Carriage Lane Homes Recognized for Healthy Housing(TM) Practices

    VIRGIL, ON, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
(CMHC) recognized Carriage Lane Homes today for building healthier homes at
the company's newly constructed house in Virgil, near Niagara-on-the-Lake.
    "CMHC is proud to recognize Carriage Lane Homes for its dedication to
building eco-friendly and healthy homes," said Bill Crawford, CMHC Senior
Advisor, Research and Technology. "Carriage Lane Homes have strived to improve
their building practices and demonstrated the skills and knowledge necessary
to build healthier homes that are not only energy and resource efficient, but
    Carriage Lane Homes' eco-friendly design, at 34 Raiana Drive in Virgil,
is healthy and very energy-efficient. The home combines tight, well-insulated
construction with an energy-efficient heat recovery ventilation system. The
home also features radiant in-floor heating, a reverse osmosis filtered water
system and an on-demand tankless hot water system.
    "Building healthier housing is important simply because we spend most of
our time at home. In an increasingly chemical world, a person's castle should
provide the healthiest environment possible," said John Thiffault, CEO,
Carriage Lane Homes. "We are pleased to receive this recognition from CMHC for
our efforts in building quality, healthy homes that are energy efficient and
reduce green house gas emissions."
    The builder also received the prestigious Certificate of Recognition from
Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer. "It can be difficult
to be a leader, to be among the first to try to change the way we look at
houses," said Love. "Not just granite countertops and stainless steel
appliances, but as places that affect the environment. I hope that customers
will demand more of these homes."
    Carriage Lane Homes is a celebrated Niagara-on-the-Lake designer and
builder. For over 17 years they have worked to improve their building
practices to reflect healthy and energy efficient methods. For more
information on their building philosophy visit
    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.

    As Canada's national housing agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (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. For more information, visit or call

For further information:

For further information: Bill Crawford, Senior Advisor, Research and
Technology, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Tel: (519) 474-6397,
Cell: (519) 878-0026; Peter Domarchuk, Carriage Lane Homes, Tel:
1-800-771-4913, Cell: (905) 401-8727

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