John and Sue Langlois moved to Embro, in Oxford County, Ontario, in the late 1960s, with the goal of being part of a farming revolution that would "feed the world." Over time, their approach to realizing that vision has changed, but the intention remains the same: to offer lasting gifts to the communities — from local to global — of which they are a part.
In 1997, John and Sue purchased 70 acres on the southern edge of Embro. They hoped to one day develop the land in an ecologically responsible, regenerative fashion that would serve the inhabitants of this place for generations to come. The Passive House and Net Zero standards came to their attention in 2014, and these have become the benchmarks for the quality homes that will bear their name.
It is our intention to require standards of excellence in the products, materials and workmanship of each and every component. We will be mindful to avoid the use of products that are detrimental to the environment. In all matters, we will be aware of our responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint for the benefit of all humanity.
PRESIDENT & CEO
John is the president and CEO of Langlois Eco Homes. He has been a farmer in the Embro area since 1965, and a lawyer serving clients in Stratford since 1995. He is grateful to members of a local Advisory Group who have provided ongoing feedback on this development.
Michael Wilson graduated from the University of Toronto’s School of Architecture in 1984 and has been in private practice since 1993, working on residential and administrative projects as well as arts venues. Rita Osypa is a graduate of the State Institute Maale Adumim in Israel; her experience includes projects in Russia, Israel and Canada. In their Stratford-based practice, Michael and Rita strive to balance science and sustainability with art to create thoughtful, responsible buildings that are sensitive to site, history, nature and clients’ needs.
PASSIVE HOUSE CONSULTANT
Ed is a certified Passive House consultant and the owner/operator of Passive House Ontario, based in Oakville. He is one of Canada's leading experts in high-performance home design and construction. He led Langlois Eco Homes through the pre-certification process (Passive House Institute US) of a six-unit townhouse design for The Village Farm in Embro.
A mechanical engineer and certified Passive House designer, Greg is an expert in the field of ultra-low energy designs. He provided mechanical design services to Langlois Eco Homes in his role as vice-president of Design and Field Services at Zon Engineering, based in Cambridge, Ontario.
Glenn holds a degree in civil engineering, with a focus on construction management, from the University of Waterloo. He is also a member of Hartman Custom Homebuilders. Glenn leads a team of experienced Passive House builders and other building pros making the transition to Passive House building techniques.
Marc is the principle of ML Enterprises, a contractor specializing in excavation and foundations. He excavates all lots at The Village Farm and oversees the installation of utilities, services and roads.
MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Nicole is an editor and project manager by trade and has spent 25 years working with various Canadian publishers. She has a keen interest in sustainable urban design and architecture.