Housing Experts Take Action on Environmental Concerns

    CALGARY, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Protecting the future of our environment - this
was the topic of discussion for housing experts who joined forces today in
Calgary. The 2007 Research Conference, hosted by Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC), offered a unique opportunity for industry professionals to
collaborate and share their visions. Experts showed how they turn ideas into
action - from the design of a house to the planning of entire communities.
    "It's time to bring the industry together and set the foundations for
sustainable growth for the years to come," said CMHC's Anand Mishra.
"Canadians are one of the largest consumers of energy and resources per capita
in the world, and our housing and lifestyle plays a major role in this
substantial environmental burden."
    Speakers at the event presented revolutionary endeavours being put into
effect in Canada's own towns and cities. Participants heard about homes that
reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve resources and produce as much energy
as they use. They learned of whole communities built to be sustainable, with
their own agriculture, rainwater management and energy systems.
    "At home and internationally, evidence suggests that as a society we need
to seriously adjust our lifestyles to a more sustainable model, "said Mishra.
"As a Federal Crown Corporation it's our goal at CMHC to encourage
neighbourhood design and land use planning approaches that reduce costs and
environmental impacts, while maintaining a vibrant community."
    The conference, tagged "True Balance: Sustainability in Action," featured
a roster of notable speakers. Presenters included: Lisa Prime, Director of
Sustainability for Waterfront Toronto; Fanis Grammenos, CMHC Senior
Researcher; Anand Mishra, CMHC Research Advisor; Vinay Bhardwaj, CMHC Manager
of Market Analysis and Research Information Transfer; and Roger Bayley,
Principal for Merrick Architecture and involved in Vancouver's Olympic
    This was CMHC's first annual Research Conference. The event attracted
more than 120 builders, developers, architects, engineers, planners and
researchers from throughout the Prairie Provinces.
    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 www.cmhc.ca or call 1-800-668-2642.

For further information:

For further information: Carol Mulley, CMHC, (403) 585-9317

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