Maison 197 Home

Welcome to Maison 197

Hi, I'm Paul Tang. We are currently renovating a house that has been in existence since the 1800s. It had undergone numerous changes before we bought it in 2010, and it is still evolving. Our goal is to achieve the LEED Certification from the Canada Green Building Council. We are here to share our experience and challenges with you throughout the process. We would like to thank our suppliers listed below for their kind support. They have motivated us and encouraged us along the way. We hope this site will be a resource for inspiration and education.

The Maison 197 is situated in Montreal, Canada. We survived tough floods because of the flood proof home. We used only the best kinds of technology available today. This includes geothermal technology, rain water container, and sun window. In addition, sun tunnel, waste water recovery system, solar hot water heater, and heated-radiation floor are also added to develop a more efficient home. 





BP CANADA has participated in our LEED standard project, their R-4 HP exterior insul-sheathing boards and acoustic panels are made entirely of natural wood fibers, to help increase thermal resistance value, and contain high water vapor permeance. See more detail in the Materials section.




We used the ROXUL fire-resistant insulation for our walls. The material is made of stone. Their products provide wonderful solutions for home owners and builders to save energy and create quieter and safer homes. See more detail in the Materials section.



SOPREMA has provided us their SOPRANATURE green roof self-adhesive vapour barrier membranes, which have excellent resistance properties to traction and puncture. Workers can move freely and safely on the roof during work, without damaging the vapour barrier.



METWOOD BUILDING SOLUTIONS is an innovative company who offers cold formed steel building products, including beams, joists and steel framing. Their strong, light weight and long-spanned products has played an important role in our LEED home. See more detail in the Materials section.



Neptronic is a corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes products for the HVAC industry. They have provided us their actuators for our radiation floor.


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Interviewed by CBC News on 16 May,2017

CBC News May 16,2017
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On May 7, 2017, City of Montreal declared a state of emergency from flooding. The police came to our area and told us to comply with the evacuation orders, nobody can stay in their houses until further notice.Like all our neighbours in the area, our backyard was completely submerged with the river, it was a big test to our finished basement.

Fortunately, our basement is safed, it passed the test. Although our garage is flooded with half feet of water, we lost some belongings too, but we were very grateful overall.


Status of the house

Updated on May 20, 2017
After the long winter in April, we have finished installing our windows and partio door on the mezzanine and started the interior renovation.

Since the beginning of the year 2016, we've been working so hard on this house project, the windows are all installed, the balcony is in progress, the form of the house is obvious now.

In May and June, we dedicated our time in polishing the 3 concrete floors.

This is our second-floor staircase, we will continue to work on the interior room in the coming few months.


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