Toronto Companies Help Build Energy Efficient House

    Project by BILD Members One of North America's 'Greenest'

    TORONTO, July 8 /CNW/ - The Building Industry and Land Development
Association (BILD) and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) are building a
house showcasing the best in conservation and sustainable technology as party
of an environmental education program at the Kortright Centre in Vaughan.
    The "Archetype Sustainable House" will be a state-of-the-art facility
incorporating leading-edge energy efficiency and will be one of the most
efficient renewable energy homes found throughout North America. More than 150
volunteers will use materials from sponsors in the blitz construction
consisting of only 17 days.
    "This is an exciting opportunity for our members to get engaged with a
wonderful project that will give back to our community and help build a
greener GTA" said Michael Moldenhauer, President of BILD. "Builders,
developers, and suppliers are all updating the way they do business. Through
the Archetype Sustainable House, we're choosing newer technologies to ensure a
greener future for all of us."
    The two semi-detached units in the house will showcase the best green
building practices currently available, and what could be achieved in the
future. Energy and water conservation technologies, as well as material
sourcing and construction processes will be addressed. Each home will be rated
under a variety of new home labeling systems including EnergyStar, GreenHouse,
LEED for Homes and R-2000 labels. These houses will showcase for community
leaders and residents in the Greater Toronto Area what can be achieved with a
strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
    "This house, constructed using volunteers and donated materials will
serve as an educational facility for trades, builders, students and the
public, with more than 150,000 visitors projected annually," said
Brian Denney, Chief Administrative Officer, TRCA. "This project is part of our
commitment to encourage individuals and businesses to find creative ways of
developing healthy urban spaces that minimize ecological footprints, improve
quality of life and conserve the environment."
    Constructed using volunteers and sponsored materials, the house will
serve as an education facility for trades, builders, students and the public,
with more than 150,000 visitors projected annually. With the Archetype
Sustainable House, industry and government leaders are reaching out to form
learning partnerships, and engaging the community. This collaborative
leadership will pave the way for sustainable, livable, and affordable
communities in Ontario.
    Builders and construction workers throughout the GTA are invited to join
the build, add expertise, and learn from others. This project promises to push
the boundaries of conventional construction, demonstrating both the rewards
and challenges of building "green."
    "The truly unique feature, and the most significant benefit of this home,
lies not in the design or in the technology, but in the nature of the
partnership itself," said Larry Brydon of Toronto, LEED(R) AP with Reliance
Home Comfort, an active member of BILD and the Sustainable House project.
"TRCA and BILD members are leading the way to educate the public on how they
can contribute to a more sustainable environment through an
environmentally-friendly house."

    About BILD: Established in 1921, the Building Industry and Land
Development Association serves more than 1,500 member companies engaged in
residential land development, home building, professional renovation and all
related supply, service and professional industry segments. More information
is at

    About TRCA: With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region
Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural
environment. Our vision is for The Living City(R) - a cleaner, greener and
healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For
more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Cynthia Malagerio, Manager of
Communications, BILD, (416) 391-3450 or (416) 951-4081,; Rowena Calpito, Brown & Cohen Communications, (416)

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