There are two main ways infill supports environmental sustainability: transportation and building features.
Infill can increase resident’s opportunities to use transit, walk, or cycle to their destinations.
Because mature communities are often much closer to popular commercial destinations and transit hubs, increasing infill in these communities provide more residents with the opportunity to take environmentally friendly methods of transportation.
This cuts down on emissions within our city while also easing the requirements for roads and car-centric infrastructure costs.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) also has a big part to play in this.
The Residential Infill Guidelines established by The City in 2009 encourage developers to create buildings that are adaptable to reuse.
Since a huge part of the energy cost of homes gets tied up in the creation of materials, buildings that enable and encourage their reuse could save us a lot.
Secondly, the guidelines encourage green building features in medium and large-scale infill projects (things like apartments and long lines of row housing).
Building new green features into our existing communities will help make our city environmentally sustainable.