Mattamy doubles down on Net Zero Energy in Calgary
Home building giant completes first of five ZNE homes in Alberta
By John Bleasby
Zero Net homes (ZNE’s) are the talk of the residential landscape across Canada, and now North America’s largest privately-owned home builder is officially part of the movement. A striking new 1658 square foot house in Calgary’s NE community of CityScape built by Mattamy Homes is the first of five similar residences to be completed by spring 2016.
“This flagship project will help pave the way for Mattamy, as well as other production homebuilders, to make Net Zero homes available in more communities,” said Brad Carr, President, Mattamy Homes Canada.
Net Zero Energy homes are energy efficient residences that generate as much energy as they consume on an annual basis, made possible due to such innovative features as advanced insulation (the Owens Corning™ CodeBord® Air Barrier System); Plygem triple-pane windows; Mitsubishi Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pump; Rheem High Efficiency Domestic Hot Water Heater, Eyedro real-time energy monitoring system; and 40 SolarMax photovoltaic panels.
“The net zero project aims to prove that existing technologies can be utilized to make these ultra-efficient homes available at a community-scale,” said Andy Goyda, Canadian Builder Lead and Marketing Development Manager for Owens Corning Canada.
Natural Resource Canada ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, along with major partner Owen Cornings Canada have generated $4 million in funding and in-kind contributions, and are teaming up with the building industry to construct at least 25 ZNE homes across four provinces; Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.
“Mattamy is proud to be one of five builders, and the only builder in Western Canada, selected to participate in this initiative, leading the way towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable future” continued Carr. Mattamy will also be enrolling all five homes in the Canadian Home Builders Association’s Pilot Net Zero Energy Home Labelling Program.
“A Net Zero Energy home loves you back” explained Bard Golightly, past President of the CHBA. “It shelters you from rising utility costs, it delivers exceptional comfort, it works better, and it lasts.