June 29, 2012
Lafarge Canada, Inc. raised the walls and roof of an innovative NetZero energy duplex made entirely of precast concrete, the first NetZero precast concrete home in Canada. The company partnered with Stantec, who provided the design for the duplex. Its design, along with sustainable materials, will help ensure energy efficiency and set the stage for providing more sustainable residential solutions with precast concrete. Lafarge is donating the duplex to Habitat for Humanity, who will then provide two families with the opportunity for affordable home ownership.
“Lafarge is thrilled to be in construction mode on the NetZero energy house,” Dennis Lattimore, Lafarge vice president, marketing, said in a press release. “From the beginning, this project has been a learning vehicle. During design and manufacturing, all of the partners have captured countless lessons about building toward a NetZero standard. We are pleased that soon the Habitat families will have the opportunity to live in and benefit from the built-in engineering.”
Two Habitat families will pay a mortgage to Habitat that is interest free, and their payments will never be more than 25 percent of their income. The families’ mortgage payments are then reinvested into building more Habitat homes.