Energy & Household Trends, Passive House Trends

Ontario’s climate change plan: how can you protect the investment in your home?

Ontario passive house construction by EkoBuiltAlthough the details are not yet clear, we are hearing increasingly about how plans to address climate change in Ontario may result in unwelcome increases in both hydro and natural gas.

An article published by the CBC explores the possibility of natural gas being phased out in the near future and rising costs associated with heating and cooling our homes.

There is no better time to address your home’s investment value.

If you’re on the cusp of a big renovation or looking to build a new home, now is the time to learn more about the PassiveHouse model and how you can live comfortably and affordably, free from dependence on fossil fuels. EkoBuilt’s smart passive home building plans and materials kits can get you there even more quickly.

Give us a call to find out more!

Resources

CBC article: Ontario climate change plan could spike hydro, natural gas rates

EkoBuilt: Find out why we’re building a Passive House in Ottawa

Passive House Trends

Ontario Save-On-Energy with PassiveHouse!

saveONenergy Efficiency Management

NOTE: The following information is largely unknown among Ontario residents. This program has only been in place since 2014 and offers amazing incentives for High Performance New Construction.

Ontario Save-On-Energy Program

Home Energy Efficiency Tips Tool

Incentives are provided for a new building or major renovation projects that implement energy efficient equipment resulting in less energy usage when compared to a project that only meets standard building requirements.

There are three application tracks you can choose from:

Prescriptive – simple, predefined measures with per-unit incentives
Engineered – requires more technical information to estimate savings and incentives
Custom – for more complex and innovative measures not covered in other tracks

We have learned that PassiveHouse is considered a unique & innovative building model because of its extreme low-energy demand.

Presently the largest incentive in place for energy efficient building is a $1000 incentive for constructing an ‘Energy Star’ or equivalent home. With the PassiveHouse standard we expect our model home to achieve a minimum $5000-$6000 savings, an appropriate incentive for a true low-energy building.