EcoCité - Sodero Developments Breaks Ground on EQuilibrium Demonstration House in Quebec

    VERDUN, QC, June 19 /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 groundbreaking of an
EQuilibrium demonstration home today.
    Abondance Montréal will be built in the Montréal borough of Verdun 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 Abondance Montréal
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."
    Abondance Montréal is a two-phase, 20-unit multi-family residential
development. The first phase of the development, a triplex, is part of the
EQuilibrium housing initiative. Using solar electric, geothermal and solar hot
water technologies, the three condos in this triplex have been designed to
produce more energy than they consume annually. The design also includes other
important environmental considerations such as: healthy indoor air,
environmentally friendly materials, water efficiency and sustainable
transportation. The building has a shared rooftop terrace and a rear garden
court. Located just a short walk to the Lasalle metro station, occupants can
walk, bike and take public transportation.
    "Abondance Montréal has been a real team effort from the beginning,
involving some of the top green building specialists in Montréal, and everyone
is very excited to see it start construction," says Ms. Cheryl Gladu, partner
in EcoCité Developments. "We've already heard from many people who want to
live in condos like these and once the construction is complete, I can imagine
many similar projects popping up across Canada and even further a field. This
is just the beginning of multi-family, zero-energy housing in Canada."
    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, (514) 283-3679; Cheryl Gladu, Partner in EcoCité
Developments, (514) 524-0191; Robert Deschamps, President, Constructions
Sodero, (450) 446-4753

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