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Net-zero shipping container home being built in eco-friendly Calgary community

As reported by CBC News, an Alberta home developer is building its first shipping container home in northwest Calgary.

On Wednesday, a crane lowered four sea cans into place in EchoHaven, an eco-friendly development in Rocky Ridge where none of the homes have natural-gas services.

“It’s a lot like Tetris, moving all the pieces in the right place,” said homeowner Jaime Turner, who chose the project “to offer my daughter a great example for the future in terms of this project and the experience of living in an eco-friendly home.”

The company behind the project, 3Leafs, has built other homes in Edmonton and has six homes in the works for Edmonton and Calgary.

It’s using single-use shipping containers for the build, which otherwise would have joined seven to 10 million others lying unused in shipyards around Canada, said company co-founder Stephen Ezekwem.

“It’s not economical to send them back empty,” he said.

Project manager Gary Bagnell has been in construction for 30 years, but this is his first shipping container home.

“I know it doesn’t look like much but there’s a fair bit involved,” he said, adding that he prefers this kind of build to a traditional one.

The home will incorporate smart technology and solar panels, to make it net-zero — meaning it will produce as much energy as it consumes.

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