What does this mean for our homeowners?
- More Comfortable Living
They can be assured of a very air tight home providing them a comfortable living experience even when their home is exposed to our extreme temperatures in our climate. They can be warm and cozy on those cold winter days and cool and refreshed when running an air conditioner on those hot summer Saskatchewan days.
- More Affordable Home Ownership
A Pacesetter Energuide Rated Home will be more affordable to operate than similar homes. Our homes will have lower utility (Power & Energy) costs saving a homeowners hundreds of dollars on an annual basis and into the thousands over their home ownership journey with a Pacesetter Home.
- Cashback of Thousands of Dollars from Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC)
CMHC has a program for home buyers providing a 15% cashback rebate on their CMHC premium fees if a home is Energuide rated 15% better than the typical home. Pacesetter is continually improving all our ratings with all of our homes exceeding this threshold providing our customers with cash back in their pockets to help furnish their new Pacesetter home.
CHMC Premium Discount Program Examples:
Full CMHC premiums are charged up front the clients then complete an application submitting our energy rating certificate proving the home was built 15% more energy efficient than a typical modeled home. CMHC will then send customer a cheque for the 15% premium refund.
$400,000 purchase price
5% down payment $20,000
$380,000 Mortgage X 1.04% CMHC premium = $15,200
$15,200 X 15% rebate = $2,280 Cashback to our customers.
96% Efficient Furnace
A 96% energy efficient furnace with an HRV system is an important factor in the air tightness of your home. It contributes to reduced air leakage, which means fewer drafts, less noise, less odors, and lost warm air in the winter and cooled air in the summer. An HRV system works by providing you with a constant flow of fresh air while recovering the heat from the stale air that is being exhausted from your home. Thereby helping you maintain a more comfortable, healthier indoor environment. A programmable WIFI thermostat can help you manage heating and cooling anywhere in your home, on any day. We also ensure that our mechanical systems are designed to the home size ensuring equal distribution of heating and cooling systems.
Natural Gas Water Heater
In your home you are provided with a 40 US Gallon direct vent hot water heater. Due to the high cost of electricity in Regina, this saves you over $500 per year compared to an electric water heater.
Energy Efficient Windows
Our homes feature triple glazed, low e windows filled with argon gas that are designed to maximize the energy efficiency of your home by preventing air and water leakage with their five-seal defense system. To take it even further, all windows and doors are sealed with a top of the line waterproof membrane as well as insulated with spray foam to ensure they are air tight.
Air Tight Seal
You want your home to be as air tight as possible to eliminate drafts and maintain an even temperature throughout your home. This means that it is important to properly seal around all windows and doors, vents and electrical outlets. Our homes come standard with an R50 blown in ceiling insulation, and we go above the standard building code for our climate by using spray foam sealant at all attic penetrations. We also use vapour sealed electrical boxes on all exterior walls and attics to eliminate drafts. Lower utility bills is a result of an air tight home that will help with the cost of new home-ownership and they also add great re-sale value to your home!
High efficiency LED lighting is used throughout our homes which not only cuts down on energy consumption, but it also has a longer life span and shouldn’t need to be replaced for up to 15 years! LEDs use less energy than other bulbs which allows them last about 25,000 hours on average.
We use some recycled materials for our insulation and take great care to reduce, reuse and recycle all building materials. We occasionally donate extra materials that cannot be returned to the restore for Habitat for Humanity.
Blower Door Test
We have diligently defined Industry Leading Air Tightness Scopes of Work for all of our trades involving any building envelope penetrations. This ensures that our 3rd party blower door test achieves less than 1.0 Air exchanges per hour. Meaning that it will take less energy to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
Prior to drywall being installed in our homes we complete a thermal imaging test to ensure that there is no areas in the home lacking insulation.
We have a solar-ready conduit installed on all our Single Family Homes for easy connectivity for future solar panels. We also take extra diligence to install any roof venting on the north roof so the south, west & east roofs can be used for solar panel installs.
We use low flow toilets, shower heads and faucets with our standard now being dual flush toilets.
We use a high efficiency HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator) to ensure air freshness. We use Hypo-Allergenic premium carpet underlay and all of the paints that we use are low VOC (volatile organic compound). After completing all construction we do a complete cleaning of all duct work to ensure that there are no dust or drywall particles in the vents.
Home sites are chosen with orientation of homes in mind to take advantage of future solar panel generation and passive solar gain from window locations. We also choose home sites in close proximity to take advantages of building efficiencies while reducing carbon emissions and waste.
All the energy efficient features in our homes work together to be kind to the environment and lower your energy consumption, to reduce your home’s carbon footprint and allow you to save money on monthly bills and spend it on the things that matter most to you.