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Ottawa developers built ‘net zero’ homes as province eyes 2030 deadline

June 20, 2016

Ontario’s environment minister is dreaming of a day when all new homes generate as much energy as they use, but the people who build such homes say meeting his target date of 2030 won’t be easy.

Glen Murray announced the goal for “net zero carbon” homes in the new provincial climate change strategy in early June. He’s promising changes to the building code to come into effect by 2030 at the latest, as well as consultations on how best to achieve the targets.

In Ottawa, Minto Communities has already begun building some net zero homes, including a finished detached home in the company’s Arcadia community in Kanata and four townhomes nearing completion.

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