Developer Breaks Ground on Laebon CHESS EQuilibrium Demonstration House in Red Deer

    RED DEER, AB, June 8 /CNW/ - 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 Laebon Canadian Housing Energy Sustainable Solutions (CHESS) Project
will be built in Red Deer, Alberta 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 Laebon Developments
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 CHESS Concept Home is a highly resource- and energy-efficient
bungalow tailored to meet the unique climate challenges of central Alberta.
    "The CHESS house was designed in response to consumer demand for healthy
and environmentally friendly housing and is extremely flexible to changes in
the needs and preferences of homeowners. We are thrilled to be able to bring
this to the market," said Gayle Wood, Project Coordinator.
    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.

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been Canada's national
housing agency for more than 60 years. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians
access a wide choice of quality, environmentally sustainable, affordable
homes, while making vibrant, healthy communities and cities a reality 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; Gayle Wood, Project Manager, Laebon CHESS
Project, (403) 346-7215; Michele Klein, Marketing Consultant, Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation (Prairies and Territories), (403) 515-2903

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