Students and local builder recognized for their commitment to Healthy Housing(TM)



    CARLETON PLACE, ON, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC) today recognized 14 students and home builder Halliday
Homes for their knowledge of Healthy Housing(TM) principles. The students
worked with Halliday Homes to build an energy-efficient EnviroHome in Carleton
Place.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to working with the private sector
to promote healthy, sustainable, affordable housing," said Dean Del Mastro,
Member of Parliament for Peterborough, on behalf of the Honourable Monte
Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and Minister
responsible for CMHC. "I am pleased to congratulate students from Carleton
Place and Almonte high schools, as well as Halliday Homes for their hard work,
leadership and dedication to building healthier housing."
    Mike Holmes, host of the popular renovation program "Holmes on Homes(TM)"
on Home and Garden Television Canada (HGTV), was on site to congratulate the
students.
    "I hope that you will take the knowledge that you have learned here and
apply it to a bright future in the skilled trades," Mr. Holmes told the
students. "CMHC should also be recognized for taking the lead in encouraging
healthy, sustainable home construction and renovation. In my work, I have
turned to CMHC countless times for objective, reliable housing information."
    CMHC Healthy Housing(TM) Recognition honours builders and others who put
their knowledge of CMHC's five Healthy Housing(TM) principles into practice.
These five principles include: occupant health, energy efficiency, resource
efficiency, environmental responsibility, and affordability.
    "Halliday Homes is a strong supporter of Healthy Housing(TM), and is
extremely proud of the work that these students have done to make this home a
reality," said Mike James, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Halliday
Homes. "The knowledge that these students have gained in building a healthier
house goes far beyond what can be taught in a classroom, and will serve them
well in their careers."
    The home, which is located at 431 Dufferin Street in Carleton Place, is
an EnviroHome, one of only 10 homes in Canada to earn this designation this
year from the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA). EnviroHomes are
designed and constructed to have a reduced impact on the environment.
    "This EnviroHome is a demonstration of the cooperation between our
industry and the training and education sector that is so important to
bringing skilled trades people into the construction industry." said CHBA
President Richard Lind.
    The EnviroHome Initiative was established in 1994 by CHBA and TD Canada
Trust to recognize and support innovative new home builders who are committed
to offering homes that are better for the consumer, the community and the
environment.
    As Canada's national housing agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC) draws on over 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.




For further information:

For further information: visit www.cmhc.ca or call 1-800-668-2642;
Lesley Harmer, Director of Communications Office of the Honourable Monte
Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, (819) 994-2482;
Kristen Scheel, CMHC Media Relations, (613) 748-4632


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