LAVAL, QC, Feb. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - Angelo Iacono, Member of Parliament for Alfred-Pellan, delivered remarks today on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, to celebrate the opening of the first six unit net-zero energy residential building constructed in Quebec. MP Iacono was joined by representatives from Owens Corning Canada and Construction Voyer for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Laval, Quebec.
This building comprises six condominiums and represents Canada's largest net-zero low-rise residential demonstration project. Net-zero energy homes are designed to produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis through the use of innovative technologies and renewable energy sources. Benefits of these homes include reduced energy costs and reduced emission of pollutants, thus contributing to the fight against climate change.
Through Natural Resources Canada's ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, the Government of Canada contributed $1.96 million toward the Integrating Renewables and Conservation Measures in a Net-Zero Energy Low-Rise Residential Subdivision project. This project supported the creation of five net-zero energy housing communities across the country.
- A number of features allow net-zero energy buildings to achieve significant reductions in energy consumption to meet the net-zero standard. These features include sophisticated heating and cooling equipment, solar photovoltaic panels on the roof and an innovative exterior insulation CodeBord® Air Barrier System.
- Natural Resources Canada has been involved in low-energy and net-zero housing research for more than a decade, working with industry on energy technologies to provide housing solutions that reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, Natural Resources Canada has financially supported the construction of five net-zero energy housing communities across the country since 2013.
- The Government of Canada is committed to investing $200 million more each year to support innovation and the use of clean technologies in our natural resources, including the forest, fisheries, mining, energy and agricultural sectors.
"Congratulations to both Owens Corning Canada and Construction Voyer on this project. Our government proudly shares your vision for home construction: reducing our environmental footprint by promoting clean technology and encouraging energy efficiency."
Member of Parliament for Alfred-Pellan
"Projects like net-zero homes will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create the jobs needed to support an expanding clean energy economy in Canada. The technologies showcased in these homes are a testament to Canadian innovation and ingenuity."
Minister of Natural Resources
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