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Press Release -- March 27th, 2012
Source: Cisco Systems

Mike Holmes breaks ground in Edmonton

Cisco Smart+Connected Communities Solutions Foster Environmentally, Socially and Economically Sustainable Project in Alberta

EDMONTON, AB, March 27, 2012—Phase II of the Boyle Renaissance development officially began construction today in a groundbreaking ceremony hosted by The Métis Capital Housing Corporation (MCHC) in Edmonton’s Boyle neighbourhood.

Attending the event were Mayor of Edmonton Stephen Mandel, Mike Holmes, Darlene Lennie, executive director of the MCHC, ENMAX Energy CEO, Charles Ruigrokand, and representatives of various project participants, including Cisco Canada and the MCHC.

“This development is about building quality, energy efficient homes and making them affordable for the people who need them most,” stated Holmes.

The Holmes Group will spearhead the construction of 90 residential units, which will provide senior-friendly, barrier-free housing for Métis seniors and the disabled. Select suites will benefit from Cisco’s “Cisco Smart Home System”, allowing a person to control advanced home applications from a single touch pad interface.

“This collaboration is helping us improve the standard of living for individuals and communitiesthrough ambitious projects, such as The Boyle Renaissance,” stated Rick Huijbregts, vice president of Cisco® Smart+Connected Communities for Cisco Canada. “This development is a fine blueprint for how future communities will be designed, built and managed to achieve social, economic, and environmental sustainability.”

ENMAX Energy will provide the necessary infrastructure for district energy and combined heat and power (CHP), allowing the facility to benefit from advanced heating and power systems that use cleaner burning natural gas.

“ENMAX’s vision for corporate responsibility includes cleaner energy choices for consumers and investing in the communities we serve,” said Charles Ruigrok, interim president and CEO, ENMAX Corporation. “The Boyle Renaissance project allows us to focus on both of these mandates.”

Ensuring the development meets efficiency performance levels has been a top priority. “Working together as a team towards this one goal makes all the difference,” added Holmes. “When we all step in the right direction, moving forward is easy.”

About The Holmes Group

The Holmes Group is an international brand with operations in independent media production, new home building and inspection divisions with expansion into product development. It is entirely owned by Mike Holmes and it is responsible for developing and managing HOLMES branded entities, including HOLMES Homes, HOLMES Inspections, HOLMES Workwear, Make It Right Releasing Inc. and The Holmes Foundation.

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