Moncton VISION EQuilibrium(TM) Demonstration Home Starts Construction in Moncton, New Brunswick



    MONCTON, NB, June 25 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada marked the start of
construction of the Moncton VISION demonstration home, an energy-efficient and
environmentally-friendly home to be built in Moncton, New Brunswick. The home
will be constructed by AlternaHome Solutions Inc. in partnership with VISION
Land Development Ltd., as part of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's
(CMHC's) EQuilibrium(TM) Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative, which
encourages builders and developers to build the next generation of sustainable
housing in Canada.
    Rob Moore, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
Canada and Minister Responsible for CMHC, was joined today by Paul Arsenault
of AlternaHome Solutions Inc., and Ken McPhee of VISION Land Development Ltd.,
along with sponsors and supporters, in the groundbreaking of the first
demonstration home of its kind in Atlantic Canada.
    "The Government of Canada is pleased to work with the private sector to
develop such innovative homes. We congratulate AlternaHome Solutions Inc. on
its winning design/concept and its commitment to environmental
responsibility," said MP Moore. "The Moncton VISION Home gives people in this
region an opportunity to see first-hand how we can create beautiful, healthy
homes, conserve energy and resources, and reduce pollutant emissions."
    EQuilibrium(TM) housing integrates a wide range of innovative
technologies and practices to reduce a home's environmental impact to a
minimum. The Moncton VISION Home will integrate optimal solar orientation,
energy efficiency and renewable energy systems into its design and
construction to reduce energy use. Additional Moncton VISION Home features
include extensive natural lighting, an energy management system, natural and
mechanical ventilation, and the use of natural materials with low levels of
pollutants. Rainwater will be captured to reduce water use.
    "We are very pleased to work with CMHC. They, together with each and
every member of the Moncton VISION Home team, have been working tirelessly to
ensure the success of this project. The Moncton VISION Home has the potential
to help people discover new ways of doing things, which in the long run, will
help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and consequently reduce our
negative impact on the environment. The Moncton VISION Home will lead, teach
and inspire people to take charge of their own energy," said Mr. Arsenault.
    The Moncton VISION Home is one of 15 projects that won CMHC's national
EQuilibrium(TM) sustainable housing competitions since the initiative was
launched in 2006. All EQuilibrium(TM) projects will be open to both the
general public and professional audiences for tours, and then monitored for
performance by CMHC for one year, once occupied.
    CMHC's EQuilibrium(TM) Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative
provides a new approach to housing in Canada, representing a fundamental
change in the way Canadians think about their homes. It strives to balance our
housing needs with those of the environment. It brings together-under one
roof-the principles of occupant health and comfort, energy efficiency,
renewable energy production, resource and water conservation, and reduced
environmental impact.
    CMHC has worked closely with many stakeholders to develop and deploy
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,
healthy communities and cities across the country.
    For more information, call 1-800-668-2642 or visit CMHC's website at
www.cmhc.ca.

    For broadcast: Today marked the start of construction for the Moncton
VISION demonstration home, an energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly
home to be built in Moncton, New Brunswick by AlternaHome Solutions Inc. This
is part of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's EQuilibrium(TM)
Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative, which encourages builders and
developers to build the next generation of sustainable housing in Canada. All
EQuilibrium(TM) projects will be open to both the general public and
professional audiences for tours, and then monitored for performance by CMHC
for one year, once occupied.




For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Michelle Bakos, Press
Secretary, Office of the Honourable Diane Finley, (819) 994-2482; Patricia
Montreuil, Communications and Marketing Consultant, Atlantic Region, Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (506) 851-2229, Cell: (506) 866-8047


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