Dockside Green Energy
Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA

A 15-acre master-planned LEED Platinum, sustainable community in Victoria’s Upper Harbour.


The Project

As part of re-envisioning a previously under-utilized 15-acre site on the shores of Victoria’s Upper Harbour, the Dockside Green master development is designed to function as a largely self-sufficient, sustainable community where waste from one area provides fuel or inputs for another.

The Opportunity 

Deliver reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible utility services to the Dockside Green community. Corix has been a key partner in delivering sustainable utility services to residents of Dockside Green since assuming an ownership stake and full operational responsibilities of the district energy system in 2008. In 2018, Corix became the sole owner of Dockside Green Energy following approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission.

The Solution

Many elements of the original environmentally forward concept were successfully implemented, including LEED Platinum buildings, on-site stormwater storage, design features to encourage re-use of water and energy, and a wastewater treatment plant using recovered waste heat from sewage and greywater. Yet the vision for a biomass-based renewable energy centre was met with various technological challenges and lower-than-expected energy profiles due to development delays.  As the Dockside Green community continues to grow, Corix will provide the necessary investment to integrate a low-carbon energy solution to ensure the long-term viability of energy service for decades to come while continuing to build upon the legacy of this transformational community. Future low-carbon energy sources are currently under evaluation in order to identify suitable technologies to decarbonize the district energy system in the near future. 

The Energy System

The Dockside Green district energy system currently has a capacity of 2.4 MWt and provides space heating and domestic hot water services to 354,000 square feet of connected floor space. In 2021, Corix replaced a large, non-condensing natural gas-fired boiler with three smaller, more efficient, condensing boilers that are housed in the Energy Centre. As the development grows and energy demand increases, the system will transition to a low-carbon energy source, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring reliable, resilient service for decades to come.




Floor Area Served

1.3 million sq. ft. of connected floor space (at build-out)

System Overview

  • 2.4 MWt heat and hot water DES

Type of Partnership

Corix Ownership (Design, Build, Finance, Own, Operate and Maintain)

Source of Energy

Natural gas (current); Future low-carbon sources are under evaluation


  • Canadian Builder of the Year (Dockside Green Partnership) (2010) – Canadian Home Builders Association
  • Innovation in Sustainable Building Design (2007) – BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award Winner
  • Best Overall Project (2005) – Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award
  • Innovation in Site Planning and Design (2005) – Planning Institute of BC

Our Commitment to Reconciliation

Corix acknowledges that the Dockside Green Energy utility lies on the unceded Traditional Territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation.

Learn more about our Canadian Indigenous Relations.