The lowest condo fees in town. Here's how it's done...and why

April 7, 2016
Catheryn Hodgson


You may be diligent about your energy consumption but if your neighbour likes to keep the windows open in winter, yet crank the heat, you end up paying the price…literally. At least, that’s the case for a typical building. Q is definitely not typical.

Condo fees can be the ‘big unknown’ for many who are planning to purchase, especially when a building is new. Purchasers worry that there is no year-over-year data to give an indication of how many more loonies might to be required down the road. After all, nobody wants a special assessment. And nobody wants sky-high condo fees either.

So, what do you do about it?Lowest condo fees keep electricity green

You scour the world and bring the best of the best together into one building. By combining these state-of-the-art technologies and materials, you end up with extraordinary energy efficiency. And that means operating costs are reduced…and you benefit with lower condo fees.

Two of the biggest culprits contributing to high condo fees are heating waste and common area electricity waste. Here are a few items at Q Lofts which practically eliminate this issue:

» ICF (Insulating Concrete Form) means exterior walls a foot thick which give over-the-top insulation – you’ll be comfortable all year round

» Kohltech windows and doors – every single one is triple glazed with low E glass and filled with Argon gas – this means you’ve got high resistance to heat loss (winter) or heat gain (summer) on items that aren’t usually known for being well insulated

» Thermal breaks = no cold spots near the doors to your balcony because the concrete floor doesn’t extend outside so you don’t experience the extensive heat loss you find in other buildings. The decks at Q are fastened to the structure specifically to prevent thermal bridging.

» The most efficient heat pumps and ventilation fans on the market. Period. These items provide output at a fraction of the normal electricity used.

» European ERVs (Energy Recover Ventilators) that pull energy from stale exhaust air and scientifically/magically transfer it to the incoming fresh air – and you need this when you have a building envelope that’s as airtight and waterproof as Q’s is.

» LED lights and motion sensors in the common areas – seemingly little items which have a profound impact on the electrical bill for the common areas

Bottom line: Q Lofts uses less than 50% of the energy consumed by other buildings constructed to Canada’s  Model National Energy Code. Not only have we created a building with a minimal, long-term environmental impact, our purchasers end up with more money in their pockets via the lowest condo fees in town.

If you’d like to see the detailed schematic, please click here. And if you’d like to find out more about how Q Lofts includes heat, hot water and cold water and still has such low fees, feel free to contact us.


Catheryn Hodgson

Catheryn Hodgson

Catheryn is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Polycorp. When she’s not helping people choose the Q Loft which suits them best, she’s exploring Halifax, the province, many restaurants, and even more home stores.