TORONTO—A Canadian chapter of The Active House Alliance has officially been launched, which included a signing ceremony that brought together construction industry leaders, planners, academics, architects and Danish royalty.
The Canadian launch is part of a Danish Trade Mission to Canada led by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. The Canadian members to form the alliance include Great Gulf, VELUX Canada, Roxul Inc. and the University of Waterloo.
"We're excited that Canadian companies share our vision," said Kirt Emil Eriksen, Secretary General of Active House in Brussels. "Our goal is more homes to be built here in Canada and around the world with well-being, efficiency and social responsibility as the cornerstone."
President of Great Gulf Low-Rise, Tad Putyra, is spearheading the Canadian chapter and is one of the founders of the global Active House Alliance.
"Great Gulf has been searching for a solution that embraces social responsibility through environmental stewardship and accountability," said Putyra. "We expanded this into the internal environment of the house to provide tangible lifestyle values to the homeowner. We achieved this holistic approach to homebuilding through good design, quality of air, daylight studies and modern automation supported by building science."
The Alliance is a non-profit organization that promotes buildings that are healthier and more comfortable, featuring energy-efficient solutions for walls and heating systems.