Now House Opens Near Zero Energy Home

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WINDSOR, ON, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - Taking a significant step forward in energy-efficient and environmentally responsible housing, Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation and The Now House Project today opened the Now House Windsor 5. Five post-war bungalows have undergone deep energy retrofits to reduce energy bills, save carbon and create homes that are warm and environmentally healthy to live in. With the help of solar panels, two of the five houses are expected to have an annual energy cost of zero.

One of the five homes was open for viewing today and visitors were given the opportunity to see energy improvements from spray foam insulation on basement walls to a hydronic heating system that uses solar energy to produce heat and hot water for the home.

"We are committed to working with tenants and community partners to make our portfolio greener," said Jim Steele, CEO Windsor Essex CHC. "With the Now House Windsor 5 we are testing five different approaches and plan to use what we learn on future projects."

"Energy use in the residential sector has steadily increased over the past two decades," said Lorraine Gauthier, President, The Now House Project. "For the sake of the planet and future generations we have to stop that trend. The energy improvements we've made to these five houses shows that it can be done even on older houses."

The Now House Windsor 5 was carried out with the help of numerous Windsor trades and builders, local suppliers and manufacturers.

Open houses will be scheduled over the next several months with the next one on Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

About Now House(TM)

The Now House Project promotes energy efficient improvements in existing houses in Canada through near zero energy home retrofits, community outreach, demonstration projects and low carbon campaigns. Now House was the vision of Work Worth Doing, a design consultancy that works in collaboration with experts in many fields to create positive social and environmental change. The first Now House is located in a wartime housing community in Toronto. Now Houses have been completed for community housing organizations in Windsor, Toronto and Ottawa. www.nowhouseproject.com

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For further information: For further information: Lorraine Gauthier, Now House Project, (416) 534-6609, lorraine@nowhouseproject.com, mobile (416) 305-0433

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