November 21, 2005

Factor 9 homebuilding project will demonstrate residential sustainability

REGINA, SASK-The Saskatchewan Research Council and Communities of Tomorrow, a Regina funding agency, have broken ground on a project to demonstrate a new energy-efficient home project that will use 90% less energy and 50% less water than a comparable 1970s-era home in Regina of the same size. The project, called The Factor 9 Home: A New Prairie Approach, will provide a showcase for residential energy and water conservation technologies. Factor 9 is the number derived by calculating what residential energy use should be for the world to be sustainable. Construction of the Factor 9 home should be completed in 2006. The home will make use of new and current technologies and products readily available for purchase by other homeowners. Its energy and environmental features will address exterior site issues and water use, indoor environment, recycling of household waste, construction waste management, low-embodied energy of building materials and building durability. The project is being sponsored by Communities of Tomorrow ($100,000), Saskatchewan Office of Energy Conservation ($50,000), Saskatchewan Research Council ($50,000), Panbrick and Emercor, along with the Holzkaemper family (the homeowner). Other partners include the University of Regina and the City of Regina. More information about the project is available from Karen Potter at the Saskatchewan Research Council, 306/933-7089, Web site

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