EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative

EQuilibrium™Communities is a three-year, $4.2M collaborative sustainable community demonstration initiative of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) under the Government of Canada’s ecoACTION initiatives. The initiative will continue until the end of 2012.

The EQuilibrium™Communities Initiative provides financial assistance for technical activities of selected neighbourhood development projects which, through their planning, design, implementation and operation, will provide measurable improvements over current approaches in the areas of energy and water consumption, protection of the natural environmental, land use planning, sustainable transportation and other features.

To date, the Government of Canada has announced funding under the EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative for the Station Pointe neighbourhood development in Edmonton, Alberta; the Ampersand project in Ottawa, Ontario; Ty-Histanis neighbourhood development 10km from Tofino, British Columbia; and Regent Park in Toronto, Ontario. Detailed information about each of the projects is available here.

The EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative builds on the success of the EQuilibrium™ Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative launched by CMHC in 2006, and supported by NRCan’s CanmetENERGY expertise. Fifteen EQuilibrium™  demonstration homes are currently planned, under construction, or completed and on display across Canada.  EQuilibrium™ demonstration homes are highly energy-efficient, low-environmental impact homes that provide healthy indoor living for their occupants, and produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis. 

EQuilibrium™ Communities project submissions were chosen through a national competition and evaluated by an external panel of industry experts against the following criteria:

  • Energy — an energy-efficient community that balances energy supply and use to minimize greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Land Use and Housing — a compact community with a balanced mix of activities, housing choices and commercial, institutional, recreational and industrial land uses;
  • Water, Waste Water and Storm Water — a community that will minimize the use and disposal of water and negative impacts on watersheds;
  • Transportation — a community that reduces fossil-fuel use from personal vehicle travel and provides opportunities for energy-efficient and healthy alternatives;
  • Natural Environment — a community that protects, enhances and restores the natural environment; and
  • Financial Viability — a marketable community that, through its design, operation, integration and financing, is economically viable over the long term.

To receive email update notifications on the EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative, please contact us at equilibrium.communities@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca



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