Projet d'habitation innovateur profitable
aux collectivités des Premières nations dans toutes les régions du
Faisant face à une population âgée et jeune en croissance rapide et
à des besoins accrus pour des logements de qualité à prix abordables
pour les autochtones sur les réserves, un projet de démonstration de
collectivité durable a été développé en Colombie-
Britannique. Le Projet de démonstration de collectivité durable de la
Première nation de Seabird Island est le premier de son genre sur une
réserve au Canada.
Ce développement multi familial unique réunit certains des plus
récents concepts en design et en construction résidentielle, y compris
des sources d'énergie renouvelables (vent, soleil et géothermie), et
avec le principe de planification des collectivités.
Le projet tient aussi compte des concepts et des valeurs sociales
Will Benefit First Nations
Communities Across Canada
with a fast-growing elder and young population and a growing need for
quality, affordable housing for Aboriginals on-reserve, Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
and the Seabird Island First Nation have developed an innovative
sustainable community demonstration project in British Columbia. The Seabird
Island First Nation Sustainable Community Demonstration Project is the
first of its kind to be located on-reserve in Canada.
This unique multi-family development combines some of the latest
concepts in housing construction and design, including renewable energy
sources (wind, solar and geo-thermal heating), CMHC's Healthy HousingTM
and FlexHousingTM concepts, rainscreen technology, and sustainable
community planning. The project also honours and reflects Aboriginal
social values and design. All seven units were funded under the guidelines
of CMHC's On-Reserve Housing Program, which is designed to provide
quality, affordable rental housing on-reserve.
Expected to last for 100 years, the homes will offer residents and the
Seabird Island community a lifetime of reduced maintenance and significant
savings in heating and operating costs. The high performance building
envelope, combined with renewable energy systems, is expected to reduce
energy use by 75% when compared to a typical home. The three wind
generators (of which one is receiving its world premiere at the site)
provide about 15% of the total energy required for the homes.
A member of the Sto'lo Nation, Seabird Island is one of the largest
First Nation communities in BC's Fraser Valley. The community has seen
their registered membership more than double since 1975 to 720 members.
"We have - like many other First Nation communities -
experienced numerous challenges to providing healthy, affordable and
durable housing for our members," explains Marcie Peters of the
Seabird Island First Nation Council Housing Portfolio.
"This project has provided us with a unique opportunity to
incorporate our traditions, but in a modern way. For example, the
flexibility of the design reflects the traditional way we live, it
allows for our families to remain unified within one structure yet
provides independence and private living space. The earth tubes and
radiant floor heating and cooling system provide a comfortable living
environment. Our ancestors knew this and built their pit homes
in-ground where it was cool in the summer and warm in the
winter," she added.
Together, CMHC and INAC will contribute more than $1.1 million
towards the development of the project, with CMHC contributing
$667,175 in lifetime subsidies over the project's 25 year mortgage
through the On-Reserve Housing Program, and an additional $200,000 in
funding for the demonstration component. There has also been strong
industry support from over 20 companies, including the Platinum
Sponsors: BC Hydro, Canex Building Supplies Ltd., Dupont Canada Inc.,
EMCO Corporation, Renewable Energy Sources and VicWest Corporation.
On April 16, 2004, the grand opening of The Seabird Island First
Nation Sustainable Community Demonstration Project was celebrated. One
of the homes will be open for tours for two years.
"By keeping one of the homes open for the next two years for
tours and public education, we hope that First Nation communities, and
others with an interest in sustainable development, will take home
those ideas that best address their communities' housing needs, "
said Jeff Loucks, Regional Manager, CMHC's BC and Yukon Assisted
Housing Centre. "The many housing ideas and new products featured
in the Seabird Island demonstration project will benefit both First
Nation communities as well as any organization interested in building
quality, affordable housing," he added.
VISIT THE PROJECT or
TAKE A WORKSHOP
One of the best ways to learn about the Seabird Island First Nation
Sustainable Community Demonstration Project is to take a free on-site
tour. Tours will be scheduled once a month at the demonstration home
located at the Seabird Island Reserve in Agassiz, BC (additional tours
may be arranged to accommodate out-of-town visitors or special
requests). Pre-registration is required for all tours, please call
CMHC also offers a one-day Sustainable Community, Housing Design
Workshop, which covers the main features used in the project and is
ideal for housing and construction managers, community planners and
others seeking more detailed or technical information on the project.
To book a workshop in your community, contact: Allan Dobie, Senior
Research Consultant, CMHC's BC and Yukon Regional Business Centre,
Tel: 604-737-4074 or email@example.com
ORDER OUR PUBLICATIONS OR WATCH A
You can also find out more about the project's many innovative
products and technologies, by ordering our free tour booklet, Building
a Sustainable Future, Seabird Island First Nation Sustainable
Community Demonstration Project (63553). To order, call 1-800-668-2642
or visit our website at www.cmhc.ca.
Omni-Film Productions is also producing a documentary on this project
to be complete by the fall of 2004.