Rainbow home to showcase green building during Games 

The 2010 Net Zero House part of employee housing inventory

At first glance the house high on the hill in the new Rainbow subdivision looks like all the others under construction on the busy site.

It's roughly the same size, has some similar design features and, once complete, it will be an employee- and price-restricted unit just like its neighbours on the street.

But this is no ordinary house. In fact, upon closer inspection, this is a wholly extraordinary home.

It is called the 2010 Net Zero House, designed to produce more energy than it uses. And during the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, when the world is watching Whistler, the house will be a showcase for the green technology used throughout its construction.

"Everything that's gone into this house, we've chosen for a reason," said new homeowner Richard Wyne, who currently lives in a Whistler Housing Authority (WHA) condo.

Though he is not specifically involved in the construction of his new home, that job falling to local builder Bob Deeks of RDC Fine Homes, Wyne is intricately involved in this process, spending hours bringing companies to the table to participate in this unique project.

He is actively pursuing partnerships with various companies to use and showcase their green technologies, their premium services and products, in exchange for some deals to build the home. It is, he said, a collaboration of partners making this green dream come true.

Come 2010, before, during and after the Olympics, the home will be open for all to see.

"We are going to showcase their products and explain to Whistler, to B.C., to Canada, to the world, why their products or their services work so well to build this kind of home," said Wyne.

"My job is to work with our partners to make sure they get branding out of it."

Some of those partners are local companies such as Living Edge Design, Corona Excavations, Sea to Sky Fire Protection Services, Cardinal Concrete, RS Heating & Sheet Metal, Red Mechanical, Alpine West Systems and Alpine Lock & Safe. Others are well known brands like Kohler and Electrolux.

Some will be using the house as a hospitality and demonstration home to network with their clients during the Games.

In May 2010 Richard and Jennifer Wyne will finally move in.

In the meantime, however, it's full steam head for Deeks's crew on site at Rainbow.

Though the company has been honing its green building knowledge over the past decade, Deeks has never built a house like this - one that will produce the heat it will consume. And more. It has several features to help it meet this goal.

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