The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) has announced that Effect Home Builders has been awarded the EnviroHome designation for the Stratus showhome in Edmonton. The Stratus Home is one of only 10 such projects scheduled to take place across Canada in 2009. The home has also been names as a “Green Vision” finalist for the 2009 CHBA Alberta Awards of Excellence.
In addition, the Stratus EnviroHome is one of the first in Alberta to attain an impressive EnerGuide rating of 86 meaning whoever purchases the home is eligible for a $10,000 new home energy efficiency rebate offered by the Alberta Government.
EnviroHome projects feature a showcase home open to the public that demonstrates environmentally oriented new home design and construction. The Stratus EnviroHome includes many innovative products and systems to ensure good indoor air quality, a high level of indoor comfort year around, exceptional energy efficiency and the use of many recycled and environmentally friendly materials.
EnviroHome was established in 1994 by the CHBA, with the support of TD Canada Trust, one of Canada’s leading financial institutions. EnviroHome promotes the construction of new homes that “are better for you, your community and the environment”. Project proposals are reviewed by a national selection committee and must meet a broad range of technical and environmental criteria. Every EnviroHome must be certified to the R-2000 Standard and include many additional air quality and environmental features.
The Grand Opening for the Stratus EnviroHome was held on May 21, 2009 and included speeches from Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner, CHBA Immediate Past President John Hrynkow, Vice President for Climate Change Central John Rilett, Event Coordinator for EnerVision Belva Crabtree, and Managing Partner of Effect Home Builders Les Wold. Minister Renner is shown below cutting the ribbon alongside the event speakers.
For more information on the Stratus EnviroHome, please contact:
Les Wold, Effect Home Builders, (780)450-1399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information on the EnviroHome Initiative, please contact:
Mr. Gary Sharp, EnviroHome Coordinator Canadian Home Builders’ Association Ottawa, Ontario (613) 230-3060.