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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.
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Oct. 19, 2020 | Gerald Vander Pyl

How to make sure your home is properly insulated

With winter knocking on the door, it's a good time to decide if your home could benefit from some improved insulation.

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April 03, 2020 | Natalie Noble

Calgary's new-build homes innovate for safer, smarter and greener living

Smart and green technologies recently considered luxuries are becoming increasingly important to Calgary homebuyers, and the city's homebuilders have taken this to heart.

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Oct. 23, 2019 | Geoff Geddes

Consider your options before replacing your water heater

Like oxygen, hot water is something you only appreciate when it's absent. So, it's not surprising that a water heater is a vital part of the home. Since each home has its own hot water needs, understanding the various types of heaters and what they offer will help you make the right choice for your family.

The provincial Residential No-Cost Energy Savings Program will supply and install — at no charge — simple products that save energy in homes such as LED light bulbs, efficient showerheads and faucets and various other components.

Dec. 16, 2016 | Miles Durie

The upside of carbon tax

New programs could see homeowners coming out ahead

milesIf you've been paying attention, you're aware that, starting Jan. 1, we'll be paying $1.01 more per gigajoule for natural gas to heat our homes and a few extra cents a litre to fuel our cars.

It's the provincial carbon levy, and it's inevitable.

If you're like me, you want to know what the government is going to do with the revenue.

For starters, it's setting up an agency whose goal is to reduce our utility bills, decrease emissions and save energy in general.

The 113-hectare D’Arcy development by United Communities in Okotoks will be  bounded on the north by the town boundary, on the south by Sandstone Gate, on the east by Northridge Drive, and on the west by the D’Arcy Ranch golf course. Photo courtesy United Communities.

Nov. 15, 2016 | Marty Hope

Cultivating new roots

Two historic parcels of Okotoks land to be redeveloped for future generations

Once homesteading land for the D'Arcy and Wedderburn families, two historically significant properties in north Okotoks are to be redeveloped for a new generation of families.

United Communities has purchased approximately 178 hectares of farmland on both sides of Northridge Drive as sites for a pair of mixed use communities — simply to be called D'Arcy and Wedderburn.

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)."

Homeowner Chris Stevenson has spent the last five years building his net-zero home in southwest Calgary. Photo by Adrian Shellard/For CREB®Now.

April 21, 2016 | Joel Schlesinger

Clean living

A green revolution is underway as more Calgarians seek to reduce their carbon footprint with increasingly energy-efficient homes

No one can accuse Chris Stevenson of being all talk and no action when it comes to living green. The 51-year-old Calgarian is walking the walk when it comes to reducing his carbon footprint.

So much so he built his own net-zero home – that is, one that generates as much energy from renewables, such as solar panels, as it consumes.

"I like to do things right, and I'm cheap: I didn't want to be paying a lot for utilities," joked Stevenson, who, until recently, made a living investing in real estate.

CALGARY ALBERTA - December 12th, 2015; Jeff Taylor, President of MYHEAT is photographed in his office in Kensington on December 12th, 2015 (for ) (Adrian Shellard for CREB)

Dec. 21, 2015 | Andrea Cox

Seeing red

Developing technology being used by Okotoks to reduce homes' carbon footprint

As the holiday season approaches and homes light up like Santa's workshop, energy costs will spiral to top of mind for budget-conscious homeowners.

"Certainly, energy efficiency is always on the radar, but even more so during this economy and at this time of year," said Dawn Smith, sustainability co-ordinator for the Town of Okotoks.

The good news is hope is on the way for homeowners who want to manage their energy costs thanks to ongoing research at the University of Calgary.


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