Building a great home that is also environmentally friendly by epq17009


									PAGE 4 - FALL HOME & GARDEN - PERTH COURIER WEEKENDER - Friday, September 26, 2008

                      Building a great home that is
                      also environmentally friendly
    BY COURIER STAFF            ronmental footprint.             continuous envelope from

        reen is not a fad;         “It’s easy to take (the       the outside, preventing
        it’s    not     going   green approach) to an            heat loss of wood fram-
        away.                   extreme,” Pat said. “These       ing. Rated at R25, they
  This is something Pat         aren’t straw-bale homes.         are 40 per cent more
and Céline Shank believe        (Going green) is doable          effective than traditional
strongly and it’s why they      within a budget...when           insulation methods, such
have been offering “light       done properly.”                  as batt insulation, vapour
to medium green” home-             The Shanks take things        barrier and strapping.
building concepts and           one step at a time with            There are no harmful
designs for 20 years.           clients, and help them           gas emissions and no in-
   Located just east of         understand just how easy         side condensation devel-
Perth on Hwy. 7, Evergreen      it is to plan for future green   ops. Because the design
Concepts is easily found        and healthy additions to         combines framing and in-
at the intersection with        new or existing homes or         sulation, installation is
Leach’s Road – just look        cottages.                        fast. There are no CFCs,
for the windmill and the           They work on design           HCFCs or coolant gases,
new model home that has         concepts        with     their   which means there are
been taking shape this          clients, and help evaluate       no ozone-depleting emis-
summer.                         individual budgets. “We          sions.
  The building consultant       take it one step at a              Furthermore, says Pat,
couple has been building        time and see where their         the panels are made with-
country homes with a            passions take them.”             in two hours of Perth,
difference over the past           Evergreen         Concepts    reducing shipping and
two decades, beginning by       provides everything from         the resulting contribution
paying close attention to       simple cabin plans and           to environmental decline.
what they design and how,       kits to complete home            The panels arrive on large
creating       cost-efficient,   packages, using their            tractor trailers, and are
healthier, energy-efficient      unique pre-insulated pan-        put up fast, saving money
homes and cottages.             el technology. They can          and reducing the amount
  They       place    serious   even create timber-frame         of waste produced on site.
weight on the environ-          options that can be easily       Every little thing helps.
mental impact their de-         and economically added             The entire process be-
signs will have. Their goal     to any design.                   gins with proper design
is not to go overboard             The structural insulated      work, he says. “Site visits
with green elements in          panels, or SIPs, are made        are very important (during
their designs, but rather,      with recycled polystyrene        initial planning),” noted
to show how inexpensive         and completely eliminate         Céline. It’s important that
it can be to make a dif-        air leaks, as the entire wall    the building is facing the
ference to one’s envi-          structure is wrapped in a        proper direction to take

                                                                                               Evergreen Concepts, east of Perth on Hwy. 7, builds custom country
                                                                                               homes with a difference, providing clients with designs that fit their
                                                                                               needs, desires and budget.                  Photo courtesy of Evergreen Concepts

                                                                                               advantage of the sun, for      ly responsible alterna-
                                                                                                                           the property. “Nine times
                                                                                               example.                    out of 10, (the property)
                                                                                                                              tives to power, including
                                                                                                 The couple even en-       doesn’t work for wind
                                                                                                                              solar- and wind-power
                                                                                               courages people to call     (power generation), but
                                                                                                                              packages. Their home and
                                                                                               them before purchasing      will for solar.”
                                                                                                                              office east of Perth is ba-
                                                                                               land, to discuss how a        Going further with more
                                                                                                                              sically off the traditional
                                                                                               home or cottage might       than just their designs,
                                                                                                                              grid, using solar and wind
                                                                                               best be constructed on      they offer environmental-
                                                                                                                              power, and purchasing
                                                                                                                              any additional required
                                                                                                                              power from Bullfrog
                                                                                                                              Power, which supplies
                                                                                                                              power from emission-free
                                                                                                                              power sources such as
                                                                                                                              wind and water.
                                                                                                                                 Evergreen Concepts fo-
                                                                                                                              cuses on clients within
                                                                                                                              a two-hour drive from
                                                                                                                              Perth if the company is
                                                                                                                              constructing a home or
                                                                                                                              cottage with its own crew,
                                                                                                                              but will go further to assist
                                                                                                                              a do-it-yourself builder,
                                                                                                                              for whom the company
                                                                                                                              won’t be doing any
                                                                                                                              building. Pat has helped
                                                                                                                              clients with budgets and
                                                                                                                              designs in locations as far
                                                                                                                              away as the Gaspé and
                                                                                                                              Bruce Peninsula.
                                                                                                                                The company provides
                                                                                                                              start-to-finish service and
                                                                                                                              because fees are capped,
                                                                                                                              Pat says, “people know
                                                                                                                              exactly what they’re get-
                                                                                                                              ting into. There are no
                                                                                                                                 Evergreen Concepts is
                                                                                                                              an Energy Star-certified
                                                                                                                              builder and also holds
                                                                                                                              LEED (Leadership in En-
                                                                                                                              ergy and Environmental
                                                                                                                              Design) Canada rating
                                                                                                                              system certification, some-
                                                                                                                              thing Pat says is the
                                                                                                                              future in building, going
                                                                                                                              far beyond the standards
                                                                           The model home being constructed at                of Energy Star.
                                                                                                                                The Shanks welcome
Building consultants Céline and Pat Shank have been helping people         Evergreen Concept’s Hwy. 7 and Leach’s Road visits to their office, to
create their dream homes for 20 years, adding subtle green elements        location allows homebuilders to examine the        their online home at www.
that help reduce the environmental footprint during and after              variety of options available when designing and, or
construction.                                               Ian Gray photo building a new home.                Ian Gray photo calls at 613-267-6721.

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