When deciding to build an energy-efficient home there are two main areas that will improve energy savings. Using industry-leading mechanical systems to reduce power and gas consumption and ensuring that the home is well insulated and airtight to make the best use of those mechanical systems.
Let's start with our energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.
98% efficient modulating ECM Motor Gas Furnace
The furnace here is an EnergyStar rated furnace qualifying for up to 98% annual fuel utilization efficiency. The modulating burner design continuously adjusts its heating output in 1% increments to save fuel and accurately match your desired temperature. As well the variable speed ECM fan motor provides quiet, efficient circulation.
High Efficient 16 SEER Air Conditioner
SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. It is a measure of the cooling output of a unit divided by the energy it uses in Watt-Hours. The important part here is that this unit works to maintain a consistent temperature in the home while using less energy. This keeps the homeowners more comfortable and saves them money! It is a triple win if you consider the impact on the environment as well.
High-Efficiency Condensing Power Gas Water Heater
Besides consuming less fuel to heat your water this unit also includes a few extra features. It is a self-diagnostic system so should anything go wrong with the water heater it will be easy to service. As well it includes Dual anode rods to protect the tank from corrosion - A huge benefit with Regina's hard water.
With Saskatchewan's fluctuating temperatures insulation is key in keeping your home comfortable year-round.
In 3140 Trombley Street, we've added additional attic insulation, additional insulation in the frost walls and to the exterior walls.
As you can see in the diagram we've added 1 1/2" rigid foam insulation to the exterior of the home along with the garage wall. We've also added Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam Insulation Boards under the basement slab.
Spray foam is a popular building material but is still fairly costly. However, long-term the original investment is paid off through utility savings. To this home, we've added insulation to the underside of the bonus room over the garage as well as in the rim joists as noted in the diagram. It is also our standard to include it around all attic penetrations.
Along with insulation, it is important to have your home be airtight for ultimate energy efficiency. It is our standard practice to have all of our homes tested with a blower door test to determine the Air changes per hour and the leakage area. This home came in at .83 air changes per hour.
So how does this benefit the homeowner?
Likely that is a lot of technical building terms for the average reader. If you've made it this far congrats! Our future homeowner is going to experience a more comfortable living environment with consistent air temperatures and humidity levels throughout their home. They will be spending 40% less on their power and utility bills saving allowing them to spend more money on what they want! Lastly, if the homeowner here has an insured mortgage through CMHC they are eligible for 25% of the insurance fees back!
Interested in taking a look at this home for yourself? Talk to one of our area managers!