The Net Zero Movement

Once a rarity, net zero homes are quickly gaining in popularity. That’s because these homes produce as much energy as they consume on a yearly basis, making them hugely efficient, comfortable and environmentally responsible.

The home building industry is continually looking to improve its practices, and the shift towards net zero and net zero ready is one way it’s doing just that. 

Once a rarity, net zero homes are quickly gaining in popularity. That’s because these homes produce as much energy as they consume on a yearly basis, making them hugely efficient, comfortable and environmentally responsible. 

Net zero homes make use of renewable energy systems, such as geothermal and solar, to harness the energy they use to operate. They’re still connected to the electricity grid, so they can give back to the grid when they’re making more energy than they need and draw from the grid when they’re not making enough. What these homes give and take from the electricity grid balances out over time, so they’re considered “net zero.” 

Let’s take a closer look at the reasons homebuilders are opting to build with net zero in mind.

Energy Efficiency

These homes aren’t just energy efficient – they’re up to 80 per cent more efficient than typical new homes.

Owners of net zero homes enjoy low monthly energy bills that won’t rise along with energy rates, because their homes are producing what they need.

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Comfortable

Advanced construction methods, along with top-quality heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, keep net zero homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter without using huge amounts of energy to do so.

These factors also make the house more quiet and improve air quality.

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Pictured: double wall construction, Kohltech Triple Energlas Plus Windows, Fujitsu Ductless Split Heat Pump

Environmentally Responsible

The features that make up a net zero home work together to reduce your home’s environmental footprint, helping to protect natural resources for current and future generations.

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Net Zero Benefits: 1 year review from our client. Credit: C. Jansen

While demand for net zero homes is on the rise, not all homebuilders are qualified to build to these standards. If you’re considering a net zero home, ensure your builder has met the Canadian Homebuilders’ Association’s requirements for a net zero home builder.

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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