Kamloops Team's "Green Dream Home" Comes Out On Top



    
    A Winner Of CMHC's EQuilibrium(TM) Sustainable Housing Demonstration
    Initiative
    

    KAMLOOPS, BC, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - A Kamloops builder and developer team made
up of the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) Central Interior Chapter,
and Thompson Rivers University, has been chosen to build one of three new CMHC
EQuilibrium(TM) Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative homes, the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
Canada (HRSDC) and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage Housing
Corporation (CMHC) announced today.
    In total, three builder and developer teams, including Kamloops' CHBA and
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) "Green Dream Home" team, have been chosen to
build eco-friendly homes as part of the second phase of CMHC's EQuilibrium(TM)
Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative - a national project leading to
the construction of the next generation of sustainable homes in British
Columbia and Atlantic Canada.
    "The Government of Canada is proud to work with the Kamloops' builder and
developer team to extend the EQuilibrium(TM) initiative to B.C.," said MP
Cathy McLeod, on behalf of Minister Finley. "As a champion of sustainable
housing, the Kamloops builder and developer team, and the other builder teams
participating in the EQuilibrium(TM) initiative, are putting their expertise
to work for the benefit of Canadians and providing a blueprint for the next
generation of sustainable housing in Canada."
    The "Green Dream Home" will be designed to have minimal environmental
impact, aim to produce as much energy as it uses on an annual basis, and be
built primarily by TRU students as part of their training program. Once
completed, the home will be open for public tours and then raffled-off to
raise funds for the local YMCA. When occupied, the home will be monitored for
performance for at least one year.
    "This was a natural next step for our Training House Committee to
pursue," said Doug Wittal, President of the CHBA Central Interior Chapter. "As
an Association, we have been actively demonstrating and promoting green
alternatives for housing for the past three years with our Built Green(TM) BC
program. This project takes Built Green(TM) to a higher level than achieved to
date."
    "We are extremely proud that Thompson Rivers University and our Trades
and Technology students are part of the team chosen to build the Green Dream
Home," said Dr. Kathleen Scherf, TRU President and Vice-Chancellor. "This
project encompasses elements that enable TRU to step forward as the university
of choice for environmental sustainability, career success and student
engagement."
    In addition to the "Green Dream Home", the other two winning projects
are:
    The Harmony House (Burnaby, B.C.): a project by Habitat Design +
Consulting and Insightful Healthy Homes Ltd.; and,
    The Moncton VISION Home (Moncton, N.B.): a project by AlternaHome
Solutions Inc. in partnership with Vision Land Development Ltd.

    The EQuilibrium(TM) housing vision brings together, under one roof, the
principles of occupant health and comfort, energy efficiency, renewable energy
production, resource conservation, reduced environmental impact and
affordability. CMHC originally launched the EQuilibrium(TM) initiative in May
2006 by inviting Canadian builders and developers to submit their visions for
EQuilibrium(TM) demonstration homes. Six projects have since been completed
and opened to the public for viewing. For more information on the
EQuilibrium(TM) initiative and projects, visit www.cmhc.ca.
    CMHC has worked closely with many stakeholders to develop and launch
EQuilibrium(TM). In particular, CMHC has collaborated closely with Natural
Resources Canada which has contributed substantial research and development
expertise and resources to advancing the initiative.

    As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of
experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally
sustainable, and affordable homes - homes that will continue to create vibrant
and healthy communities and cities across the country.


    
                                 BACKGROUNDER
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      CMHC EQUILIBRIUM(TM) SUSTAINABLE HOUSING DEMONSTRATION INITIATIVE
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    EQuilibrium(TM) is a national sustainable housing demonstration
initiative, created and led by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC),
which brings the private and public sectors together to develop eco-friendly
homes that address occupant health and comfort, energy efficiency and
renewable energy production, resource conservation, reduced environmental
impact and affordability. It offers builders and developers across the country
a powerful new approach to meet the growing demand for
environmentally-friendly housing and to establish a reputation for building
sustainable homes that will meet the needs of Canadians now and well into the
future.
    In May of 2006, CMHC invited Canada's builders and developers to submit
their ideas for EQuilibrium(TM) demonstration homes. A total of 72 builder-
and developer-led teams submitted proposals. An evaluation committee of
independent housing experts then selected 12 teams to build EQuilibrium(TM)
demonstration homes across Canada. The first request for proposals yielded
successful projects in the Prairie Region, Ontario and Quebec.
    Phase 2 extends the EQuilibrium(TM) Initiative across Canada, with three
builder and developer teams chosen from British Columbia and Atlantic Canada.
    As part of the initiative, all EQuilibrium(TM) homes are open for a
minimum six month demonstration period, and then monitored for performance for
a minimum time period of one year. To date, six EQuilibrium(TM) homes are
completed and available for public tours. The completed projects include the
Avalon Discovery 3 House, and the Laebon CHESS Project, both in Red Deer,
Alberta, and the Riverdale NetZero Project in Edmonton; the EcoTerra project
in Eastman Quebec; the Now House(TM) project located in Toronto, and
Inspiration- the Minto ecohome in Ottawa, Ontario.
    An EQuilibrium(TM) home is designed to be a highly energy-efficient, low
environmental impact house that provides healthy indoor living for its
occupants, and produces as much energy as it consumes on a yearly basis.

    
    The objectives of the EQuilibrium(TM) initiative are:

    -   To reduce the energy and resource intensity of the Canadian housing
        sector
    -   To ensure high quality, healthy housing that mitigates household
        energy costs
    -   To contribute to a clean environment and reduced greenhouse gas
        emissions
    -   To foster growth of the renewable energy and sustainable housing
        industries in Canada
    -   To develop Canada's next generation of value-added exports for
        competitive international markets
    

    CMHC has worked closely with many stakeholders to develop and launch
EQuilibrium(TM). In particular, CMHC has collaborated closely with Natural
Resources Canada which has contributed substantial research and development
expertise and resources to advancing the initiative. For more information on
the EQuilibrium(TM) Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative, visit
www.cmhc.ca and type search keyword: EQuilibrium.




For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Kristen Scheel, CMHC -
National Office, (613) 316-2949; Doug Wittal, President, CHBA - Central
Interior, (250) 682-0041

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