Eyedro Monitors Calgary’s First Net-Zero Energy Home
Home will be first in Calgary to receive government recognition of Net-Zero Energy performance
Yesterday, Mattamy Homes, North America’s largest privately owned homebuilder, officially celebrated the completion of its first Net -Zero Energy home (NZE) today in Calgary as part of a national project that will almost double the number of NZE homes in Canada. The home is one of five that Mattamy will be constructing in the NE community of Cityscape by Spring 2016.
Net Zero Energy homes are energy efficient residences that generate as much energy as they consume on an annual basis. Mattamy’s 1658 square foot home features 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.
“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. “It is thanks to the contributions of our dedicated staff and project partners that we are able to achieve this milestone of completion and continue to demonstrate leadership in building energy-efficient and sustainable homes. 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.”
Ribbon cutting VIPs from left to right:
Andy Goyda, Owens Corning Canada
Don Barrineau, Mattamy Homes
Brad Carr, Mattamy Homes
Warren Saunders, Mattamy Homes
Donna Moore, Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Calgary
Salvatore Ciarlo, Owens Corning Canada
More than $4 million in funding and in-kind contributions from Natural Resources Canada’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII), Owens Corning Canada and the building industry will allow for the construction of at least 25 Net Zero Energy homes in four provinces — Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Québec.
The Net Zero Energy Homes Project will take what were once one-off, high performance custom homes and make them accessible to the everyday consumer. Mattamy Homes’ participation in the project will also allow it to secure a new Government of Canada certified level of recognition from Natural Resources Canada as it contributes to the improved energy performance and commoditization of net zero energy homes.
“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. “As Canada’s largest homebuilder, Mattamy is well-positioned to demonstrate that these homes can be available to the average homebuyer.”
Mattamy will also be enrolling all five homes in the Canadian Home Builders Association’s Pilot Net Zero Energy Home Labelling Program. “Innovative builders like Mattamy are key to continuing to move our industry forward, inspiring us with the possibilities, and showing just how great Canadian housing is and can be,” said Bard Golightly, past President of the CHBA. “We all love our homes. A Net-Zero Energy home loves you back — it shelters you from rising utility costs, it delivers exceptional comfort, it works better, and it lasts.”