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Extremely Eco Houses

Students Build Canada's Greenest Home in Ontario

— January 27, 2012 — Eco
The Endeavour Centre, an Ontario-based nonprofit organization offering programs and instruction on sustainable building and design, has embarked on a new project called Canada's Greenest Home. Students from The Endeavour Centre's Sustainable New Construction certificate program will be coming together to build a 2,000 square-foot house in Peterborough, Ontario. The project will take place over a period of five months this coming summer.

As for the house's environmentally friendly elements, well, it's not called Canada's Greenest Home for nothing. Using the Living Building Challenge as a standard, the house will be built so that it meets net zero energy requirements. Further, it will be completely constructed from locally sourced and eco-friendly materials (for instance, natural paints will be used and its walls will be made from pre-fabricated straw bales), and it will collect its own water and treat its own waste.
Trend Themes
1. Sustainable Housing - Using eco-friendly materials and net-zero energy requirements for all new residential and commercial buildings.
2. Local Sourcing - The use of locally sourced materials in building and construction projects, promoting regional economic growth and reducing transportation-related emissions.
3. Green Education - Incorporating training and instruction on sustainable building practices and materials into traditional trade and vocational programs to develop a new generation of green builders and designers.
Industry Implications
1. Construction - Developing and adopting new sustainable building practices and materials to reduce emissions, improve energy efficiency, and promote eco-friendliness in commercial and residential construction industries.
2. Education - Providing training and educational programs focused on sustainable building and design practices to prepare the next generation of builders and designers for a more eco-conscious future.
3. Sustainability Consulting - Offering specialized consulting services in the areas of sustainable building and design to help architects, designers, and builders reduce their environmental impact and promote more sustainable practices.
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