EnerQuality announced that Reid’s Heritage Homes’ Net-Zero Energy Homes are energy efficient and allows homeowners to save thousand dollars every year.
Net-Zero Energy Homes produce at least as much energy as they consume. Reid’s Heritage Homes broke ground in Guelph on the first of 25 such homes that will be built across Canada under a $4 million project to be co-funded by the Canadian Government, Owens Corning Canada and five participating builders. The program will effectively double the number of Net-Zero Energy homes in Canada.
“Net-Zero Energy homes are incredibly progressive,” stated Corey McBurney, President of EnerQuality, an organization that designs and delivers green building programs to the residential construction industry, “Reid’s Heritage Homes and their partners Owens Corning Canada and Building Knowledge Canada are continuing to raise the bar in energy efficient home design.”
According to McBurney, the five homes under construction are ENERGY STAR qualified homes, a program that has seen wide-spread adoption across the province and set precedence for innovation in the industry. For a home to qualify, it must be at least 20% more energy efficient than those built to minimum provincial building codes. In 2013, more than 9,500 homes qualified in Ontario, representing 28% of all homes built in the province. Since the program’s inception in 2005, EnerQuality has certified more than 72,500 homes in the province.
Reid’s Heritage homes was one of the first builders in Ontario to build entire communities of ENERGY STAR certified homes. Reid’s Heritage Homes is one of the five builders selected by Owens Corning Canada and Natural Resources Canada as part of a national initiative to encourage eco-friendly housing design and continuous innovation.
The $4-million federal Net-Zero Energy Housing project is funded through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) and is part of Canada’s 2011 Economic Action Plan.