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Baywood Homes celebrates Oshawa’s newest ENERGY STAR® qualified home

Monday, August 20th 2007 8:45:54am

Media Release – Attention News/Assignment/Home Editors and Reporters


A community event showcasing Baywood’s first ENERGY STAR qualified home celebrated Baywood’s future commitment to energy efficient building practices

(Oshawa, Ontario, August 18, 2007)  Baywood Homes celebrated the latest in energy efficient housing with a community celebration in Oshawa today.  Neighbours and people from the GTA toured Baywood’s three new model homes in the Ravines of Greenhill, while enjoying great food, prizes and entertainment.  

With this unveiling, Baywood is announcing they will be offering ENERGY STAR qualification as an optional upgrade in the 2nd Phase of the Ravines of Greenhill. In Phase 3, all homes will be issued EnerGuide performance rating as a standard, with the option to upgrade to an ENERGY STAR qualified home.

ENERGY STAR qualified homes are more energy efficient than homes built to the Ontario Building Code. This is achieved through higher quality construction, low-e argon windows; more insulation; an energy-efficient furnace; a heat recovery ventilator (HRV); and a programmable thermostat, among other energy saving features.

Working together, these energy efficiency features result in significant energy savings; approximately 30% above homes built to minimum building code requirements, with annual electricity consumption dropping by approximately 1,000 kWh and greenhouse gas emissions falling by as much as 3 tonnes per year.

“This has been a really fun day, and I think a lot of people learned about the benefits of energy efficient homes. These model units prove that you don’t have to sacrifice great design in order to achieve superior energy efficiency,” said Natascha Pieper, Director of Sales and Marketing for Baywood Homes.

Today’s celebration showcased the Cathedral model home. It is a 2,873 sq.ft, 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, ENERGY STAR qualified model, built on a 45’ foot lot, and has luxurious upgrades available through the Baywood Design Studio.

All Baywood homes in the Ravines of Greenhill come with luxurious finishes including 9 foot ceilings on the main floor, coffered ceilings (as per plan) and natural oak finish pickets and railings on the main staircase.

“Baywood Homes has done an excellent job of combining high energy efficiency with quality architectural design and décor,” said Corey McBurney of EnerQuality.  “They are to be commended for their leaderships in quality and environmental responsibility.”

The sales office is located at the corner of Wilson Road and Greenhill Drive, north of Taunton Road. For more information call Noreen Milo at 1-888-298-7051 or visit www.baywoodhomes.com.

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Brent Kulba (e|c|o media relations), 416-972-7401

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 approximately 30 percent more energy-efficient than those built to the minimum Ontario building code standards. The ENERGY STAR mark, used with permission, is administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada.