NetZero Homes & NetZero Renovations
Learn More About NetZero
See how saving energy saves you money and leaves the world a better place. By investing in NetZero technology for your home, you can push the threshold of sustainable living, helping create an environmentally responsible community today!
Credit: Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA)
What is NetZero?
A New Standard for…
- Energy Efficiency
Your New or Existing homes can be designed to be NetZero. What that means is your home can produce as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis. To achieve your NetZero home, first, energy demands are reduced by using proper insulation, air tightness, and high-performing windows and doors. Secondly, energy efficient equipment and appliances are installed. Finally, clean energy is generated on site by taking advantage of renewable resources such as solar, geothermal, or wind.
What are the Benefits of Living NetZero?
By making the transition to a NetZero home, you will gain much more than just reduced energy demands, you’ll gain peace of mind and so much more.
- Predictable and dependable energy savings
- Reduced environmental impact
- Pleasant, constant temperatures in your home, even in the most extreme summer and winter weather conditions
- Reduced air leakage and drafts
- Clean indoor air, filtered and free of dust and allergens
- Comfort of decreased outdoor noise
- Long-term sustainability
- 2030 Building Code Today
- Significant cost savings long-term
How Dunsire Can Help You With Your NetZero Home
Step 1: Energy Modelling and Audit of Your Home
Energy modelling allows us to measure the energy performance of your existing home by assessing key energy saving opportunities such as insulation, windows, doors, heating and cooling, ventilation, lighting, and appliances.
Dunsire will guide you through the following Energy Modelling and Audit process:
- Initial efficiency optimization exercise
- Cost optimization & ease-of-construction analysis
- Net Zero Ready/Net Zero specification and scope development
- In-field verification, trade training and quality assurance inspections
- Owner and occupant consultation meeting: pre- and post-construction
Step 2: Insulation and Air Tightness of Your Home
Reducing the amount of heat transferred between the inside of your home and the outside environment results in a substantial decrease to your home’s energy requirements. Elements that lower heat transfer include exterior insulation, air tightness, and triple-glazed windows. Together, these elements result in more than just energy savings. Additional benefits include a highly stable and uniform temperature throughout the house, even in the most extreme summer or winter weather conditions.
Step 3: Energy Efficient Equipment in Your Home
Imagine putting one dollar into your bank account and getting four in return. That’s kind of how a heat pump works – giving more energy output (heating or cooling) than it takes in. So, forget that furnace! With state-of-the-art mechanical equipment and energy-efficient lighting and appliances, your entire home can be powered by clean electricity. As a bonus, the indoor air is filtered to be free of dust and allergens.
Step 4: Generating Renewable Energy for Your Home
By including a way to generate renewable energy on site, such as installing solar panels, geothermal, or a wind turbine, your home can produce all the energy it requires throughout the year. By remaining connected to the electricity grid, you get the best of both worlds. You maintain reliable electricity service at times when your demand exceeds your production, while earning credits when there is excess energy produced. These credits reduce the monthly energy bill to a small transmission and administration fee depending on your energy provider(s). Or include on-site storage for peace of mind and keep the lights on during that next unexpected power outage.
Step 5: Final Energy Modelling and Audit of Your Home
Final energy modelling measures the impact of your investment on the energy performance of your new or renovated home. Now that you’ve updated your energy reducing variables such as insulation, windows, doors, heating and cooling, ventilation, lighting, and appliances, this final audit demonstrates your immediate savings and health benefits for you and your family.
How Much Does This Cost?
- One of the most common concerns about green construction is that it will cost more money. This is a misconception. While some costs may be needed to upgrade key energy saving materials, this investment produces savings that outweigh the initial costs over the long-term.
- As the price of energy goes up, your energy and utility bills will lower or NetZero.
- Green building should ideally be viewed as a sustainable investment in your financial, physical and environmental well-being, as well as that of the environment itself.
- We can help finance your NetZero Renovations through our preferred lending partners who mutually value creating your NetZero home.
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Learn More about NetZero and how you too can help leave the world a better place. Through your home you too can push the threshold of sustainable living, helping create an environmentally responsible community today!