New Green Home will be carefully monitored

REM – Real Estate Magazine
24 May, 2011 8:37 AM
by Jim Adair

New Green Home will be carefully monitored

Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow cuts the ribbon to officially open Heathwood Homes’ Green Home in Richmond Hill, Ont. (Photo: Paul Casselman)

Heathwood Homes recently unveiled what it calls the first “green home” in Canada to be evaluated for the effectiveness of its energy and water conservation features and an array of the latest environmentally friendly building systems and materials.

A graduate student-led team from Ryerson University’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering through its Centre for Sustainable Energy will monitor, measure and report on the use of electricity, natural gas and cold and hot water in the demonstration home for the next year, and for at least a second year, once the home is sold and occupied.

The 4,429 square-foot, four-bedroom house is in The Reserve, a luxury development featuring two cul-de-sacs of 50-foot lots adjacent to a forest preserve in Richmond Hill, Ont.

For comparison purposes, an identical home, built to the Energy Star Quality Standard in Heathwood’s nearby Forestbrook community, will be monitored during the same time period to provide further cost benefit analysis. The data collected will quantify the green home’s reduced carbon footprint and educate builders and consumers on the true monetary and energy savings in the home, says a Heathwood Homes news release.

Key highlights of the Green Home are:

* a grey water system, which reuses cleansed bath and shower water for flushing toilets and saves approximately one-third of total water usage;

* roof-mounted glycol solar panels that use energy from the sun to help warm the home’s tankless hot water system, which heats only the water being used at any given time, saving up to 40 per cent over tank-style heaters;

* roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity that is put back into the grid to lessen the overall demand for fossil-based power generation.

The home also has several other environmental features and systems. Individual and group tours of Heathwood’s Green Home can be made by appointment. For information: www.heathwoodhomes.com

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