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NET ZERO – THE FUTURE OF CANADIAN BUILDING STANDARDS
Imagine not having to pay for electricity or heating! This is a possibility with a Net Zero home, but it all starts with how your house is built and following Net Zero standards. Here at Royal Homes, we are proud to offer the option of Net Zero homes, we like to think ahead to save you in the long run.
Net Zero homes produce as much clean energy as they consume, have superior air quality standards, and save their owners an estimated $2,500/year on electrical and heating costs. Not to mention the great impact they make on the environment.
Canadians are some of the largest polluters in the world. The average Canadian produces 14 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, with an average of 3.05 tonnes of carbon coming from their home alone, whereas a Net Zero home produces zero. You’ll sleep well at night knowing you are doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint and protect the environment for future generations to enjoy!
The goal for Canada’s Net Zero program is that all new houses being built are to be constructed to Net Zero standards by 2030, but why wait when you can have a Net Zero home built right now?
Some of the benefits you will see in a Net Zero home are:
Greater comfort: strategic placement of the building, windows and overhangs, and increasing the airtightness of the building makes a Net Zero home far less drafty, a lot quieter and less prone to uncomfortable temperature swings.
Healthier indoor air quality: Rather than relying on a leaky building envelope that allows contaminants, uncontrolled moisture, and unconditioned air into the living space, an airtight Net Zero home uses a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) to provide fresh air without wasting energy.
Resilience: Balanced ventilation also provides a degree of protection in the event of wildfires or other events that introduce outdoor contaminants.
Energy savings: Smart design with energy as an early consideration means less energy is used to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Higher resale and rental value: Net Zero houses command a premium for not only their comfort and energy savings but also for their durability.
Smaller ecological footprint: Fewer greenhouse gas emissions and reduced energy use are clear benefits. A more thoughtful design can also result in fewer resources used in the construction of your Net Zero home.
Talk to one of our design specialists today, and find out more about our Net Zero homes!