I recently toured the First Ontario Green Home, a model home in the Williamsburg neighbourhood, built in Kitchener, Ontario in the spring of this year. This demonstration home is open for viewing and gives potential new home buyers a look at something BIG they can do for the environment, and for themselves, at a surprisingly economical price.
The Ontario Green Home is the result of an innovative partnership between Williamsburg Homes (itself a partnership between Reids Heritage Homes and Schlegel Urban Development) and working with the support of numerous sponsoring partners, including my husband Roger's business Lasting Impressions & Company Inc. Roger designed and manufactured the very unique centre kitchen island pictured below, and also a beautiful live-edge table and hardwood flooring in the dining room. This island was made from local trees (reclaimed Hard Maple top and the rest from Black Walnut).
Through educational signage and displays, the home demonstrates technologies, materials, and workmanship that make this home superior. Flexible option packages allow home buyers to easily choose healthier materials, more energy-efficient technologies, water-saving equipment, renewable energy hook-ups, and other choices to suit their lifestyle needs.
The Ontario Green Home is impressive! The 2,755 sq. ft. ‘Islington’ model is the first home in Waterloo Region to be registered in the LEED®-Canada for Homes Program. In addition to targeting LEED®-Platinum certification – Canada’s highest eco-ranking -- the Ontario Green Home will be ENERGY STAR® qualified, Solar Ready, and brimming with energy efficient features. These elements combined will save a homeowner up to $900 per year in utility fees and will significantly reduce the consumption of natural resources.
The Ontario Green Home also has a focus on home-grown Ontario products, recognizing not only the economic spin-offs but also the green benefits of shopping locally to reduce the environmental impacts of shipping products worldwide. While not every product in the home is Ontario-made, a concerted effort was made to support Ontario businesses where feasible. In addition, a new http://OntarioGreenSpec.ca gallery will be installed in the home to promote Ontario products that enable greener building practices.
Info shared here was found on the following website: http://OntarioGreenHome.com/
Feel free to take a look at this website for more details, and if you're interested in viewing the home, I would be happy to arrange that for you!