These are some of the systems and standards we use in the construction of our low-carbon footprint homes.
Our low-carbon footprint homes, including the Énergîte@Aylmer home, use radiant in-floor heating. But did you know that we also use the same radiant system for cooling the home as well? Radiant flooring systems are renowned for their even temparature distribution and air quality. The absence of ductwork in the home helps significantly reduce pollutants and irritants and helps keep your home cleaner. And even temperature distribution across the slab floor eliminates hot and cold zones in your home, and gives you comfortable feet year round. You can read more about healthy heating here.
Air Leakage Standards
The best-built homes are airtight to minimize energy loss, and feature an air exchanger to evacuate stale air and bring in fresh air. An airtight home is always more comfortable to live in, and provides for better air quality. Our homes are built to exceed the highest Canadian standards for air leakage. These are demanding standards that require best practices in building construction, an approach to which we are wholly committed.
Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV)
Like an HRV, an ERV recovers heat from exhaust air, but it also recuperates the heat that is trapped in moisture, which greatly improves the overall recovery efficiency. In humid climates, it restricts the amount of moisture entering your home and when humodoty levels are low, such as during the winter, it limits moisture loss in your home. As aprt of an overall system, an ERV helps your heating and cooling elements operate more efficiently.
Advanced Framing Techniques
We use advanced framing techniques to optimize material utilization and improve energy efficiency. This approach reduces wood waste, helps improve the integrity of wood framed structures, and is critical for creating a high performance, energy efficient home with marginalized thermal bridging.
We panelize our walls on site, then erect them using a crane while ensuring that tight tolerances are respected and that wall sections are straight and true. The end result is a secure, energy efficient wall structure that will provide lasting performance. Click here to read more about Advanced Wood Framing Techniques
Blue Skin Wall Membrane
We wrap all exterior walls and roofing with a blue skin high performance self-adhering composite membrane. This effectively seals the wall completely from moisture and damage from extreme weather.
Blue skin membranes represent the utmost in waterproofing and sealing practices for new homes and will provide you with a worry-free structure that is impervious to water and moisture infiltration.
Two-stage Wall System
All exterior walls use a two-stage wall system. The first (exterior facing stage) provides rigid insulation, 6 inches of eco batt insulation and is terminated with a vapour barrier. Then, a second wall system is constructed and insulated with a further 4 inches of insulation prior to drywall. An air space between the two walls allows electrical wiring and outlets to be installed without compromising the vapour barrier in any way. Overall, this approach to wall systems provides for a continuous R39.5 wall.
Premium Rigid Slab Insulation
The heated floor slab is insulated with 8 inches of rigid styrofoam board to provide for an R40 value, whereas the perimeter walls are insulated with 5 inches of rigid styrofoam for an R25 value. The emphasis on super-insulating the slab and perimeter ensures for a comfortable living environment while ensuring that demands on the heating and cooling system are nominal.
In addition to its beauty and cachet, a steel roof performs much better than traditional shingles and has a much longer life. Ultimately, all shingles find their way into land fills. Steel roofs on the other hand last upwards of 40 years and can be recycled. Steel is lightweight, strong, sheds snow and water and will not blow away in a windstorm – as is often the case with poorly installed roof shingles. It’s the ideal eco-friendly product for our harsh climate.
Fiberglass Windows, Doors and Patio Doors
Fiberglass windows and doors outperform wood and vinyl products from several perspectives. They handle extreme temperatures, are tougher, and have a much longer lifespan. They can also be repainted, and are much more energy efficient than vinyl windows. They are the better choice for quality, energy efficient homes.
Dedicated Dehumidifier System
We install a dedicated, Energy Star certified dehumidifier on separate ducting to ensure the finest humidity control. This type of system does not “share” its ducts with other systems, and features a MERV 11 high efficiency filter to capture dust and airborne particles. Humidity control is critical in ensuring air quality in your home, and preventing damage to materials and finishes.
Active Radon Mitigation System
Installing an active, fan operated radon mitigation system in a new healthy home just makes good sense. In fact, radon mitigation is recommended in all new home construction. The best systems are active and feature a sealed system with exhaust fan venting well above the roof line, which is what we use for our homes.
Did you know that the average new residential construction uses more than two full dumpsters for waste disposal? In the national capital region, that’s about 25,000 dumpsters in local landfills every year! We build our homes with waste management in mind. We marginalize waste through proper materials planning, sorting of waste products, returning applicable products to mother earth, and re-using materials where it makes sense. For example, our entrance and landings re-use perfectly good reclaimed stone pavers. Ask us about some of our other waste management techniques.
Imagine living in a home where you will never have to worry about flooding. This is actually easy to accomplish, by respecting grading, managing water run-off, and ensuring that water sources are diverted properly. Unfortunately, it’s an often butchered process in new home construction which can lead to flooding, material losses, and more waste as a result. Our homes are designed to be virtually flood-proof. Ask us how we do it!