The Avalon Group of Companies aspires to become a world leader in the planning, design and construction of green residential, commercial and institutional buildings, especially within the context of mixed-use comprehensive developments like ecovillage neighbourhoods. Our proprietary core Green Building Technology Systems (GBTS) are designed to work with our Ecological Landscape Utility Systems (ELUS) to achieve the highest environmental standards, energy performance and life cycle cost efficiencies. At the same time, our designs are intended to be aesthetically appealing, healthy, multifunctional and sensitive to community character and place. These criteria, among others, are included in our comprehensive SHIFT approach.

Avalon’s Green Design-Build Guild consists of an association of leading planning and design professionals, project managers and skilled tradespeople, with a consortium of affiliated green technology manufacturers and building material suppliers. Our guild is currently available to serve public and private sector clients in both a consulting and project management capacity. At the same time our team works to advance Avalon’s own projects, research, expositions and training programs. We are evolving architectural designs and green building systems for both local and global markets.

AVALON'S FOUR MAIN DESIGN-BUILD THEMES

Northern Synergy Series:
  This architectural theme is best suited for northern climate projects in a regulated urban context that requires green building certification for approval. Avalon aspires to integrate the best elements of North American green certification programs with advanced European building techniques. We are exploring the use of indoor manufacturing facilities for certain building module components (walls, doors and windows). This core module assembly and on-site finishing process reduces environmental impacts and achieves quality control, trades reliability and year-round production. We have been developing our own certification, and can create designs for clients that incorporate the green building features and energy technologies of LEED Platinum, Living Building Challenge, CMHC Equilibrium/ Net Zero Energy Housing and European Passive House Standard, ideally achieving cross-certifications if desired.

Global Millennium Series:  This theme responds to the United Nations Millennium Initiative to meet the global challenges of the 21st Century, particularly poverty eradication, social justice and sustainable development in the southern countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. More than a billion people now live in overcrowded urban slums, which lack basic services such as clean water, sanitation and security against violence and crime. Avalon can design affordable, safe and culturally appropriate housing that utilizes solar energy and ecological water and waste treatment technologies. Many appropriate technology solutions are naturally elegant, simple and effective.

Traditionale Series:  This theme is most applicable to the regeneration of urban heritage districts and First Nations communities, as well as towns and villages worldwide that have a very distinctive character and sense of place. Our building revitalizations and new development designs respect the cultural history, social needs, landscape and climate-adaptive intelligence of indigenous building traditions. We make use of natural materials and unique craftsmanship from the local region whenever possible. We can also combine aesthetic and functional design elements from traditional vernacular architecture with new building technology modules. Our ‘global eclectic’ and ‘classic heritage’ architectural styles offer authentic-looking exteriors and interiors with an energy-efficient building envelope.

Freedom 2013 Series: This theme builds on the latest advances in energy technologies and design principles based in quantum physics and ecological systems theory. Avalon aspires to go beyond reliance on petrochemicals and even renewable resources to practically realize the unlimited potential of the unified field or zero-point energy. At the heart of this revolutionary building series will be our Building Energy Harmonizer System (BEHS), which is another one of our proprietary core integrated systems. Our intention is to create extraordinary living environments expressing the harmonics of nature and wellness. This design series is still in the research development stages but we intend to bring this prototype to market by December 2013.

Avalon has been developing our own leading SHIFT certification standards and technology transfer licensing for our building and infrastructure innovations. We aspire to go beyond reducing impacts to designing built structures that actually restore the earth and our health (‘energy plus’ standard and ‘regenerative’ design). A software information system will ultimately help guide and manage the construction process and facilitate further refinement of the building styles and technologies. Building performance efficiencies can be verified through modeling analysis and scientific thermal testing. These building systems will be adapted and marketed to different climatic regions, cultures and economies, with a licensing agreement, educational software, certification process and consulting support.

AVALON ECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE UTILITY SYSTEM (ELUS)

One of the problems with so-called green building and land development projects is that the utility servicing infastructure is still conventional for the most part. Higher environmental and energy performance standards can only be achieved by considering the buildings, landscape and utilities (power, water, sewage, solid waste, communications) as an interactive whole. Avalon’s comprehensive SHIFT planning and design process integrates all these functions and employs the power of nature in ecologically engineered systems. No longer is it necessary to provide costly municipal servicing that degrades the environment through chemical sewage treatment, stormwater drainage pipes, overhead electrical lines and the like. Instead, we can design self-reliant development projects that generate their own energy, safely reclaim nutrients from sewage, transmit information wirelessly, recycle and compost wastes, revitalize water and grow food effieciently on a year-round basis.


Avalon's Ecological Landscape Utility System (ELUS) can be a central feature of green comprehensive developments. Our multifunctional, cost-effective facility and site design represents the complete integration of a sewage reclamation greenhouse with landscape irrigation, water revitalization technology, stormwater pond-wetland-swale feature, food production in biodome and community gardens, recycling and compost functions. A central solar backup power system with data centre and wireless community network
 enables water flow improvements, soil moisture monitoring and energy-efficient neighbourhood communications.

More specifically, our Ecological Landscape Utility System will demonstrate the following benefits:

  • Achieve bioremediation of contaminants in waterways, runoff, sewage and soil.
  • Utilize nutrients reclaimed from sewage and grey water to grow diverse horticultural products in greenhouse, tree nursery, garden landscape and pond-wetland, including aquatic plants and fish for backyard garden ponds.
  • Circulate reclaimed water back into site irrigation and buildings for purposes such as flushing toilets. 
  • Disinfect water without any toxic chemicals, by using UV light and/or ozone.
  • Revitalize and restructure water with vortex energizers, sound harmonics and electromagnetic technology.
  • Create recreational amenity for people and aesthetic landscape features like water falls and solar fountains, utilizing wind power, solar technology and slope differentials to move reclaimed water around the development site.
  • Manage stormwater on-site with wetland-pond retention, infiltration swales, permeable paving, drainage cells, rooftop gardens and rainwater harvesting.
  • Adapt wireless technology for soil moisture-activated drip irrigation, as well as efficient waste and storm water infrastructure monitoring.
  • Enhance wetland-pond-swale habitat for birds and other wildlife.
  • Increase local food security, using organic growing methods and solar biodomes to prevent any enviromental health impacts that conventionally separate industrial agriculture and residential land uses (new model of neighbourhood-compatible agriculture).
  • Promote employment opportunities, visitor attraction and environmental education, as well as generate operational revenues from horticultural products, visitor admission and ‘eco-lab’ programs.
  • If desired, integrate ecological utility functons with the centralized intelligence of a district renewable energy system.


Avalon currently has the team expertise to design and build this model landscape utility for our development clients, and the system components have sufficient precedents and approval history. Our ELUS design and operating systems are being systemized and marketed for global technology transfer with licensing agreement, certification, and educational consulting support. While this system is ideally designed for comprehensive planned developments and ecovillages, it can be effectively applied to brownfield retrofit development and environmental remediation sites as well. It can also be adapted to restore polluted waterways and improve public health, food security and biodiversity in urban slum areas. 

Please contact our office for more information on our exciting green development solutions.