Builders of a newly finished home in British Columbia are claiming it's one of the greenest in the country.
The Midori Uchi (Japanese for "green home") is one of the Lower Mainland's first "net-zero" houses, meaning it will create more energy than it consumes each year.
It was built with locally-sourced reclaimed wood and recycled materials, and the roof was made using prefabricated, heat preserving panels. Recycled water from the home's showers and baths is used to flush the toilets; its landscaping system removes the need for additional irrigation water; and its windows and doors are triple glazed to reduce heat transfer.
Built by Naikoon Contracting Ltd. in 18 months, the North Vancouver home received three levels of green certification.
Naikoon president Joe Geluch will be living in the house for a year to test it out, he told CBC News.
Totalling 2,450 sq. ft. with a lot price at just over $600,000, the cost of the Midori Uchi is close to what you would pay for a less environmentally savvy home in the same area, according to TechVibes.