Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

March 04, 2009 23:59 ET

Terra View Homes Recognized for Healthy Housing™ Practices

GUELPH, ON, March 4 - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
(CMHC) honoured Terra View Homes today under the CMHC Healthy Housing™
Recognition Program for its efforts in building healthier homes.

"CMHC recognizes Terra View Homes for its dedication to building healthy,
energy efficient homes that also incorporate design principles for seniors who
plan to remain in their home for as long as possible," said Peter Friedmann,
Ontario General Manager, CMHC.

Terra View Homes integrate on-site renewable energy, rainwater harvesting
and grey water recycling systems in their Guelph Rotary Green Dream Home,
which is currently under construction. The home's features include recycled
building materials, locally-produced stone and brick, and improved indoor air
quality through the use of zero emission products and superior ventilation.
The barrier-free design can be adapted to meet changing occupant needs and
reduces future renovation costs.

"The entire staff at Terra View Homes feel that this is the perfect
opportunity to showcase a way of building a healthier, more energy efficient
home, which will have positive health benefits while reducing the impact of
construction on the environment," said David Brix, Vice President, Terra View

Terra View Homes is based in Guelph, Ontario and builds award-winning
homes in the Guelph, Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge areas. The company has
completed more than 3,000 homes in the past 18 years. The company was
recognized by CMHC on February 7 at the Guelph and District Home Builders'
Association Annual President's Ball.

CMHC Healthy Housing™ Recognition Program honours builders and others
in Ontario who put their knowledge of CMHC's five Healthy Housing™
principles into practice. These five principles include: occupant health,
energy efficiency, resource efficiency, environmental responsibility, and
affordability. The program recognizes housing industry professionals who
demonstrate their knowledge by building, renovating or designing a home that
meets criteria under the principles.

As Canada's national housing agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC) draws on more than 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 more information, visit or call

Contact Information

  • Media inquiries: Beth Bailey, Canada Mortgage
    and Housing Corporation, Tel: (416) 218-3355; Andrew Lambden or David Brix,
    Terra View Homes, Tel: (519) 763-8580