"While we're here, we want to tread as lightly on the earth as we can."
- priMe haBitat Builders
Current and Upcoming High-Performance Home Projects...
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Net Zero Design & Build | Passive House Design & Build | Enhanced-Efficiency Homes
Net Zero Homes produce as much energy as it uses on an annual basis. (Determined by energy-modelling).
Reduces energy-related, ever-increasing monthly utility bills. (Inflation protection for years to come).
NZE homes are better built, more comfortable and quieter to live in than a regular "code-built" home.
Fresh air system reduces allergens, dust, pollen and pollution in the home. Healthy home, with even temperatures.
Protects against climate change, preserves natural resources, minimizes our environmental footprint.
Net-Zero and Passive House... What's the difference?
- Focus on achieving the least amount of energy required to heat/cool a home by using "passive" strategies: Additional insulation, air-tightness, home design/aspect to take advantage of solar gain, eliminating thermal bridging.
- Aim is to REDUCE the need for energy at the design/build phase without the use of on-site renewables like solar panels.
Net Zero House:
- Designed to generate as much energy as it uses on an annual basis. Net Zero uses many Passive House principals, however, will use on-site renewables like solar panels which can be connected to local electric grids.
For a comprehensive description of Net-Zero Housing, click to see the Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corp's "Net Zero" Page.