I've chosen Titan Wall to supply my entire home in SIP form, importing my own windows and doors from Germany
Steve B. says Net Zero homes in Canada suffer from traditional homebuilders either not knowing - or not caring - about the value they could bring to their customers.
September 19, 2014 by Steve Payne
We continue to get posts about an ultra-energy-efficient home-build we covered two years ago. The builder was Reiner Hoyer and you can see the original post here – The House With No Furnace.
Here’s the latest response to this story, from Steve B.
“Mr. Hoyer is shown to be a “contractor.” As such (he likely paid) contractor prices for much of his building products… typically a discounted value of 10-15% less, so in reality, I suspect (his home cost) 18-22% higher than a similar “custom” home.
“This makes it unreachable by most home buyers and this is the true bane of building a net zero home in Canada. Traditional home builders either don’t know – or don’t care about – the value they could bring en masse to home owners. In fact, they know the average home owner will only stay in a home for 5-7 years, providing a “move-up” model to that same owner as well.
“I’ve chosen Titan Wall Inc in southern AB to supply my entire home in SIP form, importing my own windows and doors from Germany and going with Mitsubishi mini-split ductless system in conjunction with heated concrete floors with interior portico both front and rear of t he home to minimize heat loss upon entry and exit. All while achieving a build cost of $125/sq ft on 1250sq/ft bungalow. I would be remiss if I didn’t say that the pricing needs to be more attractive to all so even home builders get it (wishful thoughts).