Enviroshake contributes to sustainable living projects

The best choice in sustainable roofing options

As a leader in the synthetic roofing industry, we recognize our responsibility in contributing to more environmentally conscious living spaces, and we pride ourselves in our commitment to a sustainable manufacturing process and a sustainable product. Enviroshake is often the first choice for energy efficient sustainable living projects. Here are a few examples of how Enviroshake meets and exceeds standards:

Residential Energy Efficiency Project, Kitchener, Ontario

The Residential Energy Efficiency Project, otherwise known as REEP, originally began in Kitchener/Waterloo as a voluntary green auditor for homeowners to learn how to make their homes more energy efficient. In 2007 the decision to create the hands-on demonstration project, REEP house was made.

The REEP house is located at 20 Mill Street in downtown Kitchener. The century brick home was bought and completely renovated to achieve a Platinum LEED rating, Canada’s first. The REEP house also achieved a 90% reduction in energy consumption. The projects existence depended upon partnerships and sponsorships from the community. The innovative green architect Graham Whiting of Whiting Design in Waterloo took on the project, which was overlooked by Ben Barclay, project manager.

Enviroshake being made from 95% recycled materials, maintenance free, and lifetime guaranteed made it an easy choice to make when designing the home and selecting a roofing material. Not to mention that using Enviroshake also contributes towards 57 relevant LEED points and 16.5 direct LEED points.

When asked why they chose Enviroshake Barclay answered, “We chose Enviroshake for the combination of durability, recycled content, and curb appeal. We chose Enviroshake shingles because they have a lifetime warranty, are made from 95% recycled material, because installation scraps and used shingles can be returned to Enviroshake and made into new shingles, and because they look like the most common heritage approach in the Waterloo Region – the wood shingle”.

Enviroshake Certified Installer Radiant Roofing completed the installation of the Enviroshake roof.

Learn more about the REEP house.

Solar Living Institute - Tiny House, Hopland, California

The Solar Living Institute managed the Solar Living Center, a 12-acre renewable energy and sustainable living demonstration site in Hopland, CA, that was visited by 200,000 people annually until it was permanently closed in 2020. The center was used as a sustainable living-learning center and educationally focused non-profit organization that strived to present solutions to living lighter on the planet. Their mission was simple, “promote sustainable living through inspirational environmental education”.

The center featured an organic farm, biodiesel fueling station, many solar and renewable energy displays, and offered guided tours, workshops, courses, and webinars all on sustainable living. In collaboration with Tumbleweed Tiny House Company in Sebastapol, CA, the center constructed an 89 square foot house on wheels to act as a demonstration for both green and natural building, energy and water conservation, and renewable energy. Enviroshake jumped at the chance to participate in this unique venture that will teach others in how to take steps toward a sustainable and responsible lifestyle. Enviroshake’s contribution to the tiny house was a product donation to complete the roof on the tiny house.

The Solar Living Institute still offers hundreds of online solar living classes, many of which are free.

Learn more about the Solar Living Institute.

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