innovative new generation home for First
Nations is affordable, compliant with the National Building Codes,
meets CMHC standards and criteria, addresses the
healthier environment home (mold and mildew issue) and
is more durable than other previous homes offered.
When a home builder builds a 3 bedroom home,
it is normally designed for 4 to 6 people. However, because
of the First Nation culture and the larger family units, the same
3 bedroom homes are usually inhabited by families
of 6 to 12 people. Due to this realization, air exchange systems
are included in all of our homes to accommodate
a healthier living environment for 6 to 12 people. The air exchange
system is placed in strategic locations throughout the home with
a centrally located humidistat.
A ceiling fan increases air movement within
the home to assist in controlling condensation, which addresses
the mold and mildew problems that continue to be critical health
issues for First Nations People. All walls, including the interior,
have 3/8" OSB (oriented standard board) installed prior to
drywall applications, which in turn strengthens the wall and prevents
damage. The sub floor, 3/4 T&G, is glued and screwed to the
joist. Then an underlay of 3/8" fir plywood applied and finally
ceramic tile is installed throughout the entire home. Ceramic
tiles are designed to out-endure linoleum and carpet, thus reducing
another home maintenance issue.
Other features include: one-piece tub and shower,
metal exterior doors, wooden interior doors, pot lights on the
exterior, and ceiling hugger type light fixtures in the interior
of the home. A "General Home Maintenance Plate" is installed
on the wall in the utility room on the main floor, which tells
the homeowner some of the general maintenance items that should
be performed throughout the different seasons.
The confidence we have in this "innovative
us to offer a warranty program that covers workmanship and material
- a warranty program like no other home builder has offered to
the First Nation Housing market. Although this home was designed
with the health and maintenance issues that plague First Nations
and their homes, this same home is offered to all developmental
agencies and the general public.