LAVAL, QUE.—The city of Laval, local dignitaries and construction stakeholders celebrated the opening of Quebec's, and Canada's, largest net-zero energy residential complex to date on Feb. 23 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Partners in the project include Owens Corning Canada and Construction Voyer, with some funding provided by Natural Resources Canada. The building consists of six condominiums and represents Canada's largest net-zero low-rise residential demonstration project, indicates a media statement. Net-zero energy homes are designed to produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis through the use of innovative technologies and renewable energy sources.
The federal government has contributed $1.96 million towards the Integrating Renewables and Conservation Measures in a Net-Zero Energy Low-Rise Residential Subdivision project, supporting the creation of five net-zero energy housing communities across the country. The funding was directed through Natural Resources Canada's ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative.
Besides sophisticated heating and cooling equipment, net-zero projects participating in this initiative feature solar photovoltaic panels on the roof and an innovative exterior insulation system called the CodeBord Air Barrier System.
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