We have a dedicated website for our Net Zero project! Visit LiveNetZero.com for all details related to our project, grand openings, and registration.
What is a Net Zero Energy Home?
In simple language, a Net Zero Energy home produces as much energy as it uses on an annual basis, depending on occupant behaviour. In terms of technology, materials and efficiency standards, the homes are built at least 15 years ahead of where the building industry is today. They include features such as advanced heating, cooling, ventilation, high-efficiency windows, superior levels of insulation and air tightness and solar panels that feed the electrical grid.
Net Zero homes have been around for many years but they have typically been
custom-built and at a significantly higher expense than regular homes.
National Net Zero Demonstration Program
The American Association of Architects set a goal that by 2030, all homes could be built to produce as much energy as they consume. Inspired, Ministry of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) partnered with Owens Corning to come up with a program or platform to test that objective. It was important, however, that this initiative differ from past Net Zero houses, which have been custom built one-of-a-kind designs. This project is geared to the mainstream public, and the low-rise production builder, using products that are readily available to the average builder.
NRCan began by assessing builder interest, and by looking into their experience, knowledge and reputation. Owens Corning and third-party independent consultants made recommendations. Reid’s Heritage Homes were then approached to represent Southwestern Ontario in the Fall of 2013.
The overall national project will see the construction of at least 25 Net Zero Energy homes in four provinces – Nova Scotia, Québec, Alberta, and Ontario. Reid’s Heritage Homes will be constructing five Net Zero Homes by 2016 in its flagship Westminster Woods community in Guelph, Ontario.
Reid’s Heritage Homes is honoured to have been selected as a participant in this national demonstration program and has accepted this exciting building challenge with the goals of:
Net Zero homes will be healthy, safe, comfortable and durable, and will hedge against increasing energy costs. They will provide all of the benefits of resource-efficient, affordable sustainable housing, by making this option accessible to every day families.
Some of the benefits that Net Zero Energy Homes provide include:
To build a Net Zero Energy Home, we are focusing on the following items:
Net Zero Energy Housing Council
In January 2015, Reid’s Heritage Homes became a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s official Net Zero Energy Housing Council – the first such council through this association.
CHBA’s Net Zero Energy Housing Council (NZC) supports innovation in the homebuilding industry with the goal of creating a market advantage for CHBA builder and renovator members pursuing Net Zero Energy performance. The Council's work will help to meet the housing aspirations of Canadians, and renew Canadian leadership in high performance housing.
Visit LiveNetZero.com for more details and to book a tour of the Net Zero Discovery Home.
Groundbreaking of Net Zero home in Guelph - September 29, 2014
Ribbon Cutting of Net Zero home in Guelph - September 11, 2015