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Guelph Net Zero Energy home first built in national demonstration project

Home Builder celebrates the first of 25 net zero energy homes to be built across Canada

Guelph - Canada’s newest Net Zero Energy home has been built in Guelph. Constructed by Reid’s Heritage Homes, the house is the first completed as part of a national demonstration project to prove that Net Zero homes can be built on a community-level scale. The goal is to make Net Zero Energy homes—which produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis—fully accessible and affordable to all Canadians.

Reid’s Heritage Homes is building five homes as part of this project. Overall, five builders were selected to participate in the national project that will see the construction of at least 25 Net Zero Energy homes in four provinces—Nova Scotia, Québec, Alberta, and Ontario. This total will almost double the amount of Net Zero Energy homes currently in Canada.

Unlike other custom Net Zero homes that have been built across Canada in previous years, this project will utilize existing technology and products that are readily available to the average builder.

“Instead of building these homes as one-off, custom-built projects, this project is geared to the mainstream public, and the low-rise production builder,” said Blake Seeberger, Senior Vice-President of Residential, Reid’s Heritage Homes. “In fact, standing on the driveway facing the house, there is little indication that this is a real-world example of the future of housing.”

The back roof tells a different story. The 33 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels from Bluewater Energy are a more obvious sign of the innovative technology being implemented in this project. The PV panels will produce the energy required for the home to achieve Net Zero Energy status.

More importantly, the technologies underneath the façade are what make this Net Zero Energy home innovative and affordable. One of the critical technologies is the insulated and airtight design providing an advanced envelope system made possible by the Owens Corning™ CodeBord® Air Barrier system, which significantlyreduces air leakage of the home. The homes have triple pane windows by JELD-WEN Windows, for enhanced comfort and insulation while providing noise reduction. The home incorporates the latest air source heat pump space heating technology from Mitsubishi Electric and a leading-edge hybrid air source heat pump hot water tank from Rheem Canada.

“Today’s achievement is the product of years of planning and hard work by some of Canada’s brightest minds in the homebuilding industry,” said Andy Goyda, Canadian Builder Lead and Marketing Development Manager for Owens Corning Canada. “We are proud to be a part of this project that is changing the way homes are built and that will allow more homeowners across the country to help insulate themselves from rising energy costs.”

Built in the Westminster Woods community of Guelph, Ontario, the project’s inaugural home will be used as a show house for the remaining four Net Zero Energy homes to be built by Reid’s Heritage Homes. The second home is already for sale while the remaining three will be completed by spring of 2016.

“Guelph is thrilled to be the site of the first completed home in this groundbreaking initiative,” concluded Cam Guthrie, Mayor of Guelph. “Congratulations to Reid’s Heritage Homes, who continues to strengthen its well-deserved reputation as a leading builder across Canada.”

Tesla Motors was also present at the event promoting their electric vehicles, charging stations and their new Powerwall battery storage. Reid’s Heritage Homes intends to offer the Tesla Energy Powerwall battery to its homebuyers once it becomes available in Canada.

The public is invited to attend the public grand opening on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm and tour the home. Prizes will be given out to the first 100 people who register and attend the grand opening.

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