EQuilibrium™ Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative

EQuilibrium™ Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative

(Theme 2 – Energy, Theme 3 – Design)

Organization: Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC)

Timeline for Completion: Started 2007 Ongoing


EQuilibrium™ is a national Sustainable Housing Demonstration initiative, led by CMHC, that brings the private and public sectors together to develop homes that combine resource and energy-efficient technologies with renewable energy technologies in order to reduce their environmental impact.

The Goals of the EQuilibrium™ Initiative
The goals of the EQuilibrium™ housing initiative are to:
1.Develop a clear vision and approach to develop and promote low-environmental impact healthy housing across Canada.
2.Build the capacity of Canada’s home builders, developers, architects and engineers to design and build EQuilibrium™ homes and communities across the country;
3.Educate consumers on the benefits of owning an EQuilibrium™ home and achieve market acceptance of EQuilibrium™ houses and sustainable communities; and
4.Enhance Canada’s domestic and international leadership and business opportunities in sustainable housing design, construction services and technologies.

The vision for the EQuilibrium™ housing initiative is that of an active partnership between all levels of government and industry to ultimately achieve zero environmental impact homes.

Through the EQuilibrium initiative, CMHC and its supporters will play a key role in informing Canadian home buyers of the immediate and long-term value, benefits and savings associated with owning an EQuilibrium™ home. CMHC will also seek opportunities to engage the home building industry to help develop their capacity to design and build sustainable housing to broaden the EQuilibrium initiative beyond the initial demonstration homes.

The EQuilibrium™ housing initiative represents a significant step forward in reducing the energy intensity of Canada’s housing sector, supporting our growing need for renewable energy solutions and helping Canada maintain a clean and healthy environment.

With the support of industry and government, EQuilibrium™ will help ensure the future success of Canada’s housing industry both at home and in increasingly competitive markets around the world. It will also help to ensure that Canadians have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and healthy, vital and sustainable communities to live in for generations to come.

Inspiration — The Minto ecohome

Inspiration — The Minto ecohome is an innovative, energy-efficient single family home in the village of Manotick, a picturesque community in the south-end of Ottawa, Ontario.

Inspiration — The Minto ecohome is a new, two-story, 218.5 m2 (2,352 sq. ft.) detached home. It is situated in a mixed-use, master-planned suburban development bordering the community of Manotick within the city of Ottawa that will include small commercial establishments and parks. The goal of the builder / developer, Minto Developments Ltd., is to design and build a sustainable house that annually produces as much energy as it consumes.
The plan for Inspiration — The Minto ecohome began with an Integrated Design Charrette (or planning session) carried out by Minto Developments Ltd.. The session resulted in a shopping list of more than 300 improvements over conventional home design.
One of the most important features is the high level of insulation in the building envelope, including double wall construction with strategically located triple pane windows. A ventilation system uses solar pre-heated air to maintain humidity and temperature levels, and ensures that each room is well ventilated and comfortable at all times.

The ecohome is designed to draw on solar thermal and photovoltaic power sources to produce more energy than it consumes each year. In addition, the home features a host of cutting-edge innovations, including an “all-off” switch that home owners can use whenever they leave the house to turn off not only the lights, but all computers, cable boxes, amplifiers and other unnecessary phantom-load power consumption.

With its high tech features and advanced building envelope, the Minto ecohome confidently answers the call to action for sustainable housing in Canada.

Key Design Features:
•Highly insulated building envelope
•Triple pane low-e argon filled windows
•Sophisticated solar heat recovery ventilation system
•Site-specific layout and design
•Solar thermal and photovoltaic systems designed to produce more energy than is consumed annually


For Information on Minto’s Green Intiatives Please Contact:

Jessica Huddleston, Sustainability
The Minto Group

Contact Information:

October 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Project entered on: October 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm

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