Alouette Homes Breaks Ground on their EQuilibrium Demonstration House in Eastman, Quebec

    EASTMAN, QC, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Monte Solberg,
Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and Minister responsible
for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced the ground
breaking of an EQuilibrium demonstration home today.
    The Alouette Homes project will be built in Eastman, as part of CMHC's
EQuilibrium sustainable housing initiative.
    "Canada's New Government is proud to partner with the private sector to
develop energy-efficient homes and congratulates the Alouette Homes
EQuilibrium project team on the start of their construction," said Minister
Solberg. "EQuilibrium aims to reduce the impact of housing on the environment
by conserving energy and other resources, and reducing pollutant emissions.
These houses will be healthy to live in, will be designed to produce as much
energy as they consume on an annual basis, and will be a blueprint for the
next generation of sustainable housing in Canada."
    The Alouette Homes EQuilibrium house will be based on the fundamental
principles of Healthy Housing(TM). The Alouette Homes design incorporates
renewable energy technologies that are already available on the market and new
energy-efficient construction technologies. A whole-house heat recovery
ventilation system will be installed to enhance air quality. Space heating
will be provided through an energy-efficient combination of a geothermal heat
pump, passive solar design and a photovoltaic array.
    "At Alouette Homes, we are consolidating our position as a builder that
will take a lead role in promoting housing that is healthy, affordable,
sustainable and energy-efficient, in Quebec and across Canada," said Bradley
Berneche, President of Alouette Homes.
    "Since 1971, Alouette Homes has been making strides in energy-efficiency
housing,. The Alouette Homes EQuilibrium project is the next logical step in
our commitment to develop and grow our expertise in the construction of
energy-efficient healthy homes, which will help us offer concrete advantages
in terms of comfort, savings and quality."
    CMHC's EQuilibrium housing initiative demonstrates a new approach to
housing in Canada. It brings together the principles of occupant health and
comfort, energy efficiency, renewable energy production, resource and water
conservation, and reduced environmental impact under one roof.
    The 12 project teams who won CMHC's national EQuilibrium competition
earlier this year are now turning their design concepts into real homes. Each
EQuilibrium team will receive $60,000 from CMHC to offset eligible costs,
including those related to documenting the projects, testing, and
demonstrating the homes publicly.
    In addition, CMHC will work with the winning teams to provide technical
and promotional support, including market research. CMHC will also support
performance monitoring of the EQuilibrium homes under actual living
conditions. The demonstration homes will be open to Canadians to view by 2008,
after which CMHC will explore opportunities to advance EQuilibrium housing
principles more broadly across the housing industry.

    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 more information, visit or call 1-800-668-2642.

For further information:

For further information: Lesley Harmer, Director of Communications,
Office of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development, (819) 994-2482; Julie Cohen, Communications and Marketing
Consultant, CMHC Quebec Business Centre, (514) 283-3679; Bradley Berneche,
President, Alouette Homes, (450) 539-3100; Mario Lamarche, General Manager,
Alouette Homes, (450) 539-3100

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