Acquisition of SOLACE Energy strengthens Homeworks' leadership in residential energy efficiency and comfort



    VANCOUVER, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Vancouver-based residential energy efficiency
provider Homeworks Services has announced today it has acquired heating and
fireplace specialist Integrated Energy Systems Ltd. (doing business as SOLACE
Energy Home Heating & Fireplaces).
    SOLACE Energy services the Lower Mainland with 35 staff operating from
its showrooms in Burnaby and Port Moody. Celebrating their 30th anniversary
this year, SOLACE Energy delivers leading edge solutions for the custom new
home construction and renovation markets.
    SOLACE will operate as a subsidiary under the continued guidance of
Principal Doug Rempel and its employees will become partners in its UK-based
parent Eaga.
    "SOLACE is an excellent strategic fit for our growth plans given our
shared expertise in home energy efficiency, health and comfort and our
commitment to a great customer experience," stated Homeworks President and
CEO, Rob Dean.
    He added, "We welcome our new partners who share our core values and
commitment to our House-as-a-System approach, reducing the environmental
impact of our customer's homes and ultimately making Canadian homes better
places to live."
    "We see this move as the platform for SOLACE to expand our customer base
and our retail locations," commented SOLACE principal, Doug Rempel. "We are
also thrilled to be part of Eaga, a global leader in energy efficiency, and
that our 30 years of expertise will now benefit more customers."
    SOLACE areas of expertise include: high efficiency gas furnaces,
geothermal heat pumps, air management, fireplaces, barbeques, and air
conditioners sales and service.
    Their commitment to exceptional service, including two unique showrooms
has earned them a string of customers' choice awards. SOLACE, together with
Homeworks, also played a key role on the CBC reality television challenge Code
Green Canada (www.codegreen.tv).
    In 1983, owner Doug Rempel built and still lives in one of the first
Government "Certified R2000 Homes" in Canada. It incorporates a Geothermal
heating system which heats his Burnaby home for under $100.00 dollars per
year.
    Homeworks and SOLACE will build upon their Lower Mainland market
leadership given Canada's top priority has become the environment and the
recently announced ecoEnergy Federal grants of up to $5,000 for renovating
homes for energy efficiency.
    Homeworks celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year. Operating from
offices in Vancouver, Mississauga and Edmonton it has become an industry
leader in making Canadian homes better places to live.

    Homeworks upgrades windows, doors, heating, insulation and ventilation in
older homes in BC and Edmonton as well as providing Homeworks Financing for
home upgrades through merchants across Canada. Formerly Terasen Homeworks,
Homeworks is now an employee-owned company and part of the UK-based Eaga, with
more than 5 million home upgrades completed worldwide.

    For more information about Homeworks Services Inc. SOLACE Energy or Eaga
visit www.homeworks.ca and www.hwfin.ca, www.solaceenergy.com or
www.eagagroup.com.

    Notes to Editors:
    
    -  The Homeworks energy efficiency program was founded by BC Gas in 1997.
    -  Homeworks is proud to have reduced over 40,000 cumulative tonnes of
       greenhouse gas emissions from homes it has improved - the equivalent
       of saving 17 million litres of gasoline from being burned.
    -  Eaga, the UK's largest residential energy efficiency provider with a
       turnover of (pounds sterling)500 million, purchased the majority of
       Homeworks shares from Terasen in 2003.
    -  Homeworks employees became co-owners of UK parent company Eaga in 2006
       with 3000 co-owners currently across Canada, the UK, the Republic of
       Ireland and India.
    




For further information:

For further information: Reference: Bret Conkin, VP Marketing & Business
Services, Homeworks Services, Suite 330, 321 Water St., Vancouver, BC, V6B
1B8, Phone: (604) 697-5700, Fax: (604) 697-5701, bconkin@homeworks.ca

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