Adera: A Pioneer in Development Innovation

This family-owned developer grew from a small operation in 1969 to the leading industry trailblazer it is today

Published on March 20, 2017

Family-owned Adera is one of the province’s most respected multi-disciplinary real estate companies, with nearly five decades of experience. Growing from a small operation in 1969, it has firmly established itself as a leader in innovation; a company that prides itself on its commitment to superior quality, the environment, the communities it serves, its employees, clientele and embracing the West Coast lifestyle.

Adera’s culture is one that continuously pushes the boundaries of innovation while exceeding building code standards. Over the years, Adera has amassed a world-class portfolio that includes the development of more than 10,000 homes, and more than 3.5 million square feet of commercial space.

Adera introduced its trademark Quiet Home™ construction technology in 2013, which has been certified as equal to or better than concrete built to code. “When touring the display homes, people can’t hear construction occuring only a few floors above,” says Eric Andreasen, VP of sales and marketing. “Sound transference between floor and party walls – both airborne and impact – are significantly decreased so home owners can enjoy the comfort of their new home in peace and quiet.”

With its North Shore condos – The Shore – Adera debuted the acoustically high performing wood-frame building technology in Western Canada. The award-winning developer’s six-storey, low-rise building showcased a superior acoustic specification, which significantly reduced sound transmission between private residences.

In another first, says Andreasen, Adera is now using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) at its UBC project, Virtuoso. CLT is a mass timber product created from engineered wood panels with wood from sustainability harvested forests. Each CLT panel is typically three to seven boards thick, laminated at high pressure to create a strong luxury building material.

“Imagine a slab of wood replacing a slab of concrete for the floor. Mass timber performs as well as, if not better, than concrete in most circumstances. It is lighter, easier to work with and more sustainable. We feel it’s the way of the future,” he adds.

Modern Vancouver Townhomes at Virtuoso by Adera

Another example of Adera’s commitment to the environment is its multiple-award-winning Seven35 – a collection of 60 urban stacked townhomes in North Vancouver. Seven35 was the first multi-family LEED for Homes Platinum project in the country, and was Built Green Gold for several sustainable features, such as its Waste Water Heat Recovery system and low VOC emission carpets.

“Sustainability is baked into our DNA,” says Andreasen. “It’s important from a triple bottom line; lower monthly costs for our customers, personal satisfaction for us and it’s the socially responsible thing to do for the planet.”