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Solve the housing crisis, save the planet.

Alright, the subject line of this newsletter might sound a little ambitious—but it’s not that far from the truth. 

For the last several weeks, we’ve been talking about the benefits of co-living for cities, building owners, and of course, residents:

On top of all that, co-living is great for the planet. Co-living in repurposed office space is even better.

As the saying goes, “waste not, want not”

Living in a more densely populated, central residence promotes sustainability at home and in the community. In a co-living apartment, water and electricity consumption goes down as residents share access to bathrooms, kitchens, appliances, and more. And with fully-furnished, turnkey apartments, we quickly reduce the extra furniture, pots and pans, cutlery, decor, and other household items that are often acquired and disposed of every time we change homes. 

When a co-living resident steps outside, they’re met with the sustainable transport options that living downtown offers—taking a train or bus, renting from a bicycle sharing service, or simply walking!

Working towards a net-zero city

Late last year, Arup, a global sustainable development consultancy, released Office to Residential Conversions: The Carbon Story. Using New York City as their research subject, the group looked into how office-to-residential conversions could reduce the city’s carbon footprint. The less concrete we pour, the better.

“The report found that if about 220 office buildings were converted to housing, they could produce 54 percent less carbon emissions by 2050. That would be a decrease of up to 11 million tons of carbon dioxide.”

Source: New York Times

We take it one step further at Toboggan Flats. A rapid conversion, or what we call repurposing office space for co-living use.

Repurposing empty office buildings is not a “full conversion”. It gives us an opportunity to reuse the existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing assets to reduce construction waste. At the same time, we make sustainability-minded system upgrades on a building-by-building basis.