BARRY GUNN, GUELPH LIFE.
Reid’s Heritage Homes is building affordable homes in Guelph that produce as much energy as they consume.
With its modern take on traditional craftsman-style architecture, it looks like a typical house in south-end Guelph’s Westminster Woods subdivision. However, step inside and you’ll soon learn that this three-bedroom back split is anything but typical. In fact, it may represent the future of homebuilding.
Beneath the façade of brick, stucco and vinyl siding is a net-zero energy home; featuring some of the latest innovations in building technology, the house is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year. Unveiled in September, it is the first of five net-zero energy homes being built in Guelph by Reid’s Heritage Homes as part of a national demonstration project intended to prove that affordable net-zero energy homes can be built on a community-level scale.
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