Lafarge Hands Over Keys to the First NetZero Energy Precast Concrete Homes in
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
"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,
Jennifer.Lewis@lafarge.com, Tel: (403) 723.7151, Cell: (403) 835.6603
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