Demonstration Homes are not just energy efficient, but built with local products

Both of the Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes pride themselves on their ability to save owner’s money in becoming extremely energy efficient. That said, there is something else that brings them satisfaction – the fact that they are built with the majority of products being manufactured and purchased locally in Nova Scotia.

The roof trusses were produced in Nova Scotia and purchased locally at Kent Building Supplies

Starting right at the top, the roof trusses were produced in Nova Scotia and purchased locally at Kent Building Supplies. Additionally, all of the solar equipment, including the photovoltaic panels on the roof, have been produced in Dartmouth, and manufactured in the province by ThermoDynamics. The PV panels are the homes’ primary renewable energy system and they help reduce energy costs.

Additionally, the gypsum for the drywall was mined in the province and distributed by Barrett Truss and Building Supplies. They also provided all of the wood used to build the majority of the houses’ infrastructure. That said, while the wood for the hardwood stairs was manufactured in New Brunswick, the hardwood flooring and floor trusses were harvested and produced in Nova Scotia.

The majority of the windows installed in the Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes are triple glazed/ paned, low-E argon windows.

The majority of the windows installed in the Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes are triple glazed/ paned, low-E argon windows. This allows the heat generated from the homes’ internal heating system to be contained within the home during the cold months and helps keep the heat out during the warmer months, increasing the homes’ energy efficiency. The windows have been manufactured in Nova Scotia and purchased from a local company, Polytech Windows.

The insulation used in the Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes is a fibrous material known as cellulose

The insulation used in the Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes is a fibrous material known as cellulose that is made completely out of recycled materials. This insulation was created in Nova Scotia by Thermocell Insulation.

While the wood from the cabinets in the homes was from Craftmade Kitchens in New Brunswick, the cabinets were built in Fall River. Also from New Brunswick were all of the doors, which were distributed by Metro Window and Doors.

As a whole, it is evident that by purchasing the majority of the products from Nova Scotia and neighbouring provinces, the Demonstration Homes have not only been able support local organizations, but also keep costs lower for the future homeowner, making it that much more unique and special.

Comments

  1. Hello

    I recall earlier that these homes are to be open in early October for visits. Is that still the plan? Details?

    Thank you for letting me know.

    John


    John Salsbury
    September 26th, 2011
  2. That is correct, John. Demonstration Homes will be open to the public starting Saturday, Oct 1. They will be open every weekend, from 1-4 PM until Dec.11. Hope you get out to see them!


    admin
    September 26th, 2011
  3. I can’t find the address on Googlemaps. It must be a new street.
    Where exactly is it, thanks.

    Paul.


    Paul Melanson
    October 1st, 2011
  4. Hi Paul,
    You are right – the Sackville location in Sunset Ridge is currently unavailable on GoogleMaps as the streets are too new. However, you can see directions to both homes on the individual home profile pages (see “Demonstration Homes” and choose either Dartmouth or Sackville).
    Hope you get out to see the homes!


    admin
    October 5th, 2011
  5. Is the NSCC house in Middleton part of your project?

    Anything here in the Valley?


    Kevin
    October 23rd, 2011
  6. Thank you for your interest in the Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes. The NSCC house in Middleton is not a part of our project. However, we have two locations for the demonstration homes, one in Middle Sackville and the other in Dartmouth. We hope you have the chance to tour the homes as they are open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm – 4 pm until the middle of December.

    Side note: for a Valley connection, you may be interested in knowing that the builder of the Sackville Demonstration Home – Denim Homes – is located in New Minas. Check out their profile on this site, along with the builder of the Dartmouth location, Whitestone Developments.


    admin
    October 27th, 2011

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