Platinum results for homeowners


May 23, 2012

Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg and ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design deliver Platinum results for homeowners

Platinum is the new green at Habitat for Humanity Manitoba, where nine houses in the Sir Sam Steele Housing Development have been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum for Homes Certification from the Canada Green Building Council, and an additional three received LEED Gold. The number of certifications for one project is unprecedented for the CaGBC.

The homes, designed by ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design will receive their certifications at a CaGBC Gala tomorrow evening.

"We're thrilled with this recognition that sustainability and affordability are utterly compatible," says Sandy Hopkins, Habitat for Humanity Manitoba CEO. "If Habitat for Humanity – which has to be so careful about how it spends donor dollars – can build green, then anyone building a home in St. Vital, River Heights or North Kildonan can do the same thing. It's incredibly inspiring."

Marten Duhoux, who designed the Sir Sam Steele homes along with Melanie Gagnon at ft3, says the process for creating the homes was quite unique.

"These homes were designed using a highly collaborative approach between Habitat, ft3 and our consultant team. The buildings obviously had to perform well from an energy efficiency perspective, but we wanted to maintain a sense of being 'home'. Working together, we were able to ensure the homes blended with their surroundings to be a vibrant part of their community."

LEED Certification is a big asset for Habitat homeowners, says Marten. "A LEED home is built to last, with durable materials created using sustainable methods and components. And because the homes are highly energy efficient, operating costs are substantially reduced. That's extremely important for people on fixed incomes."

The Habitat for Humanity Sir Sam Steele Housing Development is located in the 930 block of McCalman Ave off of Nairn Ave., with additional homes along Nairn, backing onto McCalman.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:
Ken McIntyre, VP, Marketing and Communications, Habitat for Humanity Manitoba
Phone: (204) 235-2402
Cell: (204) 250-9235