Cachet Cares: The Warrior Home Project
At Cachet, our commitment to community extends well beyond quality homebuilding. We believe it’s our corporate social responsibility to be a positive presence in the communities we build in, and we strive to be a good neighbour by making meaningful contributions to local organizations that make our communities better places to live and work. In our four-part Cachet Cares series, we’ll explore some of the organizations and partnerships we’re proud to support.
We are proud to sponsor the Warrior Home Project, which brings together some of the University of Waterloo’s best, brightest and most compassionate students. Since 2017, Warrior Home volunteers have been devoting their time and energy to developing sustainable and affordable housing with net-zero energy. These homes use solar technology as their main energy source in replacement of less suitable and more expensive alternatives.
United by the common goal of sustainable development, each member of the team is given the chance to design, develop and project manage, as well as watch their vision take shape during volunteer build days. The Warrior Home team is responsible for their net-zero energy redesign, and are backed by expert advisors from the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering, who provide oversight of the project and assume professional responsibility for home designs.
To date, the team has completed three challenges, including their award-winning 2018 Race to Zero, their 2020 Net-Zero Habitat for Humanity Build on an Indigenous Reserve, and their 2021 Design Net-Zero Community Housing Project. We are proud to continue to support the Warrior Home team as they work towards their new project, a Build Challenge that will retrofit an existing home into a net-zero energy home for an Indigenous family; this project is expected to be complete in 2023. “We’ve partnered with a First-Nations housing organization called the Kitchener-Waterloo Urban Native Wigwam Project to renovate and upgrade their 1905 Kitchener townhome. The home will be completely renovated into a safe, sustainable and comfortable home for a young family,” says Senior Design Lead Pierre Roy.
“Cachet Homes’ support allows us to explore innovative building solutions and provide a suitable home for an Indigenous family in the Kitchener-Waterloo region,” adds Senior Project Manager Joyceline Nathaniel. “We look forward to this partnership over the next year!”