projects.

Shadi Aghaei, Vice-President of Times Group Corporation, says the company has even adopted a new integrated design process (IDP) for a more holistic approach to high-performance building design and construction.

This IDP relies upon every expert member of a project team sharing a vision of sustainability, and working collaboratively to implement sustainability goals. This process enables the team to optimize systems, reduce operating and maintenance costs and minimize the need for incremental capital. IDP has also been shown to produce more significant results than investing in capital equipment upgrades at later stages.

“We also have a carefully thought-out and designed metering system to ensure that our customers benefit from the most cost-effective utility billing systems,” Aghaei explains. “And we continue to offer our customers some of the lowest condo fees.”

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Times Group is a premier name in the industry with 25 years of business and a record of excellence across the real estate development spectrum of the Greater Toronto Area. Inspired by core family values, Times Group has become a leading player in the land acquisition, planning, design, development and construction of premium-quality commercial and residential properties. With a focus on exceptional quality and enduring value, Times Group is actively engaged in the development of high-rise condominium projects, distinctive homes and condominium townhouses in the GTA.



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