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 passivedesign.ca.

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.

Check out our Energy Efficiency page to learn about the 4 standards we discuss often with our Clients!

Keith Sawlor Sawlor Built Homes Custom Home Builder in Nova Scotia

Keith Sawlor

Keith Sawlor is the second generation Owner of Sawlor Built Homes. With more than 35 years experience building custom homes in Nova Scotia, Keith has built a team that mirrors his professional knowledge and values.

Keith is a Certified Residential Builder who is also certified with many leading industry organizations. He is a Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified Builder, a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Certified Builder, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) R-2000 Certified Builder, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Keith is a Board Member of the Atlantic Home Warranty Program as well as the Canadian Home Builders' Association Nova Scotia. He is involved in many other industry programs and associations, such as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Better Business Bureau.


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