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April 2009 | Issue 40 Cover

April 2009 | Issue 40

 More and more homebuyers are demanding green homes these days, and local home builders are doing their best to satisfy.

And we’re not just talking paint colour here, folks – although the Foothills Hospital Lottery Home by Greenboro Homes certainly has taken the term ‘green’ quite literally. Nope, we’re talking about things like Low-E windows; energy conserving insulation, lighting and appliances; solar panels; and even minimizing waste and recycling building materials on construction sites. Our cover story this month looks at a few ways home builders have taken the term ‘building green’ to heart.

Our show home profiles spotlight three Calgary builders who are well-known for their commitment to the environment. First up is  the Dahlia by Emerge Homes, the new energy-efficient division of Avalon Master Builder, in the Elgin Village area of McKenzie Towne. Just down the road we visit the Holden by Homes by Avi, another builder with a reputation for building cost- and energy-efficient homes. Our final stop is at custom builder Folio Homes’ Concord model in Altadore. Totaling more than 3,500 square-feet on four levels, this home boasts a BuiltGreenTM Platinum certification – a first for Calgary.

The parade of spectacular homes continues in this edition with coverage of both the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region Sales and Marketing (SAM) Awards finalists, and the Foothills Hospital Lottery Home, a spectacular 4,500-square-foot estate home from Greenboro.

Stepping away from the homes side of things for a few minutes, our ‘green edition’ also features informative articles on some of the numerous municipal recycling programs in place plus an overview of several local stores where you can shop for environmentally-responsible products.

Our featured community this month is the Town of High River, located about 30 minutes south of the Calgary city limits, in the heart of ranch country. With its laid-back lifestyle, friendly people, and affordable housing, High River is a more realistic option than ever.

In This Issue

The high life

The high life

Walking down the main street of High River gives the feeling of being in a…

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Making room in McKenzie Towne

Making room in McKenzie Towne

When communities expand, it’s not often you see new homes backing onto green spaces. And…

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Fantastic finalists

Fantastic finalists

The SAM Awards, now in its 22nd year, celebrate innovation and excellence in the Calgary…

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Building green

Building green

With the economic slowdown all over the media, it can be hard to focus on…

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