Home, Sweet, Home – HSTA’s Sustainable Building program’s 2010 project wins Award

May 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Congratulations to our Sustainable Building Design Team!

The 2010 project, a Habitat for Humanity home built in Peterborough, has won “Affordable Home of the Year” at the Inaugural Home Sweet Home Competition presented by Ontario Green Spec.

The Home was nominated by Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and District for its  innovative partnership that built a healthy, efficient, green and affordable home, incorporating local student talent from Fleming College’s Sustainable Building and Design Construction program.

This home included:
– low flow everything;
– rain barrels;
– minimal construction waste;
– providing bike storage and transit access;
– a host of local Ontario products;
– R35 structurally insulated straw-bale panels;
– solar hot water;
– radiant in-floor heating;
– an HRV and condensing furnace;
– targeting LEED Platinum;
– all for only $210,000.
On top of the outstanding ecological and economic accomplishments, this project also earned high social merits thanks to the student involvement through Fleming College.

What the Judges Liked: Everything! While this home was acclaimed in this category, it is an exquisite example of what is desirable and possible in the field of green affordable housing. A family was provided with a quality, healthy, efficient home while the students gained valuable hands-on research and construction skills in how to make affordable housing ‘green’ and ‘green’ housing affordable.

For more information on the Competition and HSTA’s win visit here

For more information about the Sustainable Building Design and Construction program visit here.

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