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THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE HOUSING MAGAZINE FOR DESIGNERS, BUILDERS AND HOMEOWNERS

Green-rated homes growing in numbers There are over 5,000 homes registered for certification under the LEED Canada for Homes rating system, and the Built Green Canada rating system has spread across western Canada and

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into Ontario. Electricity and natural gas prices are increasing as is a consequential interest in building sustainable, higherperformance homes. But, this interest is also motivated by a desire among homeowners for superior quality homes that deliver a better living experience.

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In this issue we have teamed up with the Canada Green Building Council to publish the first-ever LEED Canada for Homes-in-Review – a list of all homes certified under the

Publisher Don Griffith 800-520-6281, ext. 304, dgriffith@sabmagazine.com

LEED rating system, along with selected profiles of some of the projects. The list of homes certified under various rating programs is only going to get longer, and we hope to show

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that growth in future issues.

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Sustainable, high-performance homes

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most fundamental of the high-tech is the inclusion of a Heat Recovery Ventilator photo: ROY GROGAN

editorial advisors • Tom Knezic, M.ARCH., LEED AP, OAA Solares Architecture Inc., www.solares.ca • Roy Nandram, LEED AP, RND Construction, www.rndconstruction.ca • Mike Reynolds, LEED AP-Homes, ecohome.net

are part high-tech and low-tech. The

[HRV] or an Energy Recovery Ventilator [ERV] which are units that work with the furnace to save energy and improve indoor air quality. As homes are being built more tightly, building codes are

beginning to demand that they be used. Our article in this issue explains the function and difference between a HRV and ERV, and why newer homes should have one.

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The low-tech part is all about working with the sun and wind when designing a home. We discussed this in our Fall, 2013 issue devoted to Passive House Design. We touch on it again

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their Net Zero Heat Design method and the example of Habitat for Humanity House and two houses that revitalize neighbourhoods, are examples of creative thinking that we so enjoy bringing to our readers.

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Green rater training at CaGBC Conference There are over 5,000 homes registered for LEED certification across Canada, and each requires third-party, on-site verification by a green rater. For new LEED v4 projects, these green raters must also be credentialed through the LEED Canada for Homes Green Rater program. Those wishing to become a LEED Canada for Homes Green Rater need to complete the HOMES 401: Green Rater Training. Part of this training is being provided at a two-day workshop on June 4 and 5 in Toronto, in association with the Canada Green Building Council’s Building Lasting Change National Conference. This interactive workshop is eligible for CE hours and provides training in: • Identifying responsibilities of a LEED for Homes Green Rater in each phase of a project. • Managing and conducting verification activities. • Effectively using the project checklist file. • Communicating with project teams and LEED for Homes Providers. • Applying the sampling protocol on applicable projects. • Preparing accurate and complete certification submittal packages. Date: June 4 and 5, 2014 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre Info: Search on “HOMES 401: Green Rater Training”

Built Green Canada expands across western Canada Coinciding with Built Green Canada’s 10th anniversary, the green home rating system has expanded to Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The expansion addresses the growing demand for responsible sustainability practices driven by builders, developers, government, and homeowners. Built Green’s programs recognize energy efficiency as a fundamental component and move beyond this to include electrical efficiency, water efficiency, indoor air quality, resource use, and overall environmental impact. Built Green Canada is an industry-driven organization offering programs for single-family and high-density projects, with a renovations and a communities program under development. It is affordable, thirdparty certified, and easily implementable with pre-approved sample checklists and guides. The organization is “by builders for builders”, so the programs are informed by the industry to ensure they are robust, credible, and achievable with pre-approved sample checklists and guides. Since its inception, Built Green® has enrolled and completed over 20,500 Built Green® certified homes in Alberta, BC, and Ontario— including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 23,500. www.builtgreencanada.ca

Ottawa builder hits three Platinum houses Ottawa’s RND Construction has completed three homes that have earned the LEED Canada for Homes Platinum rating. President Roy Nandram is a green building pioneer going back 20 years in the Ottawa area, and has the certificates and awards on his office walls to prove it. The oldest of these might be a framed certificate denoting his completion of a Canadian General Standards Board course on Insulating Homes for Energy Conservation nearly 30 years ago in 1982, many years before “green” was the buzzword it is today. He became one of the first LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] accredited professional in 2009. At first glance, it is difficult for an average person to identify a ‘green’ home or ‘green features’. To Nandram a green home typically uses less energy and water, fewer natural resources, creates less waste, and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupant. In a nutshell, green features of a home will dramatically reduce or eliminate the negative impact on our environment, and result in lower energy bills and better indoor air quality.

Wood Avenue House, Linda Chapman Architect, LEED score 100.5/136

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“We use an integrated design process to get the team together and work towards a common goal,” he says. “Everyone needs to be thinking about sustainability from the start for a project to really be effective,” says Nandram. RND’s eco-friendly construction starts with attention to details such as recycling discarded wood, repurposing disused materials and using low-VOC products at all times to reduce the impact of indoor air quality and the environment. Because of its recognized expertise, RND is as much advisor as builder on a project, often providing guidance for local architects, engineers, project managers, designers and subcontractors. www.rndconstruction.com

Zen Barn, Christopher Simmonds Architect, LEED score 90.5/136

Nelson Street House, John Donkin Architect, LEED score 89/136


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Located in the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood of Vancouver’s east end, the original house was representative of the houses constructed during the early decades of the last century: poorly insulated, disconnected from the street, and with little natural light. The new owners - young professionals with modest funds and a new baby looked to transform the house to suit a contemporary lifestyle with an eye to sustainable building. By Ian Ross McDonald

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STRATEGIC DECISIONS While the project contains numerous sustainable strategies like low-VOC paints, high-efficiency fixtures, and in future may include on-site water reclamation, and solar hot water, the most important operation was the simple act of lifting the existing house to make livable the ground floor. This radically altered the ground floor, introducing light and air, and changed the house’s relationship to the surrounding grade. It also preserved more than 60% of the existing shell of the house, saving construction costs directly and making for faster approvals with the City. The success of the renovation could be a solution to the housing affordability problem in Vancouver – the idea of doing modest alterations in the city’s urban fabric rather than relying on grand, expensive ambitions. For this renovation the owners maintained rigorous control

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of both the budget and material and product selections to make the project possible. Limited by a modest budget, but with high sustainability aspirations, the project team rarely discussed the house in terms of ever being “complete”.

The finished two-storey house [1], and the original house [2]. Since the owners elected to maintain the majority of the existing house, they were not forced by the city to provide on-site parking.

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Here, the initial architectural operations of lifting the house and renovating the building envelope provide a base for future improvements.


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THE INTERGENERATIONAL FAMILY HOME novel living concept wrapped in a passive design

1 Located between two major transportation bus routes and within walking distance of local amenities, the project combines three different living units connected by shared green spaces and gardens. The typical two-car garage is replaced by a laneway house and single carport [1]. Designing the framing in a 3D CAD program allowed for better detailing of the structure, reduced typical problems of thermal bridging, and brought better coordination of mechanical and electrical services [2].

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Join us at

Building Lasting Change » Expo 2014 – bigger and better than ever with new features like International and Energy Conservation Pavilions.

» Keynotes: Design expert Bruce Mau, Stefan Behnisch of Behnisch Architekten, and Mike Pedersen, President and CEO of TD Bank.

» Pre-conference ‘Materials in LEED v4’ workshop for manufacturers and product specifiers.

» Your best opportunity to network and socialize with Canada’s green building leaders.

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WORKING TO MAKE EVERY BUILDING GREENER

Thomas Mueller

Welcome to the LEED速 for Homes Canada in Review Supplement, the very first publication of its kind. We are pleased to be working with ecoHouse Canada and SABMag on this new feature, as we do with the LEED Year in Review publications each year. It is a great way of recognizing how far green home building in Canada has come in the past decade. I am proud to say that there were a total of 1,013 registered and certified LEED for Homes projects in 2013. The green home building market has been growing steadily over the past decade. I firmly believe that this success proves that more and more people are recognizing that living in sustainably built homes makes sense: for their wallets, for their health and for the environment. The CaGBC is pleased to be giving credit to all of the professionals involved in the growth of the green home building industry and recognizing them for being at the forefront of green building innovation. Thank you to those who have participated in this supplement, and congratulations on contributing to projects that give Canadians healthier homes in which to live and raise their families. Thomas Mueller President & CEO, CaGBC

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PROJECT NAME

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2010

2011

2012

LOCATION

LEED PLATINUM

PROJECT TYPE | OWNER TYPE

Archetype Sustainable House

Woodbridge, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Archetype Sustainable House - A

Woodbridge, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Avalon Discovery III

Red Deer, AB

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Le Vertendre

Eastman, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Rodeo NewMarket

Newmarket, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

19 Captain Kidd’s Terrace

Nanaimo, BC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Écologis Karine O’Cain

Trois-Rivières, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Multi-family

Kerchum Residence

Vancouver, BC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Ontario Green Home

Kitchener, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

The Hamptons

Ottawa, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

The Shore House

North Vancouver, BC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Cuku Residence

Parkland County, AB

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Espace Éco-Logis

Boisbriand, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Guscott/Kemp Residence

Ladner, BC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Habitat For Humanity York Region

Keswick, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Loggias Bourgeoys

Montreal, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Multi-family

Maison Productive House

Montreal, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Multi-family

Nathalie Caron et Michel Descoteaux

Municipalité du canton d’Orford, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Stickwood Walker

Newmarket, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Turnbull Residence

Ottawa, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

101B Third Avenue

Ottawa, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

125 Third Ave.

Ottawa, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

27 Farnham Avenue

Toronto, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

279 & 279A Crichton Street

Ottawa, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

711, chemin Aylmer

Stratford, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Beachaus I

White Rock, BC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Beachaus II

White Rock, BC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Construction Emmanuel Crevier Triplex

Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

M. Louis Beaumier et Mme Julie Plamondon

Trois-Rivières, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Maison Écolomique

Rivière-du-Loup, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Maison Elément 2.0

St-Jérome, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Projet Cure-Marquis

Victoriaville, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

seven 35

North Vancouver, BC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Multi-family

Sir Sam Steele Sustainable Housing Development 2009 - 892, 898, 900, 904 McCalman Avenue

Winnipeg, MB

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Sir Sam Steele Sustainable Housing Development 2009 894 McCalman Avenue

Winnipeg, MB

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

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PROJECT NAME

2012

LOCATION

LEED GOLD

Mcdonald Residence

Golden, BC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

OceanVillas at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa

Victoria, BC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Multi-family

Orfie C-61

Eastman, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Patrick Côté

St-Colomban, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

The Harvesting House

Kingston, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

38 & 40 Nijmegan Rd.

Whitehorse, YT

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Agrandissement du 6624 Henri-Julien

Montreal, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Amblepath

Squamish, BC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Bryden/Webb Project

Halifax, NS

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Chalet Mont-Tremblant-Lussier

Lac Superieur, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

COTE Inc. - Guy Le Blanc

Saint-Bruno, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Écohabitations boréales - Lac Mitchell

La Macaza, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Écohabitations boréales - Lac Vert

Saint-Adolphed’Howard, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Ener 1

Mont Tremblant, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Green Island Getaways

North Granville, PEI

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Habitations G.F.B. inc. vert l’avenir

Chateauguay, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Hawkins Passive House

Hubley, NS

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Karpat-Leon Residencel

Pointe Claire, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Le Bastion

Notre-Damedu-Laus, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Le Jacques Cartier

Gatineau, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Multi-family

LOGGIA Projet Bellechasse Phase 2

Montreal, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Multi-family

Milne Triplex

Montreal, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Princess Residences - 186 Princess Avenue

North York, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Princess Residences - 190 Princess Avenue

Toronto, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Résidence Caffin-Potvin

Chelsea, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Résidence Lessard-Blais

Gatineau, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Sir Sam Steele Sustainable Housing Development 2009 920 McCalman Avenue

Winnipeg, MB

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Sir Sam Steele Sustainable Housing Development 2009 924 McCalman Avenue

Winnipeg, MB

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Sir Sam Steele Sustainable Housing Development 2009 926 McCalman Avenue

Winnipeg, MB

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

The Atrium House

Kincardine, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

The Coxford Residence

Toronto, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Vert l’avenir

Chateauguay, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

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PROJECT NAME

2013

2014

LOCATION

LEED GOLD

PROJECT TYPE | OWNER TYPE

11-014-DeAnda-Roy

Waterville, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

175 rue Gendron

Chateauguay, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Caledonia Towns on the Park - Building A

Toronto, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Multi-family

Caledonia Towns on the Park - Building B

Toronto, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Multi-family

Caledonia Towns on the Park - Building C

Toronto, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Multi-family

Compass House

Mulmur, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Écohabitations boréales - Les Épinettes

Morin-Heights, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Forget/Neamtz Residence

L’Ange-Gardien, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Ipperciel

Hatley, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Le Chateaubriand

Montreal, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Multi-family

LivelyUp Café

McDonalds Corners, ON

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Maison Bordeleau Lussier

St-Mathieude-Rioux, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Maison du lac bleu

Lac Beauport, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Projet Bercy

Montreal, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Multi-family

Résidence Paquin-Richard

Trois-Rivières, QC

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Sir Sam Steele 2011 Affordable Housing

Winnipeg, MB

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Sir Sam Steele 2011 Affordable Housing

Winnipeg, MB

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Sir Sam Steele 2011 Affordable Housing

Winnipeg, MB

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Sir Sam Steele 2011 Affordable Housing

Winnipeg, MB

CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Sur dalle 3 chambres

St-jean-sur-Richelieu, QC CaGBC LEED Canada for Homes

Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Villa Les Viannières

Harrington, QC

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Mirabel, QC

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Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Cisterna Estates Inc.

Milton, ON

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Greensborough

Markham, ON

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Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Refuge des Cerf

Tremblant, QC

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Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Celebration

Salmon Cove, NL

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Winnipeg, MB

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Écohabitations boréales - Lac Léon

Sainte-Adèle, QC

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Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

EVERGREEN

Ottawa, ON

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Harmonie des rapides

Montreal, QC

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My Rona Home Season 2

Calgary, AB

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Midland, ON

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Zen in Aspen

Calgary, AB

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1703, rue Niverville

Chateauguay, QC

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Gatineau, QC

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Clarke Blynn Residence

Baddeck, NS

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Ste-Margueritedu-Lac-Masson, QC

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Notre-Damede-l’Ile-Perrot, QC

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Lundy

Ottawa, ON

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Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Maison Lanthier

Saint-Adolphe d’Howard, QC

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Maisons de Ville Challenger Ouest/Villa 1-7 Montreal, QC

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Dartmouth, NS

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Ottawa, ON

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Chicoutimi, QC

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Gatineau, QC

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Fredericton, NB

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Chantal Girard

Chambord, QC

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Claude Hamel

Orford, QC

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Markham, ON

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Chelsea, QC

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Gesteco

Chambly, QC

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Toronto, ON

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Julien B. Hamel

Orford, QC

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Lawrence Residence, Lac St-Sixte

Mulgrave-et-Derry, QC

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Le Jasmin

Sherbrooke, QC

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Les Condos du Phare

Lac-mégantic, QC

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Manoir des Sables

Orford, QC

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Nalcor Churchill Falls Accommodation Units Churchill Falls, NL

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Ocean View Apartments

North Rustico, PEI

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Multi-family

Jasper, AB

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Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Projet Mainguy-Plante

Val-David, QC

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Single family, duplex, triplex or townhome

Stephane Tanguay

Cowansville, QC

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The Anderson

Strathcona County, AB

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Chelsea, QC

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11 Putman Avenue

Gatineau, QC

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Maison Expohabitat SMB

Quebec, QC

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Kingston, ON

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Shanty Bay, ON

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Shanty Bay, ON

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Shanty Bay, ON

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Rigaud, QC

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12R04_Cohabitat Québec Founded in 2001, Québec City’s TERGOS Ecological Architecture + Construction is a leader in sustainable residential design and construction. With six LEED for Homes Platinum buildings, TERGOS redefines the way we live today, whether in be in the city or in the country. Specialised in new high-end homes, residential enlargements and major renovations, TERGOS is equipped to make every project ecological and sustainable. From the tiniest makeover to major multifamily housing developments, TERGOS distinguishes themselves with a resolutely contemporary architecture. Winner of Québec City’s prestigious Mérites d’Architecture Awards 2013 in the Residential New Building – Mid and High Density Housing, Cohabitat Québec distinguishes itself on many levels. Composed of five independent LEED for Homes Platinum buildings, the province’s first Cohousing project has gained the respect of the city’s municipal officials and other professionals province-wide. The colossal mandate was to insure that within the limited budget, the 42 unit housing project attain the CaGBC’s highest LEED standing. With an average building cost of 130$/square foot, TERGOS has proven with Cohabitat Québec that it is not only possible to attain a high performance and ecological building at market construction costs, but it is also possible to exceed the country’s average energy housing performances and build significantly more beautiful buildings in which to live. Major criteria used in designing and building the development include: • Superior quality of construction details; • Passive solar orientation; • Integration of a recycled industrial building in the design; • Use of local, healthy, natural, recycled and recyclable materials; • Superior building envelope, attaining the province of Québec’s Novoclimat standards; • Excellent resource management; • Aesthetics and acoustical comfort

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FINAL RATING - SINGLE DETACHED LEED FOR HOMES GOLD SCORE CARD: Innovation & Design Process Location & Linkages Sustainable Sites Water Efficiency Energy & Atmosphere Materials & Resources Indoor Environmental Quality Awareness & Education TOTAL

4/11 4/10 9.5/22 4/15 26/38 11.5/16 16/21 1/3 76/136

HAWKINS PASSIVE HOUSE Driven by the belief that highly energy-efficient homes should be available to people with modest construction budgets, we created the Hawkins House. As the first certified Passive House in Canada, we used it to develop the techniques and materials that have now been applied on several other high-performance homes in our climate. We were able to achieve this for such a small increased capital cost that the combined mortgage and energy bills are the same as in code-built houses of a similar size. Once it became clear that we would hit the Passive House targets, adding LEED for Homes certification was a logical next step. By combining the very rigorous energy standards of Passive House with the more holistic credits of LEED, Hawkins House is one of the greenest homes in Canada. Using conventional building materials in unconventional ways, we were able to hire contractors who work in the production home market. The speed and efficiency of these trades combined with careful design and detailing was our key to cost effectiveness. The result is a house that looks and feels like a regular home, but has a total heating bill of under $200 annually. The temperature inside will hover around 15 degrees during the coldest months of winter with no heating at all. That, combined with the ample daylight, good indoor air quality, and attention to age-in-place accessibility, ensures that this house will be highly desirable for many decades to come. Passive House E-Design, with the help of third-party certification and commissioning from our colleague Jordan MacDonald at ThermalWise, has been pioneering the design and construction of the greenest homes in Nova Scotia. We’re proud to have built the first certified Passive House in Canada, and are continuing the work of making ultra-green homes accessible to everyone.

Natalie Leonard, P.Eng. | 902-475-1060 info@passivedesign.ca | www.passivedesign.ca

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Dueck Homes Dueck homes began with a mission to bring affordable green Homes to Winnipeg. Their very first house was built to Manitoba Hydro’s Gold power smart standard, and they have never looked back. Shortly after they built their first homes, they registered to be R2000 builders. Then, when a client asked them to build a LEED registered home, they were more than ready to proceed. According to Dueck, they had already been building most of their homes to a LEED standard. Now it was just a matter of documenting the process and verifying the LEED eligibility of the various components. The Parker house was designed to reach the Gold LEED standard. However, since the geothermal was not installed as of the test date the house was awarded Silver. The Geothermal field was installed but not connected until a few years after certification. Many of the standard features in a Dueck Home were employed in the LEED home. For example, the insulating materials used are Cellulose and Polyiso. The Cellulose was “dense packed” into 2x 6 “smart framed” walls and used to a depth of R60 in the attic. Three inches of Polyiso was used under the basement floor, resulting in an R18 rating. An inch and a half of Polyiso was also used on the outside walls so that they ended up with an R32 rating. The Polyiso also provided a complete thermal break for the house by connecting to the foam on the ICF basement walls.

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Other energy saving features include large south facing 2 low E windows, grey water recycling, grey water heat recovery, energy efficient HRV, and LED and florescent lighting. As in all Dueck Homes, no OSB was used inside. The main floors areas are covered with engineered elm rescued from the local city dump and treated with a zero VOC finish. A home built to LEED standards results in a happier, healthier home. Make your next home a Dueck Home!

Dueck Homes Inc. Intelligent Homes! 204 794 6572 Dueckhomes.com


CaraCo Development Corporation CaraCo Development Corporation is proud to announce the CaraCo Performance Home 2020. This project is a culmination of best practices, from in-depth consultation, to high performance specifications, to in-depth design review and finally a detail cost control analysis.

CaraCo builds these homes to differentiate themselves from the competition and offer customers the homes of tomorrow, today. The CaraCo Performance Home 2020 features several leading-edge building design and construction technologies, offering homebuyers improved comfort, better indoor air quality, and tools to efficiently control energy use, resulting in lower utility bills. The functional, open plan, two-storey layout ensures generous room sizes, and a cost-conscious overall footprint. CaraCo is a leader in innovative development that is committed to building homes to higher standards and incorporates a wholehome approach using energy-efficient technologies and strategies, such as high performance building envelope systems and state of the art ‘Smart’ mechanical controls. CaraCo builds homes that are more user friendly, sustainable and ensure return of investment. Past projects include homes built to the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Standard, R-2000 homes, LEED Gold, and incorporate standard features that are environmentally conscious and energy efficient. The Performance Home 2020 utilizes best practice technology cost effectively with minimal increase to sale price. The attention to detail in the specifications and the conformance with future building codes has been well received by the public, particularly with cost-conscious new homebuyers. Thinking outside of the box has given CaraCo the opportunity to educate the purchasers about the importance of high performance improvements, and how they can benefit from them in comfort, in savings, and security of investment.

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LEED FOR HOMES CERTIFIED SCORE CARD: Innovation & Design Process Location & Linkages Sustainable Sites Water Efficiency Energy & Atmosphere Materials & Resources Indoor Environmental Quality Awareness & Education TOTAL

5.5/11 6/10 10/22 3/15 19.5/38 5.5/16 10/21 1/3 60.5/136

• A 2,300 sqft two storey home built in 1982 [Energuide 50] uses 4,250 m3 of natural gas per year [heating and hot water]. • A 2,300 sqft two storey home built to the current building code uses 2,600 m3 of natural gas per year. • A 2,300 sqft two storey home built to Energuide 83 uses 1,700 m3 of natural gas per year. • The CaraCo Performance Home 2020 is aiming to exceed Energuide 83. That equals 35% in energy savings over a newly built home. • Further, a house with an energuide rating of 83 is eligible for an Ontario Power Authority of $500.


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Net Zero prototype for Habitat for Humanity brings fresh ideas for affordable housing Can a sustainable home be affordable? That is the question Stantec, Lafarge, and Habitat for Humanity set out to answer with the development of a Net Zero energy duplex in Edmonton.

Klaas Rodenburg The Habitat for Humanity project in Edmonton is the first Net Zero energy precast concrete home in North America, which is targetting LEED® Platinum certification [1]. THE PRECAST COMPONENTS [2]. One of the families receiving the keys to its new home [3].

The Habitat Net Zero Prototype was developed as a collab-

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In Edmonton, Habitat for Humanity builds more than 100 homes each

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were implemented to supply Edmonton’s Habitat for Humanity

family’s income, making them affordable.

with its first net-zero home.

Although Net Zero performance [meaning the duplex will generate as

The project explored the collaborative development of a

much energy as it uses] incurs extra capital costs for a hybrid geothermal/

precast concrete housing unit that would be manufactured by

solar heating system and solar photovoltaic system to supply electricity

Lafarge and donated to Habitat for Humanity as a prototype on

to the homes, it significantly reduces monthly utility costs. This savings

an Edmonton infill site. Inspired by the unique properties of pre-

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Kenogami House The Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec is the first home built under Ecohome’s Net Zero Heat program. It holds the highest LEED point score achieved in Canada [106], a Net Zero Heat rating of 14.6 kWh and a Home of the Year Award from Green Builder© Media in the U.S. for Best Resilient Design.

Mike Reynolds 1 2 The building envelope - 91% of glazing is south facing - Windows are triple glazed, fiberglass framed and argon filled > R4.8 - Ceiling insulation: 3” Polyisocyanurate and 36 inches of cellulose > R151 - Wall insulation: 14” of EPS foam and 7.5 “ of mineral wool > R80 - Slab on grade insulation: EPS foam and polyurethane > R64 - 0.57 ACH @ 50 Pa [Air Changes per Hour at 50 Pascals of pressure] Energy systems - 5,400 W photovoltaic solar panels with battery backup - Radiant floor heat powered by a high-efficiency gas boiler - 84% efficient Zehnder Novus 300 ERV [Energy Recovery Ventilator] Materials - Slab on grade, wood frame, and exterior EPS insulation. - Sidings a mix of steel, stone and locally harvested red spruce. - Windows by Inline Fiberglass. - Isolofoam Isofix [EPS] below slab on grade. - Air to water heat pump provides cooling capacity and dehumidification. Architect Lucie Langlois OWNER/General Contractor Alain Hamel Design Team Emmanuel Cosgrove, Denis Boyer, Benjamin Zizi Photos Alain Hamel

The southern facade with numerous windows for passive heating with the protection of roof overhangs against the summer sun [1], and a PV ground installation [2].

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HRVs ERVs Essential components of a high-performance

Energy recovery from exhaust air is becoming common place in cold regions, and two types of equipment can do this- an HRV [Heat Recovery Ventilator] and an ERV [Energy Recovery Ventilator]. Both HRVs and ERVs are somewhat new to mainstream home construction, and can often be confused. In an effort to clear that up, we will first explore why ventilation is so crucial, then explain the options and their best applications. Up until the last few decades, houses were so leaky that sufficient cold dry air seeped in to meet the needs of occupants, and ensure homes had no moisture damage. These houses were said to ‘breathe’, but that would be like breathing through your skin instead of through your nose. It meant that cold, dry winter air would need to be warmed as well as humidified, while hot and humid air would enter in the summer. Nowadays, in the name of energy efficiency, houses are built to much higher standards of air tightness, so a mechanical ventilation system is essential for the following reasons: To provide oxygen for occupants since people deplete oxygen as they breathe. In a reasonably airtight home with no ventilation you would feel the effects of that in quite short order. To remove contaminants – because along with the toxins emitted by the human body [ammonia, benzene, carbon monoxide and methane to name a few], chemicals in building materials and furnishings continue to

Whether natural or mechanical, ventilation in homes is a must. Houses are no longer built to leak heat and moisture the way they used to be; we now build them as airtight as we can. This makes mechanical ventilation essential in a high-performance home.

off-gas for many years after installation.

How much fresh air is enough? How much fresh air comes in through the building envelope? What is the difference between an HRV and an ERV? How do you choose between an HRV and an ERV?

contaminants in their air, even when they represent a

To remove the excess humidity generated by normal human activity in order to ensure building durability and efficiency in heating. How much fresh air is enough? It is very difficult for humans to detect low levels of health hazard. An ideal ventilation system would include sensors that could detect the presence of excessive humidity and all harmful agents in order to provide fresh air accordingly, but no such system exists yet. Therefore, our best option at present is to err on the side of safety, and provide a minimum fresh outdoor

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air supply at all times. Most building codes rely on the *ASHRAE standard 62.2 [or some variation of it] to establish ventilation norms for homes. *ASHRAE [American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers] is the most respected and authoritative source for interior air quality standards. ASHRAE 62.1 and 2 are the recognized standards for ventilation and indoor air quality [IAQ].

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1 According to Ecohome’s engineer Denis Boyer, in most parts of Canada with very specific building dimensions, orientation and window design, the sun can provide sufficient heat to keep a house around normal room temperature with no auxiliary heat source, even in the dead of winter. Using regionally-specific climate data [average temperatures, sun hours and cloud coverage] and analysing it through Passive House Planning Package software [PHPP], Ecohome can determine the thermal performance and design parameters required to achieve 0 kWh of heat demand in a given location. While they have several homes in the design phase, there is only one NZH house standing so far, and with that Ecohome

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Green Builder Media. The Kenogami House [featured on page 38] in

Zero

Northern Quebec has an NZH rating of 14.6 kWh and holds the the highest LEED score ever achieved in Canada [106]. Despite the name and the concept, the Ecohome design team is

Heat

quick to point out that aiming for zero heat demand is not always recommended for the good of the planet or your wallet. There may come a point where you are best to stop insulating and start heating, as in some cases you man not recoup the financial investment nor the energy used to produce added insulation. “This is not a rigid system intended to chase a goal at any cost” says engineer Denis Boyer, “The shape, wall assembly, orientation and location of your home may mean your lowest impact and best return on investment happens by limiting insulation at a given point, and adding a bit of heat. The intent of this program is to help you find that point.” The Net Zero Heat program pays homage to the Saskatchewan Conservation House built in 1977, and recognizes any home that can at least match its performance of 75 kWh per square meter per year of heat requirement. With one house built in a very harsh climate that stopped short of

Rating system and design service practical way to save energy

Our web partners at Ecohome.net have recently taken passive heating and cooling to a new level, and released a program called Net Zero Heat [NZH]. It is a rating system unlike most others, as it is also a design service that promotes an entirely new philosophy in home design.

Aiming for zero heat demand is not always recommended in Net Zero Heat design, as economics may dictate that at a certain point it’s best to stop insulating and start heating. Net Zero Heat is about finding that point. [1]. Photo: Erin Warder, Architect: Andrew Reeves. The Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec is the fist house designed using the Net Zero Heat concept [2]. Photo: Alain Hamel.

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has a 2013 Home of the Year award under their belt from US-based

zero heat demand, Ecohome is looking for the first person to build a cold climate home with 0 kWh of heat demand. As they point out on their website, the ability to do so is a mathematical certainty, it just hasn’t been done yet. This is a high profile prize waiting to be claimed by the builder that wants it the most. Learn more at Netzeroheat.com.

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HigH-Performing GROHE Retro-Fit™ Shower System provides an easy upgrade without the renovation price tag: simply replace the existing shower head and arm and keep the existing valve. The heightadjustable hand shower transforms the system into a truly ideal “shower experience” for any age. Water flow is adjustable thanks to the simple-to-use diverter lever, allowing you to use water responsibly. A smart shower experience from head to toe.

GroHE.ca EcoJoy – the Six-Position Diverter allows the user to select one of the outlets or both. More importantly, it has three eco function settings to reduce and conserve water. DreamSpray – Advanced shower engines inside the shower head deliver precise and consistent water distribution to each individual nozzle. CoolTouch – Technology that ensures the entire outer surface never exceeds your preferred shower temperature. An innovative cooling channel creates a barrier between the hot water and the chrome surface – so it’s never too hot to handle.

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Quality windows. Mother Nature tested and approved. Whether it’s through our recycling programs or our LEAN manufacturing process, we strive to conserve precious resources and eliminate waste throughout our organization. All of our products are designed with conservation in mind. Our energy efficient lineup helps you reduce heating and cooling costs year round, saving you money. But don’t take our word for it. Chances are, the people you trust—trust All Weather Windows. Learn more about our initiatives at allweatherwindows.com/energy-performance 48

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