Nov 27, 2018

Qualico Joins The Canadian Home Builders’ Association Net Zero Energy Housing Council

Winnipeg, MB – Qualico takes great pride in being at the forefront of innovative, high-performance housing. On November 1, the company became an official member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s (CHBA) Net Zero Energy Housing Council.

Darren Chambers, Director of Corporate Purchasing & Process Improvement, will sit at the table as a Builder Member, along with a number of other like-minded Canadian homebuilders, such as Vereco Homes Inc., RND Construction, and K&P Contracting Ltd.

There is a wide range of Committee members, including single-operators and estate-level builders, each bringing a unique and valuable voice to the conversation.


The Committee’s mandate is to deliver services that will support members’ adoption of Net Zero Energy housing, including identifying barriers, finding solutions, transferring knowledge, informing policy, accelerating action and increasing efficiencies.

CHBA is also looking to ensure that all homebuilders are working toward attaining the 2030 emissions targets, as set by The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. In 12 years’ time, Canadian homebuilders will have a new set of standards and policies to adhere to, with the ultimate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005’s levels.

“We want to ensure that we’re on the leading edge of understanding where the industry is going with regards to Net Zero housing,” said Darren. “The Net Zero Energy Housing Council Committee provides us with the perfect arena to talk about everything from development all the way through to marketing and selling a Net Zero home. It’s an incredible opportunity to truly understand the challenges that the CHBA is dealing with in order to make Net Zero mainstream.”

The Committee convenes on a quarterly basis, and on October 16th, Darren had the opportunity to visit Ottawa and attend the Council meeting as an observer.

“For me, it was a great opportunity to meet some of the other builders and have in-depth conversations around marketing, development and the process of educating consumers on what ‘Net Zero’ is,” said Darren.

While in Ottawa, the Committee also took the time to tour an exceptional 4,000 sq. ft. Net Zero home, which featured an energy efficient heat pump mechanical system, an expansive series of solar panels and exterior board insulation.

The Net Zero Energy Housing Council is set to meet again in March 2019, with the goal of advancing its key priorities around marketing, education and financial analysis. Darren will be on-hand to advance Qualico’s investment in the future of sustainable homebuilding.

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