Deputy Premier launches house to show builders and consumers how to make
homes more energy efficient
TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - The launch of one of Canada's greenest homes,
showcasing the best in conservation and sustainable technology, was part of an
Earth Day event held today by the Building Industry and Land Development
Association (BILD) and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). The house is
part of the sustainability education program of The Living City Campus(TM) at
Kortright in Vaughan.
The Hon. George Smitherman, Ontario's Deputy Premier and Minister of
Energy and Infrastructure, joined the launch to thank building suppliers and
builders who are helping all Ontarians understand that energy-efficiency
starts at home.
"Residential buildings consume about one third of Ontario's energy
supply," said Minister Smitherman. "Projects like the Archetype Sustainable
House play an important role in meeting the growing demand for energy
efficient homes and our collective goal of fostering a culture of
The two semi-detached units - one unit showcasing
environmentally-sensitive methods of building currently available and the
other showcasing the future of building green - will serve as an education
facility for trades and builders. More than 150,000 students and members of
the general public are also projected to visit the house annually. Energy and
water conservation technologies, as well as material sourcing and construction
processes will be addressed. Each home is rated under a variety of new home
labeling systems including EnergyStar, GreenHouse, LEED for Homes and R-2000
"We're choosing newer, innovative and experimental technologies to help
ensure a greener future," said Leith Moore, Chair of BILD. "This collaboration
will forge the future of sustainable, livable, and affordable communities in
the GTA and across Ontario. There are great gains to be made through a
short-term investment in sustainable housing, as well as government programs
for retrofit that GTA residents need to be educated about."
"This building couldn't have been completed without our partnership with
BILD, the hundreds of sponsors, and the thousands of volunteers who worked
hard to it bring to life; it's a true testament to the importance of working
together for a cleaner, healthier urban environment" said Brian Denney, Chief
Administrative Officer of TRCA. "The Archetype Sustainable House will not only
educate trades, builders, students, and the public about how easy and
cost-effective an investment in eco-efficiency can be, it will also inspire
GTA residents to live more sustainably."
"The truly unique feature, and the most significant benefit of this home,
lies not in the design or in the technology, but in the nature of the
partnership itself," said Larry Brydon of Toronto, LEED(R) AP with Reliance
Home Comfort, an active member of BILD and champion of the Sustainable House
project. "TRCA and BILD members are leading the way to educate the public on
how they can contribute to a more sustainable environment through an
environmentally-friendly house. We've recognized as an industry that we need
to build better, greener homes."
Builders and construction workers throughout the GTA are invited to visit
the house to learn about best practices in helping to build a "greener" GTA.
The Archetype house has pushed the boundaries of conventional construction,
demonstrating both the rewards and challenges of building "green."
About BILD: Established in 1921, the Building Industry and Land
Development Association serves more than 1,400 member companies engaged in
residential land development, home building, professional renovation and all
related supply, service and professional industry segments. More information
is at www.bildgta.ca.
About TRCA: With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region
Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural
environment. Our vision is for The Living City(R) - a cleaner, greener and
healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For
more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca
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For further information: OR TO ARRANGE INTERVIEWS, PLEASE CONTACT:
Cynthia Malagerio, Manager of Communications, BILD, (416) 391-3450 or (416)