January 28, 2015
SHF was very pleased to sponsor the Toronto Green Homes Summit organized by the Toronto chapter of the Canada Green Building Council. This full day event focused on how to market sustainable homes to Canadians: what are the challenges and what are the successes. The Toronto Star New in Homes covered the event and really captured the essence of the day.
View the Toronto Star article.
January 28, 2015
A room full of Edmonton area builders, designers and others interested in learning more about using the HERS scale to bring your new homes to “near zero”. John Godden facilitated a lively discussion. So much so, that the Sustainable Housing Foundation is looking to partner with an Alberta builder to complete a “near zero” demonstration home through its affiliated partner Project FutureProof. Steps are being taken to recruit an innovative builder who will work with us and with our partner manufacturers to really showcase a sustainable near zero home in Alberta.
If you missed the focus group have a look at the Edmonton Focus Group Handout. If you are a builder and want more information about how to get involved with our pilot project please contact our office by Email.
Wednesday November 19, 2014
Despite the first snow storm of the season over 40 people showed up for this dinner event. Some came from as far away as Cambridge and Stoney Creek- thank you to everyone who braved the GTA roads to attend the dinner event. A great cross section of builders, architects and designers, consultants, energy raters and municipal staff. First and foremost this was a networking event and secondly it gave SHF the opportunity to showcase the new Better Than Code video.
We are excited about the response we have been getting to this streamlined, easily understood approach to creating homes that are more sustainable and “better than code.” Municipal staff love it because it is less cumbersome to administer; builders love it because it takes into account all home components, and gives them some flexibility in achieving targets. Designers and architects love it because it is easy to explain to the homeowner and energy savings are clearly calculatable.
If you missed the dinner, take the time now to watch the video or download the Better Than Code Introduction presentation that John Godden and John Bell delivered at the dinner.
Halifax, October 3, 2014
John Godden, Founding Director of the Sustainable Housing Foundation, just returned from Halifax where he attended the Green Homes Summit- Atlantic Region. John was very impressed with the day’s events, especially the Keynote speaker Chris Higgins. “Vancouver has set the bar high for builders to build sustainable homes. They have managed to create a real green economy, something that the Sustainable Housing Foundation is working on as well.” John was pleased to hear that Toronto has invited Chris to Keynote their Summit in January. John, a 30-year veteran of the sustainable building industry in Canada comments that even he learned something from the workshops offered in Halifax!
The Sustainable Housing Foundation is a lead sponsor of all three Green Home Summits and is looking forward to attending the Toronto and Edmonton events in the New Year.