An EcoDistricts Target City

Zibi, formerly known as the Isles, is a brownfield site that represents 37-acres of industrial land located between the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau in Ontario. The unique location of this project and its ability to span both political and cultural boundaries make this riverfront property undeniably special.

The site was purchased with the vision of making it a world-class ecodistrict to stimulate innovation and creativity. As a mixed-used development estimated to create 500 new permanent jobs and maintain a 90 percent walkability score, this project is designed for hyper-local living, in which any resident can easily walk to their place of work, home of residence or enjoy leisurely activities at the nearby restaurants or green, open space. Twelve percent of the master planned area is dedicated to public space. Turning this industrial space into a vibrant and sustainable development will require stages of soil remediation designed to coincide with the various phases of development.

The Windmill Development Group has set ambitious sustainability targets for the projects. The Group is seeking to reduce construction waste by 20 percent. All buildings are designed to be net zero by 2020, including a net zero district utility system for the distribution of energy, heating and cooling needs.