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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.
Jesse Row sees new energy efficiency programs as a way to save people money while boosting the economy. Photo by Adrian Shellard / For CREB®Now

March 09, 2017 | Barb Livingstone

Energy is Money

New energy savings programs set to save Albertans money


Saving money and energy in your home has just gotten a whole lot easier.


The province has announced details of energy savings programs aimed directly at all Alberta residents, whether they are homeowners, renters, or businesses.


The ballpark cost of buying and installing photovoltaic panels ranges from $2.50 to $3.50 per watt. Supplied photo

Sept. 07, 2016 | Miles Durie

Seeing the light

Solar has come a long way in Alberta, say experts

A6When we last saw headlines from Alberta's home solar energy sector, the news was a bit discouraging. But things have changed, and solar power is now looking like an increasingly bright idea.

Back in 2012, University of Alberta professor Andrew Leach analyzed the costs of Enmax's solar panel leasing program and publicized his finding that homeowners who participated would actually pay more for power than those who stayed with a conventional plan.

Enmax concurred, saying the program was aimed at people who had reasons other than economic ones for choosing solar power.

April 21, 2016 | Giselle Wedemire

Short haul

Tips on how to minimize your carbon footprint when moving

Between packing boxes and hauling all of your earthly possessions, moving can be a real drag – especially on the environment.

From fuel emissions to cardboard boxes, the carbon footprint that comes with moving can be tremendous, said Zach Williams, digital marketing manager at Highland Moving & Storage Ltd., which operates Calgary's eco-friendly movers Frogbox.

Luckily, Williams said green moving is a growing market thanks to the public's increased awareness of the issue of climate change.

In 2013, Landmark built one of the first net-zero communities in Canada — a 14-unit Edmonton townhome project titled Sparrow Landing at Larch Park. Photo courtesy Landmark Group of Companies.

April 21, 2016 | Barb Livingstone

Doing it right

Corporate social responsibility plays into homebuilders' decisions to go green

If you do the right thing corporately, the rewards will come.

That's the succinct explanation of how social responsibility can affect a company's bottom line from the president of one of Alberta's largest homebuilders.

Reza Nasseri's Landmark Group of Companies not only builds about 800 homes annually; it is one of the greenest homebuilders in the province.

"If you don't do something to protect the environment, it is a crime," said the electrical engineer. "I've been pushing this (green building practices) for a long time."

While he sees the province’s $5-million Municipal Solar Program as a positive first step, Greenenergy Renewable Energy Ltd. president Geoff McArthur says the new program may result in some Albertans sitting on the fence awaiting similar incentives for those in urban areas. Photo by Cody Stuart/Manging Editor/CREB®

Feb. 12, 2016 | Cody Stuart

Ray of sunshine

Residential homeowners left in the dark as province rolls out solar energy incentives

While the sun is set to shine a little brighter on some Albertans with news the provincial government will be offering increased incentives for solar power, others in the province are saying they're being left in the dark.

The Alberta government recently announced a $5-million Municipal Solar Program as part of its Climate Leadership Plan. Included in the plan are rebates of up to $0.75 per watt, to a maximum of $300,000 per project, to communities that install solar panels or set up solar panels in fire halls, community centres and offices.

Another $500,000 will go toward Alberta farmers who wish to generate their own electricity.

However, with the program largely ignoring the vast majority of residences, critics of the new incentives say they don't do enough to encourage more Albertans to go green.

Dec. 17, 2014 | CREBNow

Dreaming of a green Christmas

The City of Calgary suggests changing up some holiday acts to decrease environmental impact

The City is urging residents to green up their season this year with some easy tips.

"It doesn't have to be complicated to cut back our environmental impact this time of year," said Claire Beckstead, corporate environmental specialist witht he City. "There are many simple green actions Calgarians can take that lessen our impact on the environment while keeping the fun and excitement of the season."


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