A national program launched three years ago invites homebuilders and developers to show off their greenest designs
In May 2006, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – the country’s national housing agency – announced an initiative designed to generate interest in eco-friendly housing among builders, developers, and the public.
The CMHC, which calls the program the EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative, solicited proposals for demonstration homes that, once built, would serve as models and inspiration for comparable home construction on a larger scale. Completed homes are open to the public for a minimum six-month demonstration period and are then monitored for performance for at least a year thereafter.
The CMHC says 72 builder- and developer-led teams submitted proposals, and an independent committee of housing experts selected 12 teams to build demo homes. Six homes have been completed and winning project proposals for three more were announced in February.
The completed homes include the Avalon Discovery House and the Laebon CHESS Project, both in Red Deer, Alberta; the Riverdale NetZero Project in Edmonton; the EcoTerra house in Eastman, Quebec; the Now House project, in Toronto; and the Minto Ecohome in Manotick, Ontario.