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February 4, 2016

Finalist for Best Estate Home AND Environmental Recognition Award

Effect Home Builders is pleased to be named a finalist for the Best Estate Home AND the Environmental Recognition Award in the 2016 Awards of Excellence in Housing presented by Canadian Home Builders Association - Edmonton. Winners will be announced on March 19, 2016. Best of luck to all the finalists!

November 22, 2015

Thrilled to Grace the Cover of Best Home Magazine

Best Home Magazine Alberta has chosen an Effect home for the cover of the Fall 2015 edition. A wonderful article on the home and its energy efficient features is also included in the magazine. The magazine can be found on newsstands or by downloading the digital edition. Thanks to the home owners for participating in the story!

October 18, 2015

Effect wins 2015 GREEN HOME AWARD for All of Alberta!

Effect Home Builders is THRILLED to receive the 2015 Green Home Award from the Canadian Home Builders Association! The award was presented at the Awards of Excellence in Housing on September 18, 2015 in Jasper. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!

Mike Holmes Bobblehead joins Effect for good luck at the CHBA Awards of Excellence. Effect is proud to be a Holmes Approved Builder!


July 28, 2015

Finalist for Green Home Award

Effect Home Builders is pleased to be named a finalist for the Green Home Award in the Awards of Excellence in Housing presented by Canadian Home Builders Association - Alberta. The awards ceremony will take place on September 18, 2015 in Jasper.

June 1, 2015

Eco-Solar Home Tour a Huge Success!

More than 3000 people attended the Eco-Solar Home Tour this year, which is about 1000 more than last year! It was held on Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31. Participants were able to experience a wide range of energy-efficient, sustainable homes first hand. Experts were on site to answer questions. Thank you to all the volunteers!

We would like to than Tim and Lucie Heins for opening their net zero ready home built by Effect to the public. It was great to see such a positive response to their home!

May 5, 2015

Effect Receives Workplace Safety Certificate of Recognition

The importance of a safe work environment cannot be overstated. Effect is pleased to receive the Workplace Safety Certificate of Recognition from the Alberta Construction Association.

April 27, 2015

Environmental Recognition Award

The Effect team was pumped to receive the Environmental Recognition Award presented by the Canadian Home Builders Association - Edmonton Region. Congratulations to all the other finalists and winners.

January 3, 2015

Effect homes named to Home Builders’ Association’s first Net Zero Energy Housing Council

Edmonton’s Effect Home Builders has been named to the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s first Net Zero Energy Housing Council. The council’s mandate is to support innovations by builders and renovators who voluntarily pursue net-zero energy performance. Council members were selected for competence and experience they’ve demonstrated in net-zero or R-2000 housing.

“Effect is extremely pleased to be selected to work with this progressive group. We will be encouraging widespread adoption of net zero energy concepts and increasing the overall efficiency and sustainability of Canadian housing” says Dale Rott, Managing Partner of Effect Home Builders.

March 21, 2014

Environmental Recognition Award!

Effect is pleased to receive the Environmental Recognition Award at the Canadian Home Builders Association - Edmonton Region Awards of Excellence in Housing. Congratulations to all the award winners!

October 4, 2013

Mike Holmes Arrives in Style to Launch Sustainable Community

Mike Holmes arrived in style on a school bus full of junior high children to launch Creekside Ravine sustainable community in Edmonton. This pristine ravine community located at the intersection of Chahley Landing and Chahley Way and is comprised of 16 spectacular lots.

August 31, 2013

First Home Builder to win Sustainable Concrete Award!

Belgravia Green Net Zero Energy Home wins Sustainable Award at ACI Alberta Awards of Excellence in Concrete! This is the first time a builder has ever won this award from the American Concrete Institute! See the award video.

June 1, 2013

Eco-Solar Tour

Effect was pleased to have two homes in the free Eco-Solar Home Tour on Saturday June 1 from noon to 4pm. Both the Belgravia Green Net Zero Energy Home located at 11536 - 74 Avenue, Edmonton and the ultra-efficient duplex located at 6226-106 Street, Edmonton saw huge crowds during the event. There were 12 fabulous homes on the tour in total.

April 23, 2013

Effect Home Builders has just become Edmonton's first and only Holmes Approved Builder!

Mike Holmes, President of The Holmes Group stated “I have my own inspectors review each home, both during and after construction. They make sure all Holmes Approved Homes meet what will be the new standard of home building for tomorrow.”

This third party verification will add to the peace-of-mind of new home owners, confirming that their Effect-built home delivers unmatched quality – both now and for the future when they go to resell.

For more information see the press release on Mike Holmes "Make it Right" website.

April 12, 2013

Belgravia Green Net Zero Project named an Emerald Award Finalist

March 16, 2013

2012 Environmental Recognition Award

2012 Environmental Recognition Award was presented to Effect by the Canadian Home Builders Association - Edmonton on Saturday evening at the Awards of Excellence in Housing.

Thank you to the CHBA - Edmonton for putting on such a wonderful Masquerade Gala! Visit CHBA - Edmonton for more details on the event.

March 8, 2013

Green Home Award Winner for CANADA!

Effect Home Builders is thrilled be the winner for ALL OF CANADA in the 2012 Green Home Award category presented on March 8, 2013 by the national body of the Canadian Home Builders Association. This is in addition to local and provincial awards won by Effect in 2012, including the Environmental Recognition Award from CHBA - Edmonton, the Green Home Award from CHBA - Alberta and the Best Infill Project in the Green Home of the Year Awards.

September 21, 2012

Green Home Award Winner for Alberta

March 17, 2012

Effect Home Builders received the Environmental Recognition Award!

Effect Home Builders received the Environmental Recognition Award at the 2012 Awards of Excellent in Housing and was a finalist for the Best Single Family Award. Special thanks for the Canadian Home Builders' Association for the awards gala and to the entire Effect team for making it happen!

March 10, 2012

Grand Opening for the Belgravia Green Net Zero

Les Wold, Mayor Stephen Mandel, Jeanette Boman and MLA Kevin Taft cut ribbon at Belgravia Green Net Zero Opening Ceremony (above).

The Grand Opening for the Belgravia Green Net Zero project was a big success. Nearly 1600 visitors came to see the net-zero energy home and ask questions.

August 1, 2011

Solar-Electric System Installed on Belgravia Green Net Zero Show Home!

Les Wold sits on Edmonton’s newest and 2nd largest residential solar-electric system as the final modules are installed. This 58-module system is designed to generate all of the house’s net electricity and heating energy over the year. All the little silver boxes mounted onto the rails are micro-inverters -- each solar-electric module feeds its own inverter and together they act as a separate independent solar-electric system. This system is 12kW and is tied to the grid.

The deck which Les' feet are on, but not visible in this picture, overlooks a beautiful park. Great for sipping a coffee and reading the newspaper while electricity is quietly generated behind him!

February 14, 2010

Effect Home Builders Selected as 2009 EnviroHome Builder

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) has announced that Effect Home Builders has been awarded the EnviroHome designation for the Stratus showhome in Edmonton. The Stratus Home is one of only 10 such projects scheduled to take place across Canada in 2009. The home has also been names as a "Green Vision" finalist for the 2009 CHBA Alberta Awards of Excellence.

In addition, the Stratus EnviroHome is one of the first in Alberta to attain an impressive EnerGuide rating of 86 meaning whoever purchases the home is eligible for a $10,000 new home energy efficiency rebate offered by the Alberta Government.

EnviroHome projects feature a showcase home open to the public that demonstrates environmentally oriented new home design and construction. The Stratus EnviroHome includes many innovative products and systems to ensure good indoor air quality, a high level of indoor comfort year around, exceptional energy efficiency and the use of many recycled and environmentally friendly materials.

EnviroHome was established in 1994 by the CHBA, with the support of TD Canada Trust, one of Canada’s leading financial institutions. EnviroHome promotes the construction of new homes that “are better for you, your community and the environment”. Project proposals are reviewed by a national selection committee and must meet a broad range of technical and environmental criteria. Every EnviroHome must be certified to the R-2000 Standard and include many additional air quality and environmental features.

The Grand Opening for the Stratus EnviroHome was held on May 21, 2009 and included speeches from Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner, CHBA Immediate Past President John Hrynkow, Vice President for Climate Change Central John Rilett, Event Coordinator for EnerVision Belva Crabtree, and Managing Partner of Effect Home Builders Les Wold. Minister Renner is shown below cutting the ribbon alongside the event speakers.

For more information on the Stratus EnviroHome, please contact:
Les Wold, Effect Home Builders, (780)450-1399 or email

For additional information on the EnviroHome Initiative, please contact:

Mr. Gary Sharp, EnviroHome Coordinator Canadian Home Builders’ Association Ottawa, Ontario (613) 230-3060.