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McGuinty Government Supports Student-built Green Model Home

Kingston area high school students are working on a model home that will showcase ways to build a greener Ontario.

Students from six schools have begun building Harvesting House, an energy-neutral model home.  They are working next to local professionals, trades people and other community partners on this project. 

When finished, Harvesting House will serve as a green energy education centre for one year.  The house is expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors, including grade school students and new homebuyers.   At the end of year, it will be sold.

Quick Facts

  • The province is providing an $80,000 grant to put in grey water recycling and alternative energy systems.
  • Harvesting House is the 70th house built by Limestone District School Board students and the Kingston Home Builders' Association but is their first house of this type.
  • Ontario environmental industries now account for about 40 per cent of earnings in the Canadian environmental industry.

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“Sustainable buildings like Harvesting House are fundamental to our fight against climate change. I'm proud that this local project will have a lasting impact not just in Kingston but across the province in the support and development of green buildings and technologies.”

John Gerretsen

Minister of the Environment and MPP, Kingston and The Islands

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