We believe zero energy innovation to be the application of better ideas and solutions to meet or exceed existing and future social, economical and ecological needs of society and our planet. The pathway to Zero energy living and carbon free developments is accomplished through more effective and innovative proprietary and partner products, design and engineering processes and applied zero energy technologies.
Niche Developments is a leader in affordable and practical geothermal technologies. Western Canada has ample source of usable ground-heat to heat your home all winter, and cool enough ground to use as a source of air conditioning in the summer.
Niche uses solar energy for as much energy creation as possible. This includes hot water generation & power generation. Each project will be designed to suit site conditions and design constraints.
Concrete & Steel construction is the future of zero energy developments. Concrete & Steel combined with contemporary insulating techniques, advanced air/moisture barriers, and energy efficient window & doors creates the best building envelope possible.
Precast panels are only used within ranges of exterior and interior walls. Compressed in concrete and stone, creating a solid but maneuverable wall or face. As leaders in structural design, Niche Developments in partnership with our structural engineer develop proprietary structural systems utilizing readily available local components. Our buildings are designed for high quality concrete floor systems, which allow for low sound transmission, are non combustible and mold resistant.
Our ventilation is achieved with advanced mechanical HVAC systems working in combination with geothermal heat pumps, to ensure all residents have a constant source of fresh air, free of allergens and regulating temperature controlled suites.
Niche defines sustainability as a goal for human-ecosystem equilibrium and the endurance of systems and processes. We believe sustainable development refers to the holistic approach and temporal processes that lead us to the end point of sustainability, ethical development and ethical consumerism.
Our Building methods reflect that what we built should not rot, burn or mold. We design and construct the building as an assembly, not individual components. Our projects are a sum of their parts, designed to work integrally together but to be most efficient in design, construction and energy use. We understand wood frame buildings are cheaper to frame, but when all life time costs are added up, wood frame buildings are very expensive. We buy homes for a lifetime, and should look at lifetime costs, not short term cost and short term gain.
0ur Building ideology focuses on designing our projects to be useable, liveable spaces, that integrate with their surroundings, minimize pollution, waste and energy. We look at each component of each system to evaluate its potential to improve our current design.
We take as much care behind the drywall as we do in front of the drywall. We believe that any resident of a niche developments project will be proud of where they live. We develop projects to enable people to live in balance with their surroundings considering all aspects of the building construction, maintenance and energy consumption for the life cycle of the building. Our goal is to help generations of buyers grow their investment and keep their operating costs low. We believe that EVERYONE should be able to afford high quality low cost housing. We will never be the "Exclusive Luxury Builder of Choice", that is not our niche. We are the developer who believes in high quality affordable housing for everyone.
We actually stand by our quality and workmanship. We are proud of our buildings and we believe in leaving a high quality product that lasts more than a lifetime.
Niche has developed cost certainty in its projects due to our design and planning process. Our precast and prefab components help in reducing waste and energy, thus giving higher levels of cost certainty in our projects
Civilizations have been building with concrete and steel for generations. The Empire State building in New York in 1930, was built using structural steel, hot rivets and concrete poured in place floors. We build using similar ideas and framing techniques, with the latest technology. Steel and concrete constructions can last for centuries compared to wood frame buildings. Steel and concrete constructed buildings require minimal lifetime structural maintenance, and generally renovated repurposed several times over, with an unlimited life span in our lifetime.
Our construction methodologies do not encourage mold growth or allow mold growth to hurt or damage the structure. Several buildings have had massive mold repairs and building envelope repairs only a few years after construction. Niche does not construct buildings that could be damaged structurally by mold. Our buildings considered non-combustible construction by Building Code and Fire
Code, when built with a sprinkler system, the building will not burn during a fire, and can be repaired after. When less energy is consumed, consumers (home owners/tenants) save money. When living in a Niche building, you know you are helping to meet our global pollution reduction targets, and saving money at the same time. Lets find other ways to save our planet, save our money and live better.
Everyone wants a good investment. Good investments last a lifetime, cost little to operate and hold a long term value, that increases. Our projects redefine property investments: our long term operation costs, durability and sustainability add to investors bottom line.
All tenants and buyers receive the lowest possible insurance rates as our buildings are non-combustible. Tenant insurance and owner insurance costs less than compared to wood frame buildings.
We are an ethical development company, inspired by sustainability, durability and zero energy innovation. This is our niche.