Housing accounts for 17% of Canada’s secondary energy use and 15% of greenhouse gas emissions. Growth in the housing market has contributed to a 14% increase in household energy use since 1990. Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from this sector will continue to grow if the industry does not build homes substantially more efficient. Net Zero homes provide a way to accomplish these reductions.
NRCan has created a platform called the "ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII)" to support energy technology innovation to produce and use energy in a cleaner and more efficient way. This initiative is a key component of the Government of Canada’s actions to achieve reductions in emissions. The project will also aid in finding long-term solutions to reduce and eliminate air pollutants from energy production and use.
For more information about the national project please see www.zeroenergy.ca.
In partnership with Reid’s Heritage Homes, the University of Guelph will study occupant behaviour by analyzing data collected from the Net Zero homes built in Guelph. They are also conducting research studies with the intent to educate various parties such as:
- Banks and mortgage brokers to offer better lending rates for Net Zero homes that may cost slightly more initially but cost less annually to operate and maintain.
- Appraisers to ensure they are recognizing the features and benefits of Net Zero homes and then providing accurate appraisal values for these types of homes.
- Realtors to understand the benefits of Net Zero homes so they can better match their clients' needs with the products available on the market.
Building Knowledge provides quality service to home builders and home owners by educating and assisting with environmental impacts such as air quality, air tightness, mold, etc. as they pertain to and affect the home living environment.
By combining the education and experience of their dedicated professionals, they are one of the leaders in building performance strategies and cutting edge initiatives. Their credentials include qualifications in the following areas:
- Energy Star for New Homes Natural Resources Canada
- LEED Residential
- Air tightness verifications and detections
- Mold investigations
- HVAC diagnostics
- EcoEnergy Audits for existing homes
- Energy software modeling for ENERGUIDE and HERS ratings
Their cost effective approach allows them the ability to provide their clients with the knowledge and resources required to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.