Nexus Solar/South Beach Homes Partnership Starts Construction on EQuilibrium Demonstration House in Prince Albert

    PRINCE ALBERT, SK, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister
of Human Resources and Social Development, and Minister responsible for Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced the start of construction of
an EQuilibrium demonstration home today.
    The YIPI! Net Zero Footprint Housing project will be built near Prince
Albert, Saskatchewan as part of CMHC's EQuilibrium sustainable housing
initiative. The project is the result of a unique partnership between South
Beach Homes, owned by Montreal Lake Cree Nation, and Nexus Solar Corporation.
    "Canada's New Government is proud to partner with the private sector to
develop energy-efficient homes and congratulates the YIPI! 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 are designed to be
healthy to live in and to produce as much energy as they consume on an annual
basis. They will be a blueprint for the next generation of sustainable housing
in Canada."
    The YIPI! Net Zero Footprint Housing project will introduce CMHC's
EQuilibrium sustainable housing initiative to residents and visitors to the
Prince Albert region. This project highlights First Nations' engagement to
affordable and sustainable technologies.
    "I am very pleased to be involved with the YIPI! project," said Cliff
Bird, General Manager of South Beach Homes. "The First Nation participation in
this inaugural ready to move (RTM) home is of great significance for our
people and our company. The potential for the northern market is enormous! We
are honoured to be chosen to construct this home."
    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 for one year once occupied.
The demonstration homes will be open to Canadians to view in 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; Carol Mulley, Marketing Principle, Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corporation (Prairies and Territories), Office: (403)
515-2997, Cell: (403) 585-9317

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