Official Opening of Avalon Discovery 3 EQuilibrium(TM) Demonstration House in Red Deer, Alberta

    RED DEER, AB, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - Today, the Government of Canada announced
that the first energy-efficient and environmentally responsible house in
Alberta, that was funded through the EQuilibrium(TM) Sustainable Housing
Demonstration Initiative, the Avalon Discovery 3 House, will officially open
on September 9, 2008.
    The demonstration home was built in Red Deer, by Avalon Master Builder as
part of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC's) EQuilibrium(TM)
Initiative, which encourages builders and developers to build the next
generation of sustainable housing in Canada.
    "The Government of Canada is proud to work with forward-looking
private-sector partners to develop energy-efficient homes. We congratulate
Avalon Master Builder on its demonstration home," said Bob Mills, Member of
Parliament for Red Deer, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister
of Human Resources and Social Development, and Minister responsible for CMHC.
"The Avalon Discovery 3 home gives people in this community an opportunity to
see first-hand how we can create beautiful healthy homes, conserve energy and
resources, and reduce pollutant emissions."
    EQuilibrium(TM) demonstration homes are designed to be healthy to live
in, produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis, and have very
low environmental impact. To achieve this, the Avalon Discovery 3 House
combines state of the art energy-efficient design and construction techniques
with renewable energy production. For example, the house uses solar power to
preheat air and water, reducing energy consumption.
    "The Discovery 3 House is the culmination of five years work and we are
very excited to have completed our first net zero energy home," said Ryan
Scott, CEO of Avalon Master Builder. "We continue to invest significant
resources in exploring intelligent green home technology alternatives so that
our customers can live in healthier, more comfortable homes that save money
today and reduce their environmental footprint for the future."
    Avalon Master Builder's vision is to build all of their homes as net zero
energy homes by the year 2015 at no additional cost to the consumer. Avalon's
experience building energy efficient and environmentally sustainable housing
has set the home builder apart and distinguishes it as a leader in sustainable
building. Avalon was the first multi-family builder to be certified under the
Alberta Built Green program introduced in 2002. Every home built by Avalon is
a certified Built Green home. Many of the technologies introduced and tested
in Avalon's previous demonstration homes, Discovery 1 and 2, are now standard
features in homes they build today.
    The Avalon Discovery 3 House is one of 12 projects that won CMHC's
national EQuilibrium(TM) sustainable housing competition in 2007 and are now
turning their design concepts into real homes. All EQuilibrium(TM) projects
will be open for public and professional audiences for demonstration, and then
monitored for performance by CMHC for one year, once occupied.
    CMHC's EQuilibrium(TM) Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative
provides a new approach to housing in Canada, representing a fundamental
change in the way Canadians think about their homes. It strives to balance our
housing needs with those of the environment. It brings together - under one
roof - the principles of occupant health and comfort, energy efficiency,
renewable energy production, resource and water conservation, and reduced
environmental impact.
    CMHC has worked closely with many stakeholders to develop and deploy
EQuilibrium(TM). In particular, CMHC has collaborated closely with Natural
Resources Canada which has contributed substantial research and development
expertise and resources to advancing the initiative.

    As Canada's national housing agency, 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, 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 Principal, Prairie and
Territories Region, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Office, (403)
515-2997, Cell. (403) 585-9317

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