Martin Liefhebber Interview Part 4:Healthy House Ahead of its Time



The Healthy House was designed by Martin Liefhebber and his team in 1991. 15 years later, it is still ahead of its time.

Qasim Virjee
Martin Liefhebber, Elise Hodson, Daniela Bryson
March 2006
CANADA Toronto Region, Ontario, Toronto Region, CANADA
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Transcript

The Healthy House was designed by Martin Liefhebber and his team in 1991. 15 years later, it is still ahead of its time. "Ultimately, what really put the stamp on me, was the Toronto Healthy House, which was a competition held in 1991. I had a great team working with me and we won that competition for the eastern Canada area. We ended up building the Toronto Healthy House which you can still see today. It was cutting edge, absolutely, and it is still cutting edge because we had a situation in Riverdale where we did not actually have sewage systems (municipal sewage systems), so the city allowed us to investigate and build an alternative sewage system where all the sewage water was being treated on site. In many places in Canada you cannot actually do this. Since then, solar electric, solar thermal, water harvesting and so on has become much more the thing but still not in terms of new neighbourhoods - not at all. It's individuals who take a keen interest in this and also, of course, individuals who want to save money, those who refuse to have to pay for electricity or for heat."


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