Energy Efficient Homes: The Better Way to Build

Posted by Keith Sawlor on 5 May 2017 | 0 Comments

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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

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
Keith Sawlor is the owner of Sawlor Built Homes and has over 30 years experience in Custom Home Building. Keith is a Certified Residential Builder and industry leader in energy efficient R-2000 homes.

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