Londoners tour energy efficient homes during the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes London Home Tour
Monday, October 16th 2006 3:34:24pm
(London, ON, October 14, 2006) Today, hundreds of Londoners toured the city’s newest energy efficient homes during the London Home Tour (sponsored by Owens Corning), which will continue on Saturday, October 21st. The four home builders participating in the tour, Palumbo Homes, Rawlings Homes, Reid’s Heritage Homes, and Z Group, are showing how their energy efficient homes can save money and help the environment.
Lois Langdon of the London Home Builder’s Association, who helped coordinate the tour, says that, “Home builders in London are responding quickly to concerns about volatile energy prices and climate change by offering energy efficient homes.”
All of the 7 homes on the tour, located across London, are ENERGY STAR qualified, translating into 30 to 40 percent more energy efficiency than homes built to the minimum Ontario Building Code and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3 tonnes a year for each house.
“Builders are choosing to participate in the ENERGY STAR for New Homes program because the ENERGY STAR label guarantees that home buyers will receive real energy efficiency,” explains Corey McBurney, Managing Director of EnerQuality Corporation, the organization which oversees the ENERGY STAR for New Homes program in Ontario. “Each ENERGY STAR qualified home is performance tested by a third-party Certified Energy Evaluator to verify that the house meets stringent energy saving technical specifications.”
Typical energy saving measures in an ENERGY STAR qualified home include higher levels of insulation in basements, walls and attics, ENERGY STAR qualified windows and doors, tighter building envelopes, programmable thermostats, sealed ducts, ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, and high-efficiency heating, hot water and air conditioning systems.
“Home energy efficiency is not a trend,” says McBurney. “It’s an advancement in construction practices that benefit home owners.”
For more information, contact:
Brent Kulba, ECO, 416-972-7401
Lois Langdon, LHBA, (519) 686-0343 x223, firstname.lastname@example.org
ENERGY STAR® for New Homes is a label given to homes that meet balanced, whole-house, energy-efficiency standards, guaranteeing their owners significant energy savings. New homes that receive the ENERGY STAR label are 30-40 percent more energy efficient than those built to the minimum Ontario building code standards. The ENERGY STAR mark is a registered trademark of the United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada.
London Home Tour next Saturday, October 21st
Development - One Hunt Club Lane
1630 Shore Road, Unit #3
Oxford Street West at Commissioners Road off of Kains Road
1pm to 4:30pm
One Hunt Club Lane is a 45 detached vacant land condominium development located at 1630 Shore Road. One Hunt Club Lane is London’s first ENERGY STAR Community and Palumbo Homes is one of the few companies in London that is registered and licensed to build Energy Star Homes. This community boasts of stone and post front elevations and has a golf amenity area which includes two putting greens and a chipping area along with a gazebo and lighted walkways.
Development - Neighbourhoods of Sunningdale
1860 Charington Place
Sunningdale Road east of Richmond Street
2pm to 4pm
Visit Rawlings Homes’ R-2000 home showcasing the highest Technical Standards in the world for new housing that ensures homes are more comfortable and energy efficient with better indoor air quality and quality of construction.
REID’S HERITAGE HOMES
Development - Copperfield
2841 Bateman Trail
Bateman Trail - off White Oak Rd. north of Bradley
Saturday 1p.m.- 5p.m.
This ENERGY STAR qualified home is located in Reid’s Heritage Homes’ newest London community, Copperfield. The 2213 sq. ft. 2-storey home is equipped with many energy efficient features for those homebuyers wanting the great cost savings and home comfort associated with the ENERGY STAR label.
Development - Oakridge Crossing
775 Oakcrossing Rd
Oxford & Wonderland
This 2166 sq. ft. ENERGY STAR® certified home is located the very popular Oakridge Crossing Community and is equipped with Reid’s Heritage Homes’ “Ultimate Envirowise™ Package” The features included in this home provide the ultimate in energy cost savings, home comfort, and greenhouse gas reductions.
Development - Wickerson Heights
1700 Ironwood Road
1706 Ironwood Road
Off of Wickerson Rd. south of Byron Baseline Rd.
1pm to 5pm
This single family home community features 2 great Energy Star model homes, the Spartan and the Crispin Loft. Here’s just a few of the features that qualify these homes as ENERGY STAR: R12 full height basement insulation, R50 attic insulation, Low E Argon windows, HRV ventilation and an electronic thermostat.
Development - Copperfield
Off of White Oak Rd. between Southdale and Bradley
2834 Bateman Trail
1pm to 5pm
This newest single family home community features 1 new Energy Star model home, the Riverdale. Here’s just a few of the features that qualify this homes as Energy Star:
R12 full height basement insulation, R50 attic insulation, Low E Argon windows, HRV ventilation and an electronic thermostat.