Thank you all for coming before us here today.
I'm going to start talking about housing in the north, specifically to Mr. Wong at first. Perhaps Mr. Fournier could jump in, and maybe Mr. Hewitt.
There's a company near my hometown in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia—it's not the north. This company started out producing a modular heating system that basically took a heat pump, stuck it in a box so that it could capture the heat produced when the house was being heated, and used that to create electrical energy so that people could save on their electrical costs. NRCan thought this was a good idea for the north. He went up to Paulatuk and demonstrated it there. While he was there, he looked at the buildings in Paulatuk and thought we could do better.
Mr. Wong, you mentioned—and I'm not sure where I heard the testimony—some of the problems building in the north: the sealift homes, where you're bringing in material in one year and that material sits around and then the next year tradespeople come up and help build the homes; you have the material lying around, there are problems with mould, and so on.
This company I'm talking about has developed a modular home that can actually be flown in with one big planeload and built by local people. He has a demonstration video of local teenagers building this home in the Okanagan in three days.
I'm just wondering if those are the kinds of innovations that might help building in the north. This building is totally designed for energy efficiency. I don't know how it would stand up for passive home construction, but it's apparently considerably better than what is there now. I wondered if you could comment on those kinds of innovations and whether that would be something welcomed in the north.