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Founders Corner rebuts

"Founders Corner flubs" (Reality Bites, Feb. 14) is written with many flubs! You mention at great length a subcontractor infraction with a municipal bylaw (hauling a truckload of demolition debris to a New Glasgow-approved disposal site versus a required HRM-approved disposal site), yet fail to mention this was a permit requirement between the subcontractor and HRM (the developer was not the signatory on this permit). While this was an unfortunate incident, it does not take away from the development's energy-saving features and description as being "Smart & Green." You note, regarding our "efficient heat and hot water system" that "while saving on heating bills...makes good business sense...the building doesn't strike me as...particularly cutting-edge on the eco front." Founders Corner's use of tankless boilers and in-floor radiant heat will save 36 and 25 percent respectively, over conventional hot water baseboard heating systems. Saving energy is the eco front! You mention waste heat recovery systems, solar panels, etc., as cutting-edge features that would have added to the "green"ing of our building---we agree, and our building does use some of these technologies (heat exchangers and heat pumps). Yes, there are new technologies that hold promise for even greater energy reductions. There is a wish list for many things involved with building layout and design: the trick is to focus on the primary attributes that can deliver the most impact, yet keep the building within reach of affordability. The fact that many of our buyers are engineers is recognition of this design achievement. We believe environmental progress is made by any and all positive steps toward more efficient energy use. Founders Corner Condominiums is the first project to use energy-efficient systems in an all-natural gas building, which will have projected energy cost savings over 70 percent, compared to other conventional developments in HRM. A paper like The Coast, which views itself as forward-thinking, should applaud a real estate development that makes strides in this area. I realize controversy makes good reading, but people deserve to hear about positive, progressive things happening in HRM.

By Terrance M. Brennan, president, Nova New England Group

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