Cement Association of Canada

Cement Association of Canada

March 16, 2005 17:34 ET

B.C. Builders Win Big at 2005 Cement Association of Canada Housing Awards


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MARCH 16, 2005 - 17:34 ET

B.C. Builders Win Big at 2005 Cement Association of
Canada Housing Awards

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 16, 2005) - British
Columbia is flying the flag for excellence in concrete construction
after two B.C. builders took home three of the four 2005 Cement
Association of Canada (CAC) Housing Awards presented at a CAC sponsored
luncheon held in conjunction with the Canadian Home Builders'
Association's 62nd National Conference.

Homescape Building and Design Inc. of Summerland B.C was announced as
winner of the 2005 Award for Design Excellence and was runner-up for the
2005 Award for Outstanding Energy Efficiency for their unique home in
the Okanagan Valley demonstrating that you don't need to compromise
design to build an energy efficient home. The Design Excellence award is
given to a single-family or multi-family residential project that makes
extensive use of concrete building solutions, while demonstrating
outstanding design and functionality.

The Outstanding Energy Efficiency Award is given to the builder whose
Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) R2000 certified home has achieved the
highest energy efficiency rating based on HOT2000 analysis. Homescape's
Okanagan Valley property is heated by geothermal energy (heat drawn from
the earth itself) and achieved an energy efficiency of 43% below their
R2000 energy consumption target.

Homescape Building and Design's home addresses a range of environmental
goals, and makes use of numerous innovative technologies. All exterior
walls were built using insulating concrete forms (ICF) and concrete was
used for both interior and exterior detailing, including an acid-stained
concrete shower enclosure and stamped concrete surfaces on the driveway
and exterior decking.

ICFs are hollow foam blocks or panels, which are stacked to form the
shape of the walls of a home. The forms are filled with reinforced
concrete to create a solid structure, sandwiching a high-strength, long
lasting material between two layers of light, high-insulation foam.

Caporale Construction Ltd. of Victoria, B.C., was awarded Honourable
Mention in the Award for Design Excellence category. They were chosen
for their home located in Royal Bay just outside of Victoria.

Pat Caporale of Caporale Construction Ltd. and President of the BC
Canadian Homebuilders Association of BC says, "We're delighted to have
been chosen for this prestigious award. Building homes with concrete
means less construction waste, less maintenance and increased energy
efficiency. Concrete construction offers a healthier indoor air quality
and a quiet, comfortable living environment with unlimited design
potential. We are thrilled to see our work being recognized."

The CAC Housing Awards recognize residential concrete building solutions
that demonstrate exceptional energy performance and outstanding design
aesthetics. For more information on the Cement Association Housing
Awards visit: http://awards.cement.ca.

Anyone interested in seeing what a home constructed with ICFs looks and
feels like can do so by visiting the British Columbia Ready-Mixed
Concrete Association's (BCRMCA) 2005 "Homes with a Difference". There
are two showcase home locations: The Woods at Royal Bay in Victoria, and
Edgewater in Squamish. Both showcase homes will be open for viewing
starting Saturday, April 9 for four consecutive weekends. For more
information, including viewing times and addresses, visit
www.bcrmca.bc.ca

The Cement Association of Canada represents 100% of Canadian cement
producers. The CAC works with strategic partners to expand the use of
cement and concrete in Canada, provides technical and engineering
expertise to the users of concrete, and provides a vehicle for its
members to participate in public policy development. These efforts seek
to increase awareness of the industry's commitment to vibrant
communities, a healthy environment and a competitive economy.

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