Previous Events

Toronto Green Homes Summit

January 28, 2015

SHF was very pleased to sponsor the Toronto Green Homes Summit organized by the Toronto chapter of the Canada Green Building Council.  This full day event focused on how to market sustainable homes to Canadians: what are the challenges and what are the successes.  The Toronto Star New in Homes covered the event and really captured the essence of the day.

View the Toronto Star article.

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Edmonton Forum: An Alternative Path to Near-Zero Housing

January 28, 2015

A room full of Edmonton area builders, designers and others interested in learning more about using the HERS scale to bring your new homes to “near zero”. John Godden facilitated a lively discussion.  So much so, that the Sustainable Housing Foundation is looking to partner with an Alberta builder to complete a “near zero” demonstration home through its affiliated partner Project FutureProof. Steps are being taken to recruit an innovative builder who will work with us and with our partner manufacturers to really showcase a sustainable near zero home in Alberta.

If you missed the focus group have a look at the Edmonton Focus Group Handout. If you are a builder and want more information about how to get involved with our pilot project please contact our office by Email.

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Alberta Green Home Summit Jan. 29, 2015

The Sustainable Housing Foundation is a proud sponsor of the first ever Alberta Green Homes Summit being held January 29th. The event features speakers from across Canada and focuses on  residential construction, covering both single-family homes (including townhomes and various attached styles) and multifamily projects up to the midrise level (up to 12 storeys), and will include sessions on LEED Canada for Homes, and many regional energy and green building standards

John Godden, SHF’s founding board member, will be presenting an overview of the progression of sustainable building programs in Canada based on his 25+ years of experience.

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An Alternative Path to Near-Zero Housing

On Wednesday January 28, 2015 John Godden, SHF Founding Board Member, will be in Edmonton, Alberta.  From 3 PM to 5 PM John is hosting a Focus Group with key Edmonton green builders, manufacturer reps and others to discuss an alternative way to achieve near-zero housing.   Anyone interested in learning more about the “Better Than Code” approach to building sustainable housing is welcome to attend. Simply send an email to Patricia and she will sign you up.

  • Date:  January 28, 2015
  • Time: 3 PM to 5 PM
  • Location: Comfort Inn Downtown, 17610 100 Ave NW, Edmonton

For more information please view the Edmonton Focus Group (PDF).

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‘Better Than Code’ video launch dinner

Wednesday November 19, 2014

Despite the first snow storm of the season over 40 people showed up for this dinner event.  Some came from as far away as Cambridge and Stoney Creek- thank you to everyone who braved the GTA roads to attend the dinner event. A great cross section of builders, architects and designers, consultants, energy raters and municipal staff.  First and foremost this was a networking event and secondly it gave SHF the opportunity to showcase the new Better Than Code video.

We are excited about the response we have been getting to this streamlined, easily understood approach to creating homes that are more sustainable and “better than code.”  Municipal staff love it because it is less cumbersome to administer; builders love it because it takes into account all home components, and gives them some flexibility in achieving targets.  Designers and architects love it because it is easy to explain to the homeowner and energy savings are clearly calculatable.

If you missed the dinner, take the time now to watch the video or download the Better Than Code Introduction  presentation that John Godden and John Bell delivered at the dinner.

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Halifax Green Home Summit

Halifax, October 3, 2014

John Godden, Founding Director of the Sustainable Housing Foundation, just returned from Halifax where he attended the Green Homes Summit- Atlantic Region.  John was very impressed with the day’s events, especially the Keynote speaker Chris Higgins.  “Vancouver has set the bar high for builders to build sustainable homes. They have managed to create a real green economy, something that the Sustainable Housing Foundation is working on as well.”  John was pleased to hear that Toronto has invited Chris to Keynote their Summit in January.  John, a 30-year veteran of the sustainable building industry in Canada comments that even he learned something from the workshops offered in Halifax!

The Sustainable Housing Foundation is a lead sponsor of all three Green Home Summits and is looking forward to attending the Toronto and Edmonton events in the New Year.

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Exciting new dinner event Nov 19

Wednesday Nov. 19, 2014 5:30 PM
Fantasy Farm, 50 Pottery Rd, Toronto

The Sustainable Housing Foundation is very excited to be hosting another dinner/networking event. This event will feature the new videos we have recently produced. The audience of  leading-edge builders, architects, contractors, municipal buildings officials and others will be welcomed with a reception from 5:30 to 7 followed by a full course dinner and short presentation. This is a great opportunity to network with other experts in the sustainable housing field and manufacturers will be on hand with displays of their latest eco-friendly products.  And the best part? The Foundation is covering the cost of your meal!  It is absolutely free to qualified attendees.

For more information on how you can get on the invitation list contact us at

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SHF Sponsoring CaGBC Green Homes Summits

SHF is proud to be supporting the upcoming Canada Green Building Council‘s Homes Summits. These one day events are being held in Halifax, Edmonton and Toronto.  Join us October 3, 2014 in Halifax. For more information about the Atlantic Summit and how to register, visit their website.

Read John Godden’s article about the Halifax Summit.

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Engaging Sustainable Communities Event

On June 26, 2014 over 100 people attended a full day Forum focused on how to engage communities in undertaking sustainable upgrades to their homes.  The day featured 10 different speakers presenting their work in different communities around Toronto. Have a look at the Final Program here.  The afternoon focused on what tools are available to help move people toward more sustainable decisions for their homes.  Included in the afternoon session was a presentation by John Bell, SHF President, on the newly released Energy Calculator available on the Scotiabank Eco Living website.  This tool helps homeowners easily decide which upgrades they should do on their home, what the estimated cost is and most importantly, what the pay back is.

Featured speakers included Prof. Dan McGillivray from Ryerson University who spoke about the future of electricity, its distribution challenges and what we need to be doing now to ensure adequate delivery in the future.   Sonya Pershram is a researcher/ consultant who has been foundational in bringing Local Improvement Charges as a tool for municipalities to encourage and help homeowners finance energy upgrades.  John Godden, President of CRESNET and a founding board member of SHF, gave an impassioned talk about the tools available to professionalize an independent energy raters industry.

Where speakers have agreed, we have posted their presentations for your information.

Keynote Presentation Ronn Stevenson Knowledge Map

CMHC Equilibrium Communities Summary

CMHC Resources 2014

Toronto’s HELP Program

The Future of Electricity

Local Improvement Charges Sonya Persram

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Tour of SHF President’s LEED Silver Home

June 2, 2014

About 30 delegates from the Green Building Council conference had a side trip to north Toronto for a guided tour of the Bell home. John Bell, President of the Board for the Sustainable Housing Foundation, showed a slide show of the extensive renovation to this 1970’s house that has resulted in some innovative features that have cut his energy bills extraordinarily.

Bell House Living Room

Living Room

The modern design of this beautiful family home belies the hidden wonders of the sustainable components built into the home.  From solar voltaic to waste water heat recovery and a state of the art grey water recycling system this home has it all.

For more information on the house, read the article from BEC Green.

waste water heat recovery

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