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March 25, 2021

“The Confluence” – a living building in southern Alberta is one of the greenest homes on earth

The construction industry is pushing the envelope of environmental sustainability by practicing green methods in building practices.

SAIT’s Green Building Technologies (GBT), Woodpecker European Timber Framing and an Alberta family have partnered to construct a one-of-a-kind home in the foothills of southern Alberta — one that produces more energy than it uses, captures water on site and creates a positive impact on its people and environment.

The Confluence resides in the Summer Village of Waiparous, Alberta. At just 2,200 square feet over three compact levels, this conservative floor plan captures the essence of a green building with its small footprint. This special home demonstrates a confluence of: natural and built environments, the Rocky Mountains and the prairies, new and salvaged materials, traditional and contemporary design, and family and friends, who can gather here over the years.

It is a house that has adapted its nature and time. It integrated natural materials such as timber and stone from an architectural standpoint to be a part of its surroundings.

However, don’t let the welcoming look fool you. It is fitted with modern technologies enough to cater your virtual meetings.

“Having a family, becoming a parent and being responsible for their lives, is the reason we built a Living Building Challenge home — one that protects their health and the environment,” says Gerton Molenaar.

SAIT hopes that this unique home will act as a beacon of hope, not only for those in the green building industry, but for everyone who is making an effort to make a difference in the world.

Learn more about this project by clicking the link below:

SAIT Living Building Challenge

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