Prefab Eco-Enclave Planned for Toronto


Living Homes today announced the launch of its expansion into Canada with an eco-enclave of four modern homes in North Toronto.  Steve Glenn, founder of Living Homes, was kind enough to share with us some detail of the upscale project, which will be fabricated by Conquest and developed by a new company called Nexterra Green Homes.


As you might imagine, these homes will be contemporary and exclusive.  Pricing will likely start somewhere near $1.6 million (Canadian) for these Energy Star and LEED Platinum seeking homes.

The prefabs will also be very green, featuring wood-frame modular construction, superior insulation, triple-pane windows, and design according to Living Homes’ Z6 goals (i.e., zero energy, water, waste, emissions, carbon, and ignorance).

Indeed, Barry Campbell, co-managing director of Nexterra, envisions “an eco oasis of sustainable luxury in the middle of the city” that “causes minimal disruption to the surrounding neighborhood.

The show home should be open for public tours in the Winter 2010, and we’ll definitely follow up on progress by that time.  Located at 20 Senlac Road, all four homes are available for purchase.


[+] Learn more about the Eco-Enclave from Nexterra Green Homes.

Media credits: Living Homes.

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  • T. Caine

    I am all for using high-end, luxury products for testing and perfecting ways to integrate sustainability into our buildings. There is some sense to including cutting edge aspects on the projects for clients/buyers that can afford a little extra on their bill. On the other hand, it’s important to keep in focus that making any real difference on a national scale will require these concepts become practice on the affordable scale. A $1.6 million green home does less for us than a $300K green home. At $1.6 million, what is the prefabrication really adding?

  • Mid America Mom

    Hi folks. I came over here from site where we are advocating for better designed and environmentally friendly homes. We are a fans of your site and many of us use this as a great resource for news.

    This post caught my interest as Toronto was a city we surveyed earlier this year as part of our open source mass collaboration research project of new construction throughout North America.

    As our report shows – Toronto single family homes did NOT do well. We found only 3% of new single family homes scored the coveted 17/20 points and SLOW (the best) designation.

    I took a look at this new floorplan and wondered does this home suffer the same design pitfalls the slow home found in Toronto single family homes? Grand-styled staircase that wastes space, dining spaces that dominate the living area, a supersized master bath.

    In Toronto an impressive staircase is quite normal in single family- even in small square footage. Here we see a U staircase in the center of the plan and action. The designer did not make a statement with angles or curves but with natural light spilling from windows. This is a flexible open floorplan and the renderings show a seating arrangement in one of the dining spaces which works better. The master bath however failed. It is supersized, wasted space in the center of the room, and the door swing should probably move.

    How did it perform in the other areas of the test that were problematic for Toronto? Location, siting, environmental performance, and organization.

    Environmental performance is easy to answer with the LEED platinum status. Walkscore is 45 but does not include transportation. Most of the action is a little over ½ mile away, a bus runs in front of the development and a subway stop is not far. Maybe I am feeling generous but I say the location passes. As for siting the living space of the home looks out the back to a wooded ravine. The street is on the east with a balcony and covered entry. South and West we have a driveway and a neighbor. It works. As for Organizing the plan with like spaces near one another, good circulation, and connecting to the outdoors… In this open floorplan living spaces are oriented to the backyard view. Circulation on this floor is designed off an invisible straight hallway. The second floor hall appears to be compact and has all bedrooms off of it. Good organization.

    Thinking about how this did on the rest of the slow home test?
    I found 3 issues with the design according to the standards. The main entry needs more definition. The master bath is too large and could be better. I also think a wall or some kind of divider to block out the rest of the noise of the house should be in the library. So in the end it scored 17 of 20 and is a slow home.

    What a wonderful addition to Toronto!

    Mid America Mom

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