Eco-housing project partners receive Mayor’s Environmental Awards
July 25, 2011 - MartinDavis EcoHousing Inc. and Maple Leaf Homes are the latest winners of the City of Fredericton’s Mayor’s Environmental Award.
“We are pleased to be recognizing two more partners in the sustainable development project at The Meadows at Neill Farm”, said Mayor Brad Woodside. “Efficient, net zero housing is the future of home building and it is great to see two local companies step up to the plate.”
Jim Martin and Jim Davis of MartinDavis EcoHousing are the developers and sellers of the six-unit townhouse project in Devon. The units will be fitted with Bosch alternative energy technology, including photovoltaic, geothermal, and solar, installed and serviced by EcoPlusHome, previous winner of the Mayor’s Environmental Award. The development is poised to be the first of its kind in North America, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions over homes without the technology by up to 81 percent.
“We are very pleased to be a dealer of Eco Plus Home for the Fredericton area and excited to be completing the first six of these amazing homes by September”, says developer Jim Davis. “We will be inviting the public to an open house this Fall and will announce the exact time and date well in advance.”
Maple Leaf Homes of Fredericton is the fourth member of the townhouse project, and will build the homes to achieve a minimum of EnerGuide 94 rating. Operating in the City since 1985, Maple Leaf Homes employs 400 people at peak times, and is considered to be the leading manufacturer of energy efficient housing in Atlantic Canada. Portions of the townhouses will be built at their facility on Wilsey Road, and then transported to the site for installation. Then, working with EcoPlusHome, the house will be fitted with alternative energy sources, and completed on-site.
Sales Manager, Jacques Roy from Maple Leaf Homes, is enthusiastic about the project. “We are very proud to be working in partnership with MartinDavis EcoHousing on what will be one of the most exciting alternative energy housing projects in Canada. EcoPlusHome in partnership with Maple Leaf Homes and Bosch have developed the most energy efficient and affordable alternative energy homes on the market with projects underway in Fredericton, Bathurst, Moncton and Halifax and many more to come.”
Some of the building’s key features are: innovative energy efficient designs; energy efficient Low E Argon windows; high EnerGuide ratings that translate into low monthly energy costs; central air exchange; highly efficient basement insulation; R-25 fiberglass Insulation in walls and R-50 in ceiling; and, all openings sealed with caulking and foam. These features, coupled with the alternative energy technologies of EcoPlusHome, make the project eligible for a $7500 incentive from Efficiency New Brunswick for the homebuyer
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