A select group of area home builders are taking energy efficiency to the next level by building four new ‘Discovery Homes’ in the Niagara Region. The homes will incorporate a number of new innovative energy-efficient technologies.
The innovative selections are the culmination of Natural Resources Canada’s Local Energy Efficiency Partnership (LEEP) next-generation technology identification selection process. The LEEP project began over a year ago with the goal of helping home builders prepare for new energy building code standards, which was introduced in 2012. It also aimed to meet the growing expectations of home-buyers for more energy efficient homes. “What’s different about these TAP ‘Discovery Homes’ is that builders worked together to review and select which technologies would work best in their particular region,” said EnerQuality President Corey McBurney, who added, “Niagara builders, along with municipal building officials gained confidence in these next-generation technologies and installation methods through their participation in the LEEP process. Through TAP, they will further increase their confidence that these technologies will be successful in their market and result in energy savings for their customers.”
Ontario Home Builders’ Associations in London, Sudbury, Hamilton-Halton, Niagara and the Greater Toronto Area, have embraced the LEEP and TAP initiatives. “Code 2012 is bringing advanced construction methods to the norm” said Michael Kennedy, Pinewood Niagara Home Builders, “participating in LEEP TAP advances knowledge and building techniques to another level. The technologies/products we chose are cost effective and tangible for the new home purchaser.”
“TAP is a brilliant program and Enbridge is proud to partner with Ontario builders to not only share what we know, but to accelerate the introduction of some pretty cutting-edge technology,” said Mary Harinck of Enbridge Gas Distribution. Funding for the LEEP and TAP initiative has been provided by Natural Resources Canada, the Ontario Power Authority, Enbridge Gas Distribution, and Union Gas.