Handing over the keys to the first NetZero-energy precast concrete homes in North America.

Posted on October 31, 2013

We’re proud to have made homeownership possible for two hard-working Edmonton families through Habitat for Humanity. And they’re not just regular homes. They’re net-zero-energy homes. That means they will produce more energy than they’ll consume over the course of a year.

We partnered with Stantec to design the first NetZero energy precast concrete homes in North America, and we’re hoping for LEED® Platinum certification. Building with precast concrete allows the homes to benefit from significant thermal mass. To prove the project’s extreme efficiency performance, for the next two years the homes' energy use 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.”

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 new owners were handed the keys on October 17, 2013.

The land for the state-of-the-art duplex was made possible by the City of Edmonton Cornerstones program. 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.

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