St-Jean & Fils has long been dedicated to minimizing the impact of construction practices on the natural environment. In 2008, a research and development division was opened to work towards the conception of a “net-zero” energy-consuming building. Over the course of the last four years, our team has furthered its technical training and accreditation through the NovoClimat and LEED environmentally sustainable construction programs. We continue to work with leading specialists in the fields of renewable energy, high performance mechanical systems, and construction prefabrication, to develop the most environmentally sustainable construction model. Our first prototype, the Morin-Heights Hybrid Home was completed in 2011. The Hybrid construction concept is at the heart of our sustainable model, with a focus on material selection, reuse and recycling; energy conservation and onsite power generation; water sequestration and conservation; as well as innovation in project design and execution.