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Jayman Built’s new net-zero showhome, the Madeline Ultra E-Home, in Seton.
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April 20, 2021 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Jayman's new net-zero homes make energy-efficient design more familiar and accessible for Calgary homebuyers

The future of energy-efficient housing in Calgary has been given a boost, with a major homebuilder now offering a net-zero option on all its models.

Jayman Built recently unveiled its Quantum Performance Ultra E-Home upgrade, which results in a home designed and constructed to produce as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis.

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Dec. 22, 2020 | Josh Skapin

CMHC program can save "green" borrowers up to 25 per cent on mortgage insurance premiums

Along with lowering monthly utility bills, green home features can also cut costs for homeowners by reducing their mortgage insurance premium.

Depending on the home's degree of energy efficiency, up to a quarter of a borrower's premium can be covered by a rebate through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) Green Home program.
Courtesy Urban Indigo Fine Homes

Sept. 25, 2019 | Natalie Noble

Calgary builders smash attached-home stereotypes with innovative new offerings

Many buyers are reluctant to consider an attached home, citing concerns around build quality, space, privacy, condo fees, location, variety and parking. However, the latest wave of developments across the city, which exemplify a new attached lifestyle, might change their mind.

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March 20, 2019 | Mario Toneguzzi

Net-zero homes continue to gain traction in the Canadian housing market

One of the most interesting trends these days in the homebuilding industry is the growing popularity of net-zero homes.

The Finleys hired Jeff Paton of Sunridge Residential to perform an EnerGuide assessment on their 1956 home.
Courtesy David Dodge

Jan. 24, 2018 | David Dodge and Scott Rollans

The EnerGuide enigma

How does your home rate?

Most energy-conscious Canadians wouldn't buy a new appliance without checking its EnerGuide label to see how it rates. EnerGuide labels for homes are starting to catch on with energy-efficient new-home builders. But did you know you can get an EnerGuide assessment for your existing home?

A solar system can provide for all the electricity needs of your net-zero home, including your energy-efficient heating and hot water systems.
Courtesy David Dodge

Oct. 05, 2017 | David Dodge and Scott Rollans

Deep energy retrofits

Are you living in your future net-zero home?

Have you ever dreamed of living in a net-zero home? According to Peter Darlington, that dream might be closer than you think. In fact, you might already be living in your future net-zero home.

Darlington runs Solar Homes Inc., a Calgary company specializing in renovating existing homes into net-zero homes, which produce as much energy as they consume. Net-zero might seem like a remote, ambitious target, but Darlington insists it's more attainable than you might think. In fact, his first green renovation project was on his own 1980s-era home.

An example of a double-skin facade that could address solar challenges in multi-storey buildings., according to Caroline Hachem-Vermette, an assistant professor of architecture in the Solar Energy and Community Design Lab at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design. Illustration courtesy Caroline Hachem-Vermette.

Dec. 16, 2016 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Reaching for the sun

University research looks at solar solutions to multi-storey challenges

New research at the University of Calgary could lead to condominium and apartment high-rises being retrofitted to become energy-efficient and green-energy-producing buildings.

Caroline Hachem-Vermette, an assistant professor of architecture in the Solar Energy and Community Design Lab at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Environmental Design, is looking at new ways to optimize solar capture on multi-storey buildings to help offset their energy use.

"Most of the buildings that exist now will be existing in 50 years, so we really need to move in this direction," said Hachem-Vermette, whose interest in the area came out of wider research she did on the design of mixed-use solar communities.

BONE Structure homes are constructed from pre-cut beams that interlock together. The building process generates no waste, and takes under a week to complete. Photo courtesy BONE Structure

Sept. 23, 2016 | Andrea Cox

Bare BONES

Net-zero technology promises to revolutionize homebuilding

As provincial and federal building regulations become more focused on sustainable development, BONE Structure founder and CEO Marc Bovet has seized the momentum and is helping to reshape the way we think about homebuilding.

After a personal homebuilding project went sour 10 years ago, Bovet, fuelled by frustration, took it upon himself to innovate a better way to build.

He talked to people, researched and looked at the ideology behind Lego, eventually coming to the "aha moment" that formed the premise behind BONE Structure.

April 21, 2016 | Joel Schlesinger

Low-cost lifestyle

Five tips to go net-zero without the hefty price tag

Calgarians seeking a more net-zero lifestyle don't have to rely soley on big-ticket solar panels, geothermal heating and other energy-efficient technologies, say experts.

"There are plenty of little things people can do in their homes to move toward a net-zero lifestyle that aren't necessarily costly," said Areni Kelleppan, executive director of Green Calgary, a non-profit urban environmental organization that encourages Calgarians to live greener.

Don't know where to start? No need to worry: CREB®Now asked some green experts to offer up a few low-cost ideas to walk a more net-zero path:

Avalon Master Builder is currently building Zen Solar in Cranston, where all 66 townhomes in the southeast community will have solar panels. Photo courtesy Avalon Master Builder

April 21, 2016 | Barb Livingstone

Tesla of homebuilding

Net-zero homes teetering between niche and mainstream, say experts

A net-zero home may soon become the Tesla of modern homebuilding.

Avalon Master Builder president Ryan Scott – whose company, in 2008, built its first of three net-zero houses in partnership with SAIT – said while consumer demand for green housing technologies is growing, there is still a ways to go before they become mainstream, given the added price tag.

"A certain number of people will put their money where their mouth is and buy a net-zero home (homes that produce as much energy as they use), just as they do for a Tesla (electric car that used to start at about $75,000 US)."

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