City company wins CMHC housing award

Canada Mort­gage and Housing Corporation honoured Terra View Homes recently under the its Healthy Housing Recognition Program for efforts in building healthier homes.

"CMHC recognizes Terra View Homes for its dedication to building healthy, energy efficient homes that also incor­porate design principles for seniors who plan to remain in their home for as long as possible," said Peter Fried­mann, Ontario General Man­ager of CMHC.

Terra View Homes integrate on-site renewable energy, rain­water harvesting and grey wat­er recycling systems in its Guelph Rotary Green Dream Home, which is currently under construction. The home’s feat­ures include recycled building materials, locally-produced stone and brick, and improved indoor air quality through the use of zero emission products and superior ventilation.

The barrier-free design can be adapted to meet changing occupant needs and reduces future renovation costs.

"The entire staff at Terra View Homes feel that this is the perfect opportunity to show­case a way of building a heal­thier, more energy efficient home, which will have positive health benefits while reducing the impact of construction on the environment," said David Brix, vice president of Terra View Homes.

The company is based in Guelph and builds homes in the Guelph, Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge areas. It has completed more than 3,000 homes in the past 18 years. It  was recognized by CMHC on Feb. 7 at the Guelph and Dis­trict Home Builders’ Associ­ation annual president’s ball.

CMHC Healthy Housing recognition program honours builders and others in Ontario who put their knowledge of CMHC’s five healthy housing principles into practice. Those include: occupant health, ener­gy efficiency, resource effici­ency, environmental responsi­bility, and affordability. The program recognizes housing industry professionals who dem­onstrate their knowledge by building, renovating, or designing a home that meets criteria under the principles.

As Canada’s national hous­ing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of experi­ence to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environ­mentally sustainable, and af­fordable homes – homes that will continue to create vibrant and healthy communities and cities across the country.

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