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 direct vent hot water heater. Due to the high cost of electricity in Saskatchewan, 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 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.