Beeton Creek Project Details:
Net Zero Discovery Home Project: Beeton Creek
The Beeton Creek community sold out very quickly. FarSight has reserved one lot within the current project for a full Net Zero Energy discovery home. Applying technologies and concepts from the EnerQuality / BuildAbility LEEP TAP project, FarSight intends to evaluate the practical application of various technologies and allow homeowners to tour the discovery home.
The home will exceed proposed future energy code targets (NBC Tiered Energy Code 2020 tier 5 - Net Zero). They estimate the energy use will be reduced by nearly 60% compared to new homes built today. More significantly, the home will enable ideal control of interior indoor air quality, providing occupants with a healthy, easy to control, comfortable indoor environment.
Some technologies proposed for the discovery project include:
About the FarSight team:
What is the FarSight team's ultimate goal with high performance construction?
To ensure the solid structural and operational integrity of every home. Beyond beautiful designs and architectural appeal, FarSight homes are highly durable, incredibly efficient, exceptionally comfortable and healthy. Homeowners receive a product from FarSight that is prepared for future challenges related to healthy indoor living environments, rising energy cost and consumption, the far reaching effects of climate change, and so much more.
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What are some of the challenges faced by homebuilders today?
When looking at the road to 2032 and Net Zero Ready homes, Johnathan Schickedanz shared these thoughts. "Our industry will have to navigate through the retirement of numerous skilled tradespeople and train a new generation of homebuilder's all while we test new products and implement new construction methods in the quest to creating efficient homes. These new efficient, low load homes will require the trades to pay closer attention to the small details and will place the spotlight on the need for more frequent training to ensure that all trades know what is expected of them." He continued, "As homes become more efficient the possibility for unintended consequences will grow and builders will have to work collectively to find solutions to these issues as they arise."
On the land development front, he shared these thoughts, "I see a continued struggle to bring new lots to market. The provincial government through Bill 108, More Homes More Choice Act, was designed to help streamline this process but I find that municipalities are creating the largest delay in this process. As the province removes a piece of "red tape" the local municipalities are adding two to three more. On top of this, there seems to be a new "need" for municipalities to mandate better than code items as part of the site plan or subdivision agreement process. This municipal overreach, I find, is counterproductive and is slowing the process to bring new lots to market and directly impacting affordability."
In conclusion, he shared FarSight's goals, "to continue to collaborate with members within our sector, test new products and find a balanced approach on creating Net Zero Ready homes that meet the 2032 mandate while keeping a close eye on the cost/s and overall affordability of homes in our communities."
Written By: Andy Oding, Vice President & Director of Building Science, Building Knowledge Canada