The Confluence

Mechanical Room

Located northwest of Calgary, Alberta, The Confluence home is a partnership between Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (SAIT) Green Building Technologies (GBT), Woodpecker European Timber Framing and an Alberta family. 

The project aims to achieve full certification of the home through the Living Building Challenge (LBC), the world’s most rigorous green building rating system and sustainable design framework. If successful, it is anticipated to be the world’s fourth home of its kind.

"Having a family, becoming a parent and being responsible for their lives, is the reason why we built a Living Building Challenge home - one that protects their health and the environment,” says homeowner Gerton Molenaar. “SAIT and Woodpecker helped us fulfill this dream.” 

Molenaar says it's been an exciting journey for him and his wife Joleen and notes the bigger implications of the project. “I think about the next generation and how it links to the essence of the Living Building Challenge - to change the world one green building at a time."