Energy Efficient Homes: The Better Way to Build

Today’s homes are more energy efficient than ever. With rising energy costs, high consumer demand, and builders wanting to offer the latest and greatest, energy efficiency is top of mind when building a new house.

Even the latest version of the National Building Code—which sets the minimum standard of construction—requires a certain level of energy efficiency in new home builds.

There are different ways of achieving energy efficiency in a house. The passive house and net zero approaches are two of the best, as a passive house uses very little energy and a net zero house produces as much energy as it consumes. You can learn more about Net Zero Energy Housing from CMHC. 

Below is an excerpt from Passive Design Solutions, a leader in passive home construction in Nova Scotia and beyond. More information on passive homes can be found on the company’s website, at

What is Passive House?

There are many government-sponsored initiatives that encourage homeowners to build energy efficiently. Talk to your builder about the programs available and energy efficient options when designing your new home.

Keith Sawlor Sawlor Built Homes Custom Home Builder in Nova Scotia

Keith Sawlor

Keith Sawlor is the 2nd generation owner of Sawlor Built Homes and has over 35 years experience in Custom Home Building in Nova Scotia. Keith is a Certified Residential Builder with many leading industry certifications, including: Passive House Certified Builder (PHIUS), Net Zero Energy Certified Builder (NZE), Certified R-2000 Builder and Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). Keith sits on the Board of Atlantic Home Warranty and is involved with many other industry programs & associations such as the National Home Builders Association, Canadian Home Builders Association, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Better Business Bureau.

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