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Natural Resources Canada

March 09, 2006 15:05 ET

Energy-Efficient Housing: Project Debuts Air-Handling System

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 9, 2006) - Funding from the Government of Canada is
helping homeowners in Hamilton to conserve energy and reduce peak power
consumption during summer heat waves. Today, a new air-handling system makes
its debut at a new Hamilton townhouse development.

Developed by Ecologix Heating Technologies Inc. of Cambridge, with
$400,000 in support from Natural Resources Canada and the National Research
Council, the Zone Comfort System is a simple, inexpensive technology available
to all residents. It allows combination-heating systems to operate with
greatly improved efficiency year-round.

With its sophisticated compact boiler and forced air handler, there is
less energy consumption in both winter and summer, with heating and cooling
distributed to different parts of the house when and where needed.

"The Government of Canada is proud to be part of projects like this,"
said Gary Goodyear, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, on behalf of the
Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. "We are working with
industry to bring clean energy technologies to market and lay the groundwork
for further innovation in the energy use and comfort of Canadian homes while
reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

"In terms of cooling performance, the Zone Comfort System excels," said
Ecologix president Steve Davies. "Its airtight, pre-engineered duct system and
floor-by-floor airflow control ensures that the cool air produced by the air
conditioner gets to where it is needed. A built-in dehumidification cycle
delivers superior air-conditioned comfort. Together, these features lead to
lower electricity consumption and ultimately savings for the homeowner."

A boon for the individual householder and the entire province, the Zone
Comfort System will provide an estimated savings of 3,300 kilowatt-hours a
year, per unit.

Duran Park Towers is a unique complex of six three-level vertical
townhouses developed by Passport Homes of Burlington. With this type of
townhouse comprising a growing portion of residential new construction in
major urban centres, the Zone Comfort System can be an environmentally
friendly, affordable way to provide excellent residential comfort, while still
adhering to the principles of energy conservation.


The Government of Canada is providing financial support to develop a
revolutionary air-handling system that is making its debut today at a Hamilton
townhouse project. The Zone Comfort system allows combination-heating systems
to operate with greatly improved efficiency year-round.

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