Minister Finley congratulates winners of second wave of CMHC'S Equilibrium(TM) Sustainable Housing Demonstration initiative



    MONCTON, NB, VANCOUVER, BC and KAMLOOPS, BC, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
Canada and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
(CMHC) today announced the three winning builder and developer teams of the
second phase of CMHC's EQuilibrium(TM) Sustainable Housing Demonstration
Initiative. These builder and developer teams were chosen to build
eco-friendly homes as part of the second phase of this innovative national
project leading to the construction of the next generation of sustainable
homes in B.C. and Atlantic Canada.
    "The Government of Canada is proud to work with these forward-looking
builder and developer teams to extend the EQuilibrium(TM) initiative to
British Columbia and Atlantic Canada," said Minister Finley. "As champions of
sustainable housing, they 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 winning projects include:

    The Green Dream Home (Kamloops, B.C.): a partnership between the Canadian
    Home Builders' Association (CHBA) Central Interior Chapter and Thompson
    Rivers University (TRU);

    The Harmony House (Burnaby, B.C.): a project by Habitat Design +
    Consulting Ltd. 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 Inc.
    

    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: Julie Girard, CMHC Media Relations, (613)
748-4684; Michelle Bakos, Office of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, (819) 994-2482


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