Remarkable North Vancouver home Midori Uchi deemed Greenest by Mayor Darrell Mussatto

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Image: Utilizing triple glazed fibre glass windows to significantly increase the R-value of the home.

Distinguished award winning builder Naikoon Contracting Ltd. has conceived Midori Uchi to some of the highest green residential construction standards in Canada.  City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto is marveled by the exemplary newly built home.


Showcasing some of the most advanced green building materials and techniques on the market, Midori Uchi is the home of the future, situated in the North Shore. For this brilliantly constructed home, what’s inside is equally definitive as the exterior.

“We build every home like it’s our own”

Joe Geluch.

The Naikoon Contracting team, alongside with the company President Joe Geluch, has spent roughly a year and half on completing the LEED Platinum Certified home.  The company portfolio site displays its ground-breaking success in September 2012. The leadership is comprised of six notable individuals:

Richard Kadulski from the R-2000 program

Doug Overhalt from the BC Hydro Power Smart New Home Program

Joe Geluch, President of Naikoon Contracting

Mayor Darrell Mussatto, City of North Vancouver

Chris Higgins, LEED for Homes Program Leader/Canada Green Building Council

Vanessa Joehl, Environmental Program Director at the Canadian Home Builders Assocation of B.C.

Geluch and the brilliant team at Jive Communications hosted an exciting media event marking the completion of a great project.  Geluch shows genuine desire to protect the environment in any way possible when it comes to building homes.  Naikoon Contracting is committed to mitigating impact through environmental policies that oversee every aspect of sustainability.

Midori Uchi House features:

  • Rammed Earth Walls
  • Structural Insulating Panel Roof System by Plastifab
  • Logix Insulated Concrete Forms by Beaver Plastics
  • FastFoot Footings
  • Triple Glazed Fiberglass Windows by Cascadia Windows and Doors
  • Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV)
  • Superior Exterior Wall Assembly
  • Xeriscaping by Swick’s Organic Landscaping
  • Solar Photovoltaic Power System by Terratek Energy Solutions Inc.
  • 100% LED Lighting and Home Control
  • Custom Designed Reclaimed Timbre from local sources
  • Grey Water Re-use System
  • Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures
  • Envelope Air-Tightness
Image: Variegated façade quality and materials; corrugated metal, steel, glass, wood, and rammed earth walls.

Image: Variegated façade quality and materials; corrugated metal, steel, glass, wood, and rammed earth walls.

Image: Midori Uchi symbolizes ‘Green Home’ inspired by Japanese way of life.

Image: Midori Uchi symbolizes ‘Green Home’ inspired by Japanese way of life.

Image: Kerschbaumer Design an integral role in the design and development process of the building of Midori Uchi.

Image: Kerschbaumer Design an integral role in the design and development process of the building of Midori Uchi.

Image: Xeriscape Swicks Landscaping signifies high quality of workmanship and ecofriendly methods.

Image: Xeriscape Swicks Landscaping signifies high quality of workmanship and ecofriendly methods.

Image: Wall finishes chosen for their energy efficiency, greenness, and minimal required maintenance.

Image: Wall finishes chosen for their energy efficiency, greenness, and minimal required maintenance.

Image: A key component to any LEED program, windows are critical to home energy performance.

Image: A key component to any LEED program, windows are critical to home energy performance.

Image: Optimized use of indoor and outdoor spaces create opportunities for natural light.

Image: Optimized use of indoor and outdoor spaces create opportunities for natural light.

Image: Rammed Earth Walls is actually an ancient building method, still proven to be a sustainable and natural building process for thousands of years.

Image: Rammed Earth Walls is actually an ancient building method, still proven to be a sustainable and natural building process for thousands of years.

Image: North East façade and the back yard.

Image: North East façade and the back yard.

Image: Keeping the interior air-tight by means of consistent building methodologies and materials.

Image: Keeping the interior air-tight by means of consistent building methodologies and materials.

Image: Shed showcasing a green water recollection tank that serves the permeable landscaping.

Image: Shed showcasing a green water recollection tank that serves the permeable landscaping.

Image: Landscape for the architecture, Architecture for the landscape. Midori Uchi showcases a strong understanding of organic landscape methods, design and construction contribute to the success of the completed project.

Image: Landscape for the architecture, Architecture for the landscape. Midori Uchi showcases a strong understanding of organic landscape methods, design and construction contribute to the success of the completed project.

Image: Oversized windows comprised of advanced technology. The fiberglass frames are proven to be the most energy efficient for windows in the home building industry.

Image: Oversized windows comprised of advanced technology. The fiberglass frames are proven to be the most energy efficient for windows in the home building industry.

Image: Hand crafted dining table made by reclaimed wood materials.

Image: Hand crafted dining table made by reclaimed wood materials.

Image: Pseudo cantilever kitchen counter with Urban Cultivator to the left.

Image: Pseudo cantilever kitchen counter with Urban Cultivator to the left.

Image Replacing the wine rack, Urban Cultivator is the perfect indoor garden.

Image Replacing the wine rack, Urban Cultivator is the perfect indoor garden.

Image: Highly celebrated staircase produced by Naikoon Contracting using reclaimed glue lams and fir beams.

Image: Highly celebrated staircase produced by Naikoon Contracting using reclaimed glue lams and fir beams.

Image: Flooring developed entirely using reclaimed timber from a local warehouse.

Image: Flooring developed entirely using reclaimed timber from a local warehouse.

Image: Visibility to the outside is paramount to the programming of every quarter of Midori Uchi.

Image: Visibility to the outside is paramount to the programming of every quarter of Midori Uchi.

Image: Sky lit rooms and corridors enable passive heating and the efficient use of daylight.

Image: Sky lit rooms and corridors enable passive heating and the efficient use of daylight.

Image: Employing sleek, locally fabricated fixtures throughout the home and 100% LED Lighting.

Image: Employing sleek, locally fabricated fixtures throughout the home and 100% LED Lighting.

Image: Waste water from bathroom is stored and recycled for toilet use. Treated grey water reuse system alleviates spending on water bills.

Image: Waste water from bathroom is stored and recycled for toilet use. Treated grey water reuse system alleviates spending on water bills.

Image: Low Flow plumbing fixtures are water efficient and save substantial amounts of water when compared with conventional fixtures. Still, providing the same functionality.

Image: Low Flow plumbing fixtures are water efficient and save substantial amounts of water when compared with conventional fixtures. Still, providing the same functionality.

Image: 95% of Midori Uchi construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills in order to offset the environmental impact related to home construction.

Image: 95% of Midori Uchi construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills in order to offset the environmental impact related to home construction.

Image: President of Naikoon Contracting, Joe Geluch demonstrating what he does best.

Image: President of Naikoon Contracting, Joe Geluch demonstrating what he does best.

Image: High Tech maintenance and regulatory facility containing green systems that serve the entire property.

Image: High Tech maintenance and regulatory facility containing green systems that serve the entire property.

Image: Midori Uchi receives LEED Platinum Certification.

Image: Midori Uchi receives LEED Platinum Certification.

Image: City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto is proud to witness the completion of the home dubbed one of Canada’s greenest homes.

Image: City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto is proud to witness the completion of the home dubbed one of Canada’s greenest homes.

Image: During construction the lowering of the structural insulating panel (SIP) roof system.

Image: During construction the lowering of the structural insulating panel (SIP) roof system.

Image: Added structure to further support the solar photovoltaic power system mounted on top of the roof.

Image: Added structure to further support the solar photovoltaic power system mounted on top of the roof.

Image: More applications of the reclaimed timber for extensive structural purposes.

Image: More applications of the reclaimed timber for extensive structural purposes.

Image: Steel beam support for seismic reinforcement.

Image: Steel beam support for seismic reinforcement.

Image: View through the ceiling threshold to the exterior.

Image: View through the ceiling threshold to the exterior.

Image: Construction detail of the stairwell.

Image: Construction detail of the stairwell.

Image: Elegant use of reclaimed timber, steel, and glass

Image: Elegant use of reclaimed timber, steel, and glass

Image: The final, polished look of Midori Uchi can be credited to Twenty One Two Designers Inc.

Image: The final, polished look of Midori Uchi can be credited to Twenty One Two Designers Inc.

Image: Sliding door panel is an artistic composition and functional.

Image: Sliding door panel is an artistic composition and functional.

Image: Sliding door panel is an artistic composition and functional.

Image: Sliding door panel is an artistic composition and functional.

Image: Rammed Earth Wall with the thermal mass of engineered sandstone it minimizes temperature fluctuations.

Image: Rammed Earth Wall with the thermal mass of engineered sandstone it minimizes temperature fluctuations.

Featured Image and Content via Naikoon Media Release

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