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The Toronto Healthy House

In this page we are attempting to preserve information about the Toronto Healthy House project circa 1996. Not exactly pre-Internet, but little information remains of it on the Web.

The Toronto Healthy House was a unique undertaking: a self-sufficient, off-grid residence in the middle of Toronto, on a small lot and not connected to the municipal water supply, the municipal sewage system, the natural gas supply or local electrical grid. Interior air quality was taken seriously, and construction materials were chosen with a view to sustainability. Startling even today, and a success.

2017 Toronto Star article on the Toronto Healthy House and its owner.

Cutaway rendering of the Toronto Healthy House interior

A description of the Toronto Healthy House (17-page PDF).

The Toronto Health House featured on Canadian commemorative postage stamp "Innovative Housing" (1998)

7-page description of the Toronto Healthy House (PDF by Chris Ives)

The CMHC Project Manager for the Toronto Healthy House was Mr. Christopher Ives. Chris is now one of the principals in RESTCo.

RESTCo has an approach, and has developed a suite of techniques, tools, technologies, and network of affiliated organizations, which can do better.

For more information on RESTCo's approach to adaptable housing and infrastructure, please contact us.

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The Eframe Healthy House
The Toronto Healthy House
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Research House for the Environmentally Hypersensitive
Healthy Housing in the North Towards a Northern Healthy House Demonstration Project
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