Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

March 16, 2009 23:59 ET

Laebon CHESS EQuilibrium™ Demonstration Home Officially Opens in Red Deer Alberta

RED DEER, AB, Jan. 16 - Today, the Government of Canada announced
the official opening of the Laebon Canadian Housing Energy Sustainable
Solutions (CHESS) demonstration home, an energy-efficient and
environmentally-friendly home in Red Deer Alberta. The CHESS project is the
third CMHC EQuilibrium™ demonstration home to open in Alberta, and the
sixth across Canada.

The home was built by Laebon Homes as part of Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation's (CMHC) EQuilibrium™ Sustainable Housing Demonstration
Initiative, which encourages builders and developers to build the next
generation of sustainable housing in Canada.

"The Government of Canada is proud to work with forward-looking
private-sector partners to develop such innovative homes. We congratulate
Laebon Homes on its demonstration home," said the Honourable Diane Finley,
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and Minister Responsible
for CMHC. "The Laebon CHESS home gives people in this community an opportunity
to see first-hand how we can create beautiful, healthy homes, conserve energy
and resources, and reduce pollutant emissions."

EQuilibrium™ demonstration homes are designed to be healthy to live
in, produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis, and have very
low environmental impact. To achieve this, the Laebon CHESS Project combines
state-of-the-art energy-efficient design and construction techniques with
renewable energy production.

"This is an exciting time for homebuyers. The housing market is changing,
being justifiably pulled toward greater energy efficiency and responsibility
to our environment," said Gord Bontje, President of Laebon Homes. "The Laebon
CHESS Project is our response to that challenge, a revolutionary laboratory
for testing the principles behind NetZero housing in a reasonably hostile
climate. This innovative opportunity has allowed us to showcase healthy, green
technology which will benefit future generations."

The Laebon CHESS Project is one of 12 projects that won CMHC's national
EQuilibrium™ sustainable housing competition in 2007 and are now turning
their design concepts into real homes. All EQuilibrium™ projects will be
open for public and professional audiences for demonstration, and then
monitored for performance by CMHC for one year, once occupied.

CMHC's EQuilibrium™ Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative
provides a new approach to housing in Canada, representing a fundamental
change in the way Canadians think about their homes. It strives to balance our
housing needs with those of the environment. It brings together-under one
roof-the principles of occupant health and comfort, energy efficiency,
renewable energy production, resource and water conservation, and reduced
environmental impact.

CMHC has worked closely with many stakeholders to develop and deploy
EQuilibrium™. In particular, CMHC has collaborated closely with Natural
Resources Canada which has contributed substantial research and development
expertise and resources to advancing the initiative.

As Canada's national housing agency, 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,
healthy communities and cities across the country.

For more information, call 1-800-668-2642.

Contact Information

  • Julie Vaux, Director of Communications, Office
    of the Honourable Diane Finley, Tel.: (819) 994-2482; Carol Mulley, Marketing
    Principal, Prairie and Territories Region, Canada Mortgage and Housing
    Corporation, Office: (403) 515-2997, Cell: (403) 585-9317