Sustainable housing movement gains momentum

    REGINA, Nov. 22 /CNW/ - Imagine a house that produces as much energy as
it uses. This is the concept behind EQuilibrium - a powerful new movement
catching the attention of home builders. Housing experts will come together
today at the National Housing Day Luncheon to discuss this initiative. The
luncheon will be hosted by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and
Regina & Region Home Builders' Association (R&RHBA).
    "National Housing Day is an ideal opportunity to share ideas and best
practices," says Jacquie Bevill, CMHC Corporate Representative. "It's the
perfect occasion to generate discussion about important initiatives like
EQuilibrium. These homes will be a blueprint for the next generation of
sustainable housing in Canada."
    EQuilibrium homes rely on resource and energy-efficient technologies in
order to produce as much energy as they consume annually. They provide
healthier, more comfortable living spaces for their occupants. EQuilibrium
Housing offers builders and developers across the country a unique opportunity
to stand out as market leaders by building sustainable communities.
    "The Canadian Home Builders' Saskatchewan has always played a lead role
in advancing the efficiency of housing in our province. Saskatchewan is the
birthplace of the technology that started the R2000 program many years ago and
we have adopted the Energy Star for new houses this year," says Alice Russell,
Executive Director of Regina & Region Home Builders' Association. "We are
excited to be involved in the next frontier with the EQuilibrium initiative."
    Keynote speaker Ryan Scott, CEO of Avalon Home Builders, is a pioneer in
eco-smart building techniques and is committed to EQuilibrium housing
standards. Avalon's first net zero energy house is set to be completed in
spring 2008.
    "Discovery 3 combines state-of-the-art energy efficient construction
techniques and equipment with renewable solar energy to provide energy for use
in this home. This brings Avalon one step closer to our vision of building
100 per cent of our homes to achieve net zero energy by the year 2015 with no
additional cost to the consumer," said Scott. "The Discovery 3 House is the
culmination of five years of work and we are very excited to be building our
first net zero energy home."

    As Canada's national housing agency, 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 further information:

For further information:, or call 1-800-668-2642; Michele
Klein, Marketing Consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (Prairies
and Territories), Office: (403) 515-2903, Cell: (403) 585-2058

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