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Net Zero homes ready to go mainstream

October 5, 2015

Move over dishwashers, central vac and basement bathrooms, there’s a new concept in home “rough-ins” launching in Ontario.

By the end of 2016, all new single-family developments brought to market by Reid’s Heritage Homes should be “net zero” ready, says director of innovation Jennifer Weatherston.

“We’ve got net zero figured out,” said Weatherston, noting the goal is to give home buyers the option to upgrade to an energy-saving package.

“We tried to keep it as simple as possible so it could be repeated,” she said.

One of five builders involved in a national demonstration project aimed at making net-zero energy homes — homes that produce as much energy as they use on an annual basis — fully accessible and affordable to all Canadians, Reid’s Heritage Homes recently launched its first handful of net-zero homes in Westminster Woods in Guelph.

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