Picture a carpet made from recycled pop and ketchup bottles.
A dining room floor fashioned out of salvaged ash after the Emerald Ash beetle ate its way through a forest near Listowel and a hardwood bedroom floor made from trees uprooted after Hurricane Felix struck Nicaragua.
A grey-water recovery system reclaims shower and sink water and recycles it to the toilets.
Insulated duct work that routes air from the high-efficiency gas furnace more quietly throughout the house.
Recycled paint on all the walls, a cardboard wardrobe and chest of drawers and foundation cement made from blast-furnace slag.
These are among the many energy-saving features in the first home in Ontario to be certified under the Built Green rating system.
Located on Helena Feasby Street in southwest Kitchener, the two and a half story, four-bedroom home was unveiled Monday by Williamsburg Homes as a model for buyers wishing to add energy-efficient features to their homes.
Built Green Canada is a not-for-profit organization launched “by builders for builders” in Alberta in 2004. Certified builders select items from a checklist of green criteria posted on the Built Green website to construct homes to bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels.