Councillor Larry Evans approved City Staff’s request to enter into the agreement with Paul Gillis, who helped construct the house and Catherine Rudell during this week’s City Council meeting.

Some of the conditions of living include assisting with necessary support, consisting of maintenance on the exterior and interior, tweeting and blogging, while also participating in activities like tours, presentation and videos, which will advance council’s objectives of demonstrating leadership on energy conservation.

“What will determine how much they pay is the level of service that they will be able to provide to the city,” City Manger Dianne Hunter responded to Councillor Evans when asked of associated fees.

Another objective of council is to leverage what they learn from the Passive House to improve building energy efficiency in communities across the region.

Once competed, the house will be certified under the Passive House Program (CanPHU), LEED and ERN (Energuide), which will help with exposure and relevance to a larger green building audience.

An outreach action plan is also in the works, which is anticipated to be rolled out over a two year period. This will include presentation and relevant conferences, tours to the public, builders, developers, students, organizations, professional, local government staff and officials, while also hosting workshops for said developers.

“Once we’ve got that years data, we can move forward with the use of this house in other areas if we choose to,” Mayor Lori Ackerman concluded.

The city says they’ll be undertaking an extensive public awareness campaign around the purpose of the house, which will include websites, blogging, tweeting, signage, video, handouts and display material.