If the words "smart" or "green" appear before just about any word in the English language, it would be a safe bet that Mike Holmes is already all over it, using it, or endorsing it. In this video from February of 2012, Mike discusses building communities (such as Wind Walk, see below) "smart" and energy efficient, complete with high tech energy controllers that help homeowners manage how much energy they use. Those controllers are currently under development by the company Cisco. For Mike, it's all about being aware and knowledgeable of one’s own energy consumption. "We get up in the morning, we flick the switch, the light goes on. Where'd the power come from? How much power are we using? We don't know."
Currently, Mike is working on a first-of-its-kind development in Alberta, Canada, Wind Walk, which when completed, will be a fully sustainable "green" urban community. In January of 2012, the project took a huge step forward when, according to a press release posted on makeitright.ca, "The Municipal Government Board (MGB) of Alberta have confirmed the Wind Walk project represents no detriment to the Town of Okotoks. Thus permitting the project to move forward." No doubt, Mike is looking to companies like Cisco to develop the energy conservation technology which will make this kind of community possible.