Expectations are always high when you have a green commitment. The ambition of that commitment is to preserve and improve the natural environment. After that, you have to connect all the people involved: residents, visitors, city councillors, promoters, etc., so all the residential projects are well-integrated in this environment. This ambition, this willingness, is important for a great transmission to the future generations.
Brigil knows that a good leadership is crucial to stimulate awareness, education and partnerships, to create a harmonious integration between homes and nature.
Our region spoils us: we have the city and a superb nature nearby. Brigil is committed to maintain this quality of life.
In any community development, Brigil takes action to respect our environment, promote green spaces, watery ecosystem and natural infrastructures, to create an overall vision observing endangered species protection issues.
Brigil wishes to become a green role model by encouraging anyone to reduce their ecological impact and preserve the future generations.
In order to preserve the natural states of a large marsh, two watercourses and an island on which the municipality will create a four-acre park, BRIGIL has protected an area of about 20 acres, almost one third of the Symmes project. BRIGIL is fencing off the green spaces to prevent humans from entering, in addition to entering the riverbank buffer strips in the cadastre (land register) and transferring ownership to the city of Gatineau.
BRIGIL has modified its storm drains to ensure the survival of a stream in the Symmes project. In the Plateau du Parc project, BRIGIL is protecting the buffer strips to provide an uninterrupted connection with Gatineau Park, thereby allowing deer and other animals to circulate along the watercourses inside the residential projects.
BRIGIL has landscaped a wetland area inside the Domaine Lorrain project to extend the habitat of the striped chorus frog, a protected species that is present in a neighboring marsh.
BRIGIL has a policy of ‘minimum clearance’ of land it acquires for residential projects. Quality trees that do not impede the construction of houses are conserved, enhancing both the value of the project and the quality of life of residents.
BRIGIL amply exceeds municipal requirements to plant one tree of at least 50 cm on each plot. For single-family homes, BRIGIL plants one tree in front and two behind. For corner houses, three trees are added on the side. For semidetached or row houses, one tree is provided in front and another behind each unit, plus the additional trees for corner units.
In the Walters project (between Aylmer and McConnell), these trees must be oaks, and self-builders must adhere to BRIGIL standards. Brigil makes a major donation of $50,000 to the Boucher Forest Foundation.