Net Zero Home

In August 2022 we started construction on our first-ever Net Zero home in our Westbrooke community. It will also be the first Net Zero home in the Township of Langley. Our aim is to continue to be an industry-leading builder of quality and energy efficient homes.

A Net Zero home is a home recognized and labelled by the Canadian Home Builders Association as a home that meets the technical requirements (including the energy performance rating using NRCan’s EnerGuide Rating System) to be a Net Zero Home. Simply put the Net Zero home label recognizes homes that produce as much energy as they consume.

We were an early adopter of achieving higher steps than required of the BC Energy Step Code through voluntary air testing, envelope upgrades, and EnerGuide Ratings for all homes prior to its implementation. In 2021, our development projects Latimer Creek and Westbrooke Phase 2 were our first to be built to level 4 of 5 with the BC Building Code requirement of only step 3 meaning our homes were 20% more efficient than required. Step 5 of the BC Energy Step Code means achieving Net Zero Ready or up to 80% more energy efficiency than typical new homes.

A Net Zero Ready home is designed with a renewable energy system to achieve Net Zero home performance but without the renewable energy system yet installed. Our home will not only be Net Zero Ready but it will be complete with the renewable energy system in the form of solar panels installed on the roof thus making it a completely Net Zero Home.

Carbon reductions are achieved in a variety of ways from the solar panels all the way down to the concrete used. The concrete itself is made up of a different mix of materials which has a carbon footprint reduction of 50-70% compared to a traditional concrete mix while still achieving the same or better CSA strength requirements. To achieve better energy efficiency throughout the home, it is built with better insulation, air-sealing, LED lighting as well as high-performing windows, appliances and furnace or heat pump.

Our proactive approach to building energy efficient homes has been a great success, as our trades, site, and office staff were well prepared for the industry’s shift to high-performance building. By 2032, the BC Building Code will require all new construction to be Net-Zero Energy Ready, at minimum. The National Building Code of Canada is similarly moving towards this outcome by 2030.

Once again, we are proving our desire to outperform the industry and our competitors by voluntarily building our first Net Zero home. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2023.

A Net Zero Ready home is designed with a renewable energy system to achieve Net Zero home performance but without the renewable energy system yet installed. Our home will not only be Net Zero Ready but it will be complete with the renewable energy system in the form of solar panels installed on the roof thus making it a completely Net Zero Home.

Carbon reductions are achieved in a variety of ways from the solar panels all the way down to the concrete used. The concrete itself is made up of a different mix of materials which has a carbon footprint reduction of 50-70% compared to a traditional concrete mix while still achieving the same or better CSA strength requirements. To achieve better energy efficiency throughout the home, it is built with better insulation, air-sealing, LED lighting as well as high-performing windows, appliances and furnace or heat pump.

Our proactive approach to building energy efficient homes has been a great success, as our trades, site, and office staff were well prepared for the industry's shift to high-performance building. By 2032, the BC Building Code will require all new construction to be Net-Zero Energy Ready, at minimum. The National Building Code of Canada is similarly moving towards this outcome by 2030.

Once again, we are proving our desire to outperform the industry and our competitors by voluntarily building our first Net Zero home. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2023.


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