Lafarge Hands Over Keys to the First NetZero Energy Precast Concrete Homes in North America

Lafarge Hands Over Keys to the First NetZero Energy Precast Concrete Homes in 
North America 
EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Lafarge has made homeownership 
possible for two hard-working Edmonton families through Habitat for Humanity. 
Partnering with Stantec to design the first NetZero energy precast concrete 
homes in North America, the team has targeted LEED® Platinum certification. 
Representatives from Lafarge and Stantec had the honour today of presenting 
keys to the recipient Habitat families. Building with precast concrete allows 
the homes to benefit from significant thermal mass. For the next two years the 
homes' energy performance will be monitored by the Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology to determine if the high-efficiency design delivers on an 
operational basis. Learnings from all stages of the project will be 
incorporated in other sustainable residential solutions. 
"These types of projects are so important if we are to find sustainable 
solutions to affordable home ownership," said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, 
Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. "The partnership between Habitat, Lafarge and 
Stantec demonstrates how community partners can work together for the benefit 
of humanity." 
"Lafarge is committed to building better cities and this project is an ideal 
example. Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Stantec has allowed us 
to do innovative research on the energy efficiency that concrete brings to 
buildings while helping two deserving families attain home ownership.  From a 
sustainable construction and sustainable communities perspective, Lafarge 
could not be prouder of all this duplex has achieved," commented Larry Diduck, 
Vice President- Edmonton. 
"Working with Lafarge and this group of designers to find solutions that make 
sustainable precast concrete homes a reality has been an exciting challenge, 
and the result is a testament to the teamwork that has taken place over the 
last two years," says Keith Shillington, Edmonton Capital Region Vice 
President at Stantec. "Habitat for Humanity is such a valuable partner in the 
community for Stantec, and designing homes for two of their families made this 
project even more meaningful for our team." 
Volunteers began construction on July 10, 2012 and a total of 3,050 hours were 
given by 159 different volunteers. As a charity, Habitat mobilizes volunteers 
and community partners to bring their affordable home ownership model to hard 
working families. The NetZero Energy project has been embraced by many in the 
community, the corporate sector, small business sector, by individuals and 
municipal and provincial governments. 
"The NetZero project is another milestone for Habitat for Humanity that 
supports sustainability on so many levels," said Municipal Affairs Minister 
Doug Griffiths. "Habitat for Humanity and its partners deserve our recognition 
for being affordable housing leaders and ensuring our communities are built 
with the environment in mind, while supporting Albertans in need." 
The land for the state-of-the-art duplex was made possible by the City of 
Edmonton Cornerstones program. 
"The City of Edmonton continues to benefit from the partnerships established 
through the Cornerstones Plan for Affordable Housing," said Mayor Stephen 
Mandel. "Working with Habitat for Humanity, we've been able to help build 
attractive, affordable homes for families who need them, and energy-efficient 
design will keep them affordable for years to come." 
The homes are designed and constructed to be sustainable, which complements 
Habitat's sustainable home ownership program. The two Habitat homeowners will 
pay an interest-free mortgage to Habitat and their payments will never be more 
than 25 percent of their income. The families' mortgage payments are then 
reinvested into building more Habitat homes, ensuring an ongoing Habitat 
program. Families also contribute 500 hours of "sweat equity" on Habitat build 
sites as a down payment for their home. 
Many others partnered with Habitat, Lafarge and Stantec to make this project a 
reality: Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton Cornerstones, Kassian Dyck 
Associates, Dow Chemical Canada, All Weather Windows, NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul 
Services, Landmark Solar Productions, Vital Engineering, Clark Ecoscience and 
Sustainability, RBBN Contractors and Painting Ltd., Cascade Aqua-Tech, Irving 
Wire Products Corporation, Canada Green Building Council – Alberta Chapter, 
Eco Ammo, Deck X, Siteline Inc, Whirlpool, Patching Associates Acoustical 
Engineering Ltd., Hunter Douglas, NIC, Schneider Electric, Eco Synergy, 
Threshold Energies, and Ecobee. 
About Lafarge    Lafarge is Canada's largest provider of solutions to the 
construction and development industry. With more than 6000 employees across 
Canada, our mission is to provide construction solutions that build better 
cities and communities. The cities where we live, work, and raise our families 
along with the infrastructure that supports our communities such as roads, 
bridges, transportation links, water, and waste management benefit from the 
solutions provided by Lafarge. 
As a global top-ranking player in construction materials, Lafarge impacts the 
construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions 
providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, 
more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building 
materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its 
priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to 
better serve architectural creativity. 
Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability 
World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its 
sustainable development actions.

SOURCE  Lafarge North America Inc. 
Jennifer Lewis, Director, Western Canada Communications,, Tel: (403) 723.7151, Cell: (403) 835.6603 
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