Net Zero Homes were once only seen in custom homes, but committed and passionate builders across Canada are now offering Net Zero production homes and even full communities. Energy-efficient homes are becoming more desirable to many Canadians who are looking for superior quality, greater comfort, and who want to be environmentally responsible. And Net Zero communities are helping reach Canada’s emission reduction targets.
So, if you’re considering buying a Net Zero Home, here’s an inside look at the Qualified Net Zero Builders across Canada who have Net Zero communities under CHBA’s Net Zero Home Labelling Program.
Avalon Master Builder
Established in 1983, Qualified Net Zero Builder Avalon Master Builder of Calgary, Alberta is a long-time builder of energy-efficient homes. The company became a Qualified Net Zero Builder after many years of building healthier, more comfortable “green homes.”
Avalon Master Builder is currently involved in CHBA’s Net Zero Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs) initiative, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), to develop Calgary’s first Net Zero and Net Zero Ready stacked townhomes qualified under CHBA’s Net Zero Home Labelling Program.
“ZEN Net Zero Townhomes” Net Zero multi-residential unit building (MURB) by Avalon Master Builder – Calgary, AB
With years of research and experience, Avalon Master Builder’s primary focus with the “ZEN Net Zero Townhomes” project is affordability, while simultaneously achieving the ultimate in comfort and energy efficiency for their customers. Overall, they’re looking to give their customers Net Zero for Zero Dollars, which means that when adding up the cost of the mortgage payment and utility savings, their customers can get an exceptional living experience for no extra money per month over a standard townhome.
Using scalable building techniques and innovative products and technology to help drive down the cost to build the “ZEN Net Zero Townhomes,” Avalon Master Builder hopes to show that Net Zero homes can be just as cost-effective for builders, and ultimately home buyers, as conventional homes.
Doug Tarry Homes
Qualified Net Zero Builder Doug Tarry Homes has been building energy-efficient homes for over 15 years, including Net Zero and Net Zero Ready Homes for over six years. To date, Doug Tarry Homes have labeled more Net-Zero Ready Homes under the CHBA Net Zero Home Labelling Program than any other builder in Canada.
“The Palmer” model in “Harvest Run” Net Zero development by Doug Tarry Homes – St. Thomas, ON
Doug Tarry Homes construct Net-Zero Ready communities from the start, which means that Net Zero elements and technology are roughed-in and ready to be implemented as customers purchase their homes. Their multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), which are part of CHBA’s Net Zero MURBs initiative in partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), as well as their mid-rise apartment buildings under construction, will also be fully Net-Zero. The company is committed to lowering its carbon footprint which includes responsible sourcing and use of products and materials.
Finally, the company’s CEO Doug Tarry is invested in helping educate builders across Canada about high-performance building techniques. To help builders better understand the future beyond Net Zero Homes, Doug Tarry created the four principles of modern Net Zero Home design – Occupant Comfort, Indoor Air Quality, Climate Resiliency, and Carbon Reduction (C.I.C.C.). Under C.I.C.C., their clients enjoy a consistent indoor temperature, clean and fresh air, and added protection from Mother Nature.
For more insights from Doug Tarry about how to construct a Net Zero Home, keep an eye out for his upcoming book From Bleeding Edge to Leading Edge: A Builders Guide to Net Zero Homes or view his recent 4-part webinar series with Building Knowledge Canada.
Hill Bros Realty Ltd.
New Brunswick’s Hill Bros Realty Ltd. started building Net Zero Homes because they are a natural evolution of the R-2000 program, under which Hill Bros Realty Ltd. had already built many energy-efficient homes.
Hill Bros Realty Ltd. builds Net Zero Ready communities to fit the lifestyle of many residents in New Brunswick, which aligned with the company’s goal of building a more sustainable future for Canadians. As Hill Bros Realty Ltd. moves forward, all their homes will be Net Zero Ready to provide harmony with the environment and give customers a high-performance home that will last, while maintaining comfort, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and re-sale value for years to come.
Land Ark Homes
Land Ark Homes, located in Westport, Ontario, has built a reputation for building communities that have withstood the test of time. With over 30 years of experience, Land Ark Homes is committed to building homes designed for comfort and livability.
Land Ark Homes’ goal is to leave a legacy of environmental stewardship in the industry, which is showcased by their most recent project “Watercolour Westport.” Currently in its early development stage, “Watercolour Westport” is a Net Zero Ready community that incorporates the cottage lifestyle and elements of a neighborhood designed around walkability. In this community, every home will be built to the Net Zero Ready standard, with the option for homeowners to add solar panels and take the final step to a Net Zero Home.