What’s in a name?

Avant garde means groundbreaking, innovative, leading the way, experimental, modern, pushing the boundaries.

In other words, it describes this new building perfectly.

From our LEED Certification to our spectacular water feature to our unusually accommodating parking lot to our exceptionally roomy condos, this building leads the way in modern, spacious downtown living.

Avant. That pretty much sums it up.

Sustainable Design Elements at The Avant

The Avant is built with sustainability and the future of our planet in mind.  

Sustainability initiatives include obtaining the highest certification possible from the U.S. Green Building Council’s prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. 

LEED provides a framework that project teams can apply in order to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of comprehensive sustainability achievement.

Each luxury apartment in The Avant will be furnished with the high-end finishes, contemporary and efficient appliances, and home automation systems for comfort and security. These systems will enhance the overall living experience and will be unobtrusive. We want nothing to detract from the look or spaciousness of each apartment. 

Project performance and sustainability goals

The Avant is targeting LEED-NC v4 Platinum certification.

Performance goals: 

This project has a special focus on providing occupants with a superior indoor environment.

  • Conditions important to occupant comfort are: fresh air, ventilation controls, lighting controls
  • Daylight, open spaces and the latest conveniences are strong considerations 
  • The team will make all possible efforts to reduce the use of chemicals harmful to users and residents. Each unit will have a dedicated outside air system. 
  • The design will reduce the carbon footprint of the construction and operation activities, and will identify energy-efficient lighting, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. 
  • We will investigate high-performance envelope and thermal insulation, and ensure that there is no air leakage throughout the life of the building. We will investigate incorporating double skin for energy efficiency.
  • Provide a cost-benefit analysis for a minimum of two HVAC system alternatives.
  • Incorporate building-integrated photovoltaics
  • A green roof will be installed on a portion of the terrace/roof to enhance the accessible open space. 
  • Establish a reprogrammable building management system for lighting controls. 
  • Include daylight harvesting design features, such as clerestories and light shelves, to maximize the reach of daylight into deeper areas of the floor plates. Include daylight and occupancy sensors, timer switches with manual overrides will be considered.
  • Provide individual control of lighting to reduce energy consumption. 
  • Segregate living quarters from building spaces that generate pollutants such as garages and cleaning supply closets.
  • Reduce 20% over baseline: potable water used for non-potable purposes like cleaning, landscape irrigation, flushing etc. 
  • No potable water used for landscape irrigation. Ideally there will be a greywater system for non-potable plumbing fixtures and rainwater collection for irrigation and to supplement the greywater system.