Clarington Recognizes Brookfield Residential, Halminen Homes and Jeffery Homes for their partnership in Priority Green Clarington

The Municipality of Clarington recognized three builders for their contribution to the Green Demonstration Project. Brookfield Residential, Halminen Homes and Jeffery Homes each received a certificate of recognition from the Municipality of Clarington for their work on the project. The certificates were presented at Monday’s council meeting. The Green Demonstration Project is a component of the Priority Green Clarington initiative.  Raising awareness, enhancing understanding and building support for green home building practices is a key objective of the Green Demonstration Project.

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Left to Right: Amy Burke (Priority Green Clarington Coordinator); Katrina Metzner Yarrow (Halminen Homes); Hannu Halminen (Halminen Homes); Mayor Adrian Foster; Scott Jeffery (Jeffery Homes); William Greig (Brookfield Residential; Erminio Labriola (Brookfield Residential); Bob Stewart (Brookfield Residential)

More information on the Green Demonstration Project component of Priority Green Clarington can be found here.

Better Builder Magazine Features Priority Green Clarington!

Better Builder Summer 2014 Issue 10

Priority Green Clarington’s Green Demonstration Project has been featured in the summer issue of Better Builder Magazine!

Click on the cover image (left) to access this latest issue, or visit www.betterbuilder.ca.

Articles you’ll want to be sure to turn to include…

Supporting Green Development Through Demonstration (Page 18), authored by the Municipality’s Priority Green Clarington Coordinator, Amy Burke, provides an introduction to the Green Demonstration Project’s goals, partner builders, and energy and water monitoring plans, as well as the potential opportunities from this study for the community.

In Three Perspectives – Small Town Feel and High Density Building (Page 21) Mayor Adrian Foster and Councillor Wendy Partner speak with journalist Aaron Kothiringer about the early roots of Priority Green Clarington, future aspirations for the initiative and important challenges that Clarington will face in planning for growth and sustainable development.

Green Country (Page 10) by Alex Newman speaks with our three partner builders – Brookfield Residential, Halminen Homes and Jeffery Homes – about their past experience with green construction practices and their eagerness to expand their sustainability knowledge through Priority Green Clarington’s Green Demonstration Project.

PRIORITY GREEN Clarington (Page 16) by Tracy Hanes examines some of the green practices being implemented in our six study homes and the collaborative process that was followed to identify these opportunities with our builder partners.

Learn more about the Green Demonstration Project here.

In addition to the Green Demonstration Project, Priority Green Clarington will involve the enhancement of policies, criteria, approval measures and incentives to encourage green development from the initial design of a neighbourhood through home construction.

Tell Us Your PRIORITY at the 2014 Spring Home & Garden Show

Going to the 2014 Sprbenefits bubbleing Home & Garden Show?

Visit us at booth #91/92 to learn about what the Municipality is doing to advance green development in Clarington and build liveable neighbourhoods.

This is one of the many opportunities where you can help us shape the building blocks of liveable and green neighbourhoods in our community.

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When:

Friday April 11     12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday April 12     10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday April 13     10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where:

Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, Bowmanville

PRIORITY GREEN Clarington is pleased to be part of the Municipality’s Planning Services and Building Division Spring Home & Garden Show exhibit.

Visit our Events & Activities page to learn more about this event and see where else PRIORITY GREEN Clarington will be visiting this spring.

PRIORITY GREEN Clarington Survey Says…Part III

This is the third edition of a four-part series highlighting key findings from a community survey undertaken in August 2013. The survey, involving 1,000 households from throughout Clarington, represented a first step in seeking resident input for the Priority Green Clarington initiative.

The survey results offer insight on how “green” features factor into residents’ decision making when undertaking home improvements, or buying a new home. In addition, it examines what green features residents would like Clarington neighbourhoods to have and their perceptions about approaches to accommodating growth, including higher density development.

This is what residents told us when asked questions about the the design and features of local neighbourhoods…

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There is growing recognition of both the health and environmental benefits associated with reduced dependency on automobiles and an active lifestyle.  Supporting and encouraging safe and convenient walking and cycling within our residential neighbourhoods will be an important component of the green development criteria to be established as part of PRIORITY GREEN Clarington.

Stay tuned to learn more about the results of the PRIORITY GREEN Clarington community survey.

Survey Says – Part II

This is the second edition of a four-part series highlighting key findings from a community survey completed by the Municipality in August 2013.  The survey, involving 1,000 households from throughout Clarington, represented a first step in seeking resident input for the PRIORITY GREEN Clarington initiative.

The survey results offer insight on how “green” features factor into residents’ decision making when undertaking home improvements, or buying a new home.  In addition, it examines what green features residents would like Clarington neighbourhoods to have and their perceptions about approaches to accommodating growth, including higher density development.

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In addition to looking at how Municipal policies and procedures can be enhanced to encourage future neighbourhoods in Clarington to be greener, PRIORITY GREEN Clarington will partner with local builders to construct a collection of demonstration homes.  These homes will feature emerging green techniques and products that aim to improve energy efficiency, conserve more water, improve indoor air quality, better manage rainwater, and make better use of material resources.  Many of the green practices that will be featured can be implemented in existing homes too.  To better understand their effectiveness, performance will be measured and return on investment calculated.

Stay tuned to learn more about the results of the PRIORITY GREEN Clarington community survey.