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 G 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 surprises.” 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 evergreenconcepts.ca, or construction. Ian Gray photo building a new home. Ian Gray photo calls at 613-267-6721.
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