Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes

The Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes sponsored by Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation and the Nova Scotia Home Builders' Association

Helping Nova Scotian Homeowners Save

The Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association (NSHBA) and Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation are introducing the Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Home program.

Two demonstration homes will be built in the metro area this summer with the latest technology in energy efficient home design, construction materials and equipment. These homes will have a minimum EnerGuide rating of 92 making them local benchmarks for energy efficient home construction.

“These homes have a number of leading edge cost effective features,” says Paul Pettipas, CEO of NSHBA, “When it comes to building a new home, making choices that will keep your energy costs at a minimum is a great investment.”

With the cost of energy continuing to rise, energy efficiency is important to think about when building a home. Energy efficient homes help reduce energy costs, the home’s carbon foot print and provide lasting comfort. The Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes program was developed last year when Nova Scotian builders were challenged to create an advanced energy efficient home design.

Denim Homes submitted the winning design, which was chosen by an inde­pendent panel of judges. The design includes a versatile energy efficient home that can easily be built to suit the lifestyle of Nova Scotian families.

The second phase of the project result ed in two builders being chosen to ac­tually complete the building of the home. Denim Homes will be building one of the homes on a concrete slab in Lower Sackville while Whitestone Builders are con structing the second home, with a full basement, in Dartmouth.

Both Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes are part of the Perform­ancePlus program and will have unique features that clearly define them as energy efficient.

Some of the features include:

  • A fully insulated foundation/ slab,
  • 10″ thick walls for optimal insulation,
  • A solar powered water heating system,
  • A drain water heat recovery system,
  • Energy Star certified appliances,
  • Triple glazed windows, and,
  • Photovoltaic Panels to collect solar energy and return it to the residential power grid.

The Demonstration Homes will be open for public viewing in early Fall, 2011.

To view a PDF of this article as published in The Chronicle Herald’s Homes etc on July 15, 2011, please download here (appx 1.5 mb).


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