ROBIN WHITLOCK, INTERESTING ENGINEERING.
Reid’s Heritage Homes is a Canadian company that is helping to build zero carbon homes (officially called Net Zero Homes) in the country, along with four other housebuilders (Minto, Mattamy Homes, Provident and Construction Voyer) selected by Ministry of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). The aim is to build homes that produce as much energy as the average user consumes, largely through the incorporation of renewable energy generation technologies such as solar panels and by constructing the home in such a way that it improves the air sealing qualities of the building and increases its overall energy efficiency.
The project is part of the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) which received funding in 2011 and involves a comprehensive suite of research and development (R&D) demonstration projects. The aim of the initiative is to support energy technology innovation in order to generate cleaner energy. It is a key component of the Canadian government’s attempt to achieve real emissions reductions while maintaining the country’s economy and generating jobs.