Your partner in designing communities for the new sustainable era!

Who we are?

A 21st Century Sustainable Co.

The team consists of architects, sociologists, geographers, urban planners, LEED and Passive house construction experts and other areas of expertise. Their education and expertise focuses on sustainable community development. We are putting in place all the specialists we need to build and create the best team to be effective for all our sustainable communities of the new era!


    Our role is to advise and guide a project to build towards sustainable development. Each construction project must follow three phases which are: Planning, Making and Exploitation.


    Our company is non-hierarchical so the pyramid system is completely rejected. The opinion of each member counts and decisions are made in groups. Each task is subject to interdisciplinary and mutual aid.

Our philosophy

At 5th Element, we build a philosophy with you, that represents you and your family in an environment that is you while respecting the elements of the Earth that surrounds us.

The 1st element essential to life, without air no life is possible. We will need air for energy, heat and air conditioning. Air will bring you comfort in your home, therefore we will respect it and not polute it.


The 2nd element is represented by the sun, without it, our planet would be dark and cold, therefore it is the sun that will warm you, will give you light during the day and will also nourish your gardens.


The 3rd element, so precious, so beautifull, it is mother earth that offers nature to blossom, to marvel us. The earth will give you the space necessary to establish your home, to feed you and live in harmony with her.


The 4th element, the one that compliments the other three. This precious element who provides most of our needs every second of our life and that we have to preserve like the most precious diamond. Water will have a place of choice in your home and we will treat it as such.


The 5th element… philosophy, family, community, our future. The 5th element reunites the other 4 elements to build an eco-responsible and sustainable environment that resembles… you. ;)

A day in a sustainable community!

Mmmm! It’s morning and I wake up with the smell of morning flowers and the nature that surrounds my home, my community. The diversity of our permaculture brings different birds and the sound of the bee, which I am no longer used to being so close.

It’s early, but the neighborhood is already alive, Walking to our community cafe, I see my neighbor Doug, a charming man who has so many stories to tell, he looks after the maintenance of community gardens with other neighbors. I greet them and they smile at me. I love going to the café because it belongs to one of our neighbors, Henrietta, whom we helped to realize her dream, and who we support, because we know her and we know where her products come from. We produce them here in part, and she also supports other entrepreneurs, including me, who helped build her coffee.

On the way back, I meet Jim, a very talented guitarist, he sits under his porch, scratching his guitar, I finish my coffee while listening to his music, I feel alive!

I continue to our community center, where every day, the fitness session “for all” is given by the energetic Marie, young single mother, full of ambition. Here, everyone moves, young, old, even grandmother dances on her chair, WoW!

One of my favorite stops before going to work at home, because yes I can afford it now, I’ll go to our community greenhouse and get the vegetables I need for our meal, but before we go to ‘renewable energy plant to see if everything is fine.

Hello Justine, are we full of energy this morning? Oh yes, we are in “production” mode right now. With our homes and passive buildings, our consumption is very minimal, so we can enjoy reselling our daily surplus to give back to our community, and thus be profitable for everyone!

What a day! A good meal based on fresh local products, with my family, we are happy, safe, we have a splendid neighborhood, which supports itself and who thrives, what better?

My name is Sylvie-Anne, my husband Stéphane, we are 50 years old and here is our vision!

Our Team

The Most amazing team in this world, Why? Because we believe!
Ph.D., P.Geo.

Our Partners

Our partners are chosen with great attention, why? Because we want a sustainable partnership!