Dreaming of this year's Dream Home?
Well, city residents get an extra few months to ponder the possibility this year, as the official draw won't happen until November.
Darcy Harris, the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA's communication and funds development director, said Dream Home draws in past years have been in July. The lottery was moved to November this year only to accommodate a special sponsorship arrangement with the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp.
The home was built by the Canadian Home Builders' Association Central Interior in partnership with Thompson Rivers University, as part of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative, which encourages builders and developers to build the next generation of sustainable housing in Canada.
Project teams, including the team that built the Kamloops home, were selected to build EQuilibrium demonstration projects across Canada.
Harris said part of the agreement with CMHC requires the home to be on public display for six months, leading to the later-than-usual draw date. The draw will return to its more traditional draw in 2011, she added.
The November draw date will give more people the chance to see the unique home, she said. The goal is to have 60,000 people tour the $675,000 house before the keys are passed to a lucky winner.
Public open houses are planned every weekend until Nov. 21. The house will be open for viewing both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Harris said the house is fully finished and has been staged with furniture for the open houses, to help show off its liveability.
It is supremely finished, she noted, with gorgeous cork floors and tile. The home's unique environmental qualities make it a real winner, however.
The 3,000-square-foot house, at 1858 Ironwood Terr., is a "platinum plus" home, incorporating the best and most efficient green technology.
The Canadian Home Builders Association has a green rating system for residential structures, with "platinum" currently considered the highest rating a house can get.
A platinum house has an EnerGuide rating of about 85. By comparison, it's expected this dream house will have an EnerGuide rating of 100, making it a "net-zero" consumer of energy.
The BC Hydro electrical meter on the house will measure both consumption and production. When the photovoltaic cells on the roof produce more electricity than the house needs, it will feed it back to the grid, which BC Hydro will pass on to others.
The dream home will achieve its tremendous energy savings by combining a number of technologies together, the most important being incredible insulation, good design and proper placement on the building site.
The walls of the house have been built using insulated concrete forms and have a thickness of 45 centimetres. The walls alone have an insulation value of R44, compared to the usual R12 from fiberglass-insulated timber-stud walls.
Harris said the Y will sell 12,000 tickets, worth $100 each. Value packs of five tickets will sell for $400. Tickets can be purchased at numerous locations around Kamloops, including the Y's downtown location.
For more information about the home, visit the Y's website at http://www.kamloopsy.org/events/dhl.htm, or see the CHBA's site at http://www.greendreamhome.ca/default.htm.
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