4 Reasons Why Building a Net-Zero Home is Beneficial for Both You and the Planet

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4 Reasons Why Building a Net-Zero Home is Beneficial for Both You and the Planet

Building an eco-friendly home has never been more attainable than it is now. With a booming renewable energy sector and revolutionary technology, your goals to become “greener” are more within reach than you think. Don’t let the initial start-up cost for making “the switch” intimidate your goals, there are a plethora of affordable and realistic solutions available to suit your needs now or in the future.

 

Although the practice of building an eco friendly, passive or net zero home has been around for 3 decades -it has only recently been in the forefront of conversations around property development. As technology in the renewable energy sector continues to evolve, so do the options for home builders, making it more attainable than ever to build your eco-friendly home. There is a broad spectrum of sustainable construction materials and methods that can take you anywhere from renewable energy to power and heat your home, to complete off grid living. The long-term benefits of choosing this type of construction for your home build are substantial for both your wallet and the planet.

 

Net-Zero Homes are Cost Effective

 

Because your home is using the free and natural resources available to us all, the sun becomes your source of energy rather than a utility bill. In the case of a passive home, traditional heating systems are not required at all -due to the highly engineered insulation and building envelope that is designed for these homes to keep you warm even in the coldest of climates.

Passive Homes Produce Less Construction Waste

 

An eco-friendly construction site will produce approximately 90% less waste than a traditional one. Not only that, but you can rest assured knowing that the materials used are more sustainable, non-toxic and more natural than traditional building supplies. Everything from the building materials to it's interior design elements have been carefully curated to ensure it is environmentally friendly.

Net-Zero Homes Have a Reduced Carbon Footprint

 

Since your new passively planned and built home will be designed with energy performance at the forefront, every square foot matters. From where the sun rises and sets to the layout of each room, there is a purpose for all of it. Your home will be planned and executed with the highest efficiencies therefore reducing dead space that is needlessly heated, or even worse yet, areas of the home that lose heat due to drafts, leaks and other oversights.

Passive Homes Retain a High Property Value

 

As the conversation around climate change and renewable energy continues, eco-friendly homes are only becoming more sought after. Having one of these thoughtfully designed homes can be sold at a premium, not only due to the financial/environmental rewards, but also due to the lack of these homes on the market. Getting ahead of the regulatory curve with a home builder who knows how to deliver a beautiful, and environmentally friendly home, will be sure to retain it's value for years to come.

 

Building an Eco Friendly Home in Calgary with FLR Developments

 

Building a passive home comes with a host of benefits for both you, the environment, the community you live in and the world at large; Making the decision to build this way will pay dividends to the planet and future generations of our population. It’s time to re-think the way we plan and build our homes, and what better way than to choose an eco-friendly solution.

FLR Developments is leading the way with cutting edge construction techniques and materials to bring your environmentally friendly custom home vision to life. If you are looking to build a passive home in Calgary, or surrounding area, they can deliver your efficiently designed and delivered dream home on time and on budget. Book a consultation today by filling out the website form below, or by calling 403-980-2205.

There are many systems in your home that could be adjusted or retrofitted to accommodate your goals to becoming more eco-friendly. Some of these include

  • Using rain barrels to harvest rainwater
  • Installing solar panels on your roof to power all, or parts, of your home
  • Solar or thermal hot water heating systems
  • Installing low-flush toilets

A passive home focuses on the building envelope and ensuring it is airtight and heavily insulated to withstand even the coldest climates. The objective is to maintain a consistent temperature while hardly using any other heating system. A net-zero home still requires energy to run a heating system. This is usually attained via solar power.

Sustainable construction has come a long way over the last several decades and a lot of the preconceived notions around eco-friendly homes being very costly are no longer true. With more suppliers and manufacturers emphasizing on environmentally friendly products, the market has become more competitive with many solutions to suit any budget.

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We are proud to serve Western Canada. Want to know how we can get your building project completed on time and on a budget? Contact us at  (403) 980-2205  or fill in our online form.

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