July 8- Toronto Companies Help Build Energy Efficient House

July 8, 2008

For Immediate Release
July 8, 2008

Toronto Companies Help Build Energy Efficient House
Project by BILD Members One of North America's 'Greenest'

TORONTO - The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) are building a house showcasing the best in conservation and sustainable technology as party of an environmental education program at the Kortright Centre in Vaughan.

The "Archetype Sustainable House" will be a state-of-the-art facility incorporating leading-edge energy efficiency and will be one of the most efficient renewable energy homes found throughout North America. More than 150 volunteers will use materials from sponsors in the blitz construction consisting of only 17 days.

"This is an exciting opportunity for our members to get engaged with a wonderful project that will give back to our community and help build a greener GTA" said Michael Moldenhauer, President of BILD. "Builders, developers, and suppliers are all updating the way they do business. Through the Archetype Sustainable House, we're choosing newer technologies to ensure a greener future for all of us."

The two semi-detached units in the house will showcase the best green building practices currently available, and what could be achieved in the future. Energy and water conservation technologies, as well as material sourcing and construction processes will be addressed. Each home will be rated under a variety of new home labeling systems including EnergyStar, GreenHouse, LEED for Homes and R-2000 labels. These houses will showcase for community leaders and residents in the Greater Toronto Area what can be achieved with a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.

"This house, constructed using volunteers and donated materials will serve as an educational facility for trades, builders, students and the public, with more than 150,000 visitors projected annually," said Brian Denney, Chief Administrative Officer, TRCA. "This project is part of our commitment to encourage individuals and businesses to find creative ways of developing healthy urban spaces that minimize ecological footprints, improve quality of life and conserve the environment."

Constructed using volunteers and sponsored materials, the house will serve as an education facility for trades, builders, students and the public, with more than 150,000 visitors projected annually. With the Archetype Sustainable House, industry and government leaders are reaching out to form learning partnerships, and engaging the community.  This collaborative leadership will pave the way for sustainable, livable, and affordable communities in Ontario.

Builders and construction workers throughout the GTA are invited to join the build, add expertise, and learn from others. This project promises to push the boundaries of conventional construction, demonstrating both the rewards and challenges of building "green."

"The truly unique feature, and the most significant benefit of this home, lies not in the design or in the technology, but in the nature of the partnership itself," said Larry Brydon of Toronto, LEED® AP with Reliance Home Comfort, an active member of BILD and the Sustainable House project. "TRCA and BILD members are leading the way to educate the public on how they can contribute to a more sustainable environment through an environmentally-friendly house."

About BILD: Established in 1921, the Building Industry and Land Development Association serves more than 1,500 member companies engaged in residential land development, home building, professional renovation and all related supply, service and professional industry segments.. More information is at www.bildgta.ca.

About TRCA: With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®-a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca