EkoBuilt News & Happenings, Passive House resources

Passive House pricing at your fingertips

We field requests constantly from people interested in building a passive house, including using one of our 13 energy efficient house plans. We’ve been working towards having cost analysis documents for complete house builds for all 13 of our plans, and now they are ready!

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Toronto Green Living Show 2018
EkoBuilt News & Happenings

Win tickets to Toronto’s Green Living Show this weekend

We have 10 free tickets to this weekend’s Toronto Green Living Show 2018 (April 6 – 8th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre). To enter, just answer this question using the survey form in this blog post. We’ll award the tickets by the end of business today!

Note: the contest prize has no cash value or equivalent replacement.

Win a Cartier Table-top Fire Feature

Cartier table top fire featureWe’ve also got 2 Cartier tabletop fire features from ethanol fireplace maker Eco-Feu of Montreal to give away!

At the  Toronto Green Living Show 2018 (6-8 April) and The Healthy Brain and Body Show in Ottawa (21-22 April) we will raffle the units — anyone who joins our mailing list at these shows will automatically be entered into the draws.

Get the full details here!

Questions?

If you have any direct questions, just email Dagne Forrest at marketing@ekobuilt.com.

Ticket giveaway for the Ottawa Home & Garden Show
EkoBuilt News & Happenings

Our Winners: Tickets to Ottawa Home & Garden Show 2018

Congratulations to the winners, listed below, of free tickets to the Ottawa Home & Garden Show 2018, which will run from March 22-25 at the EY Centre.

Our winners:

  • Sara Horton
  • Jerry Beattie
  • Mary Connelly
  • James Lefebvre
  • Paul Smith
  • Jennifer Moore
  • Benoit Delorme

Thanks to everyone for reading and filling in the survey!

If you still need to buy tickets to the show, remember the special offer we posted earlier this month: Get $4 OFF tickets to the Ottawa Home & Garden Show

Ticket giveaway for the Ottawa Home & Garden Show
EkoBuilt News & Happenings

Win tickets to Ottawa Home & Garden Show 2018

We have 20 free tickets to the Ottawa Home & Garden Show 2018, which will run from March 22-25 at the EY Centre. To enter, just answer this question using the survey form in this blog post:

Thanks to everyone for reading and filling in the survey. We’ll draw the winners late on Wednesday, March 21st. Good luck!

Note: the contest prize has no cash value or equivalent replacement.

 

Ottawa coch house costs
Coach / Tiny Homes, Energy Efficiency, Home Building trends

What it costs to build a coach house

Please note: as of March 2019 base pricing for coach house plans and basic shell installation have increased. The cost scenarios here will be affected in terms of total pricing as a result.

We have been receiving a tremendous amount of interest in our Coach House offering for the 2018 build season. We thought it would be appropriate to talk about future possibilities for everyone we haven’t heard from yet.

The new coach house regulations in Ottawa create a great opportunity for additional income in the form of a rental property and potentially even more income from an Airbnb format. It can also make for an economical in-law suite or starter home for a son or daughter.

Unlike most builders out in the marketplace, EkoBuilt is focused on building a style of home that is future-proof, something that will actually appreciate over time. Most builders design to today’s building code, and the real problem with this approach is that codes are starting to change dramatically.

This means that a home built to code standard today will be sub-standard come the next code change just four years from now.

Current building code is solid from a safety perspective, but the energy efficiency of most homes built to this code has not kept pace with drastically rising utility costs.

It doesn’t cost much extra to build ahead of code, so why not build to the future code standard? This is our approach and it just makes sense for anything truly designed to be a 21st century home.

To help in showing how possible it is to build to future code, we have prepared a cost analysis documentation for a couple of our designs.

Cost Analysis: Tiny Canuck

Tiny Canuck coach house plan

Tiny Canuck 499 sq.ft.

Size:  1 bedroom, 499 sq.ft.

Finished for $132,375:

  • that’s a $694 mortgage payment
  • rental $1250+ (including utilities), that’s a 56% ROI, beats the stock market.

Download the Tiny Canuck cost analysis


Cost Analysis: Nepean Point

Nepean Point tiny house plan

Nepean Point 720 sq.ft.

Size: 2 bedroom, 720. sq.ft.

Finished for $175,802:

  • that’s a $922 mortgage payment
  • rental $1750+ (including utilities), that’s a 53% ROI

Download the Nepean Point cost analysis

Including utilities would make these units really attractive to anyone in the market. Since the homes are ‘future proof’, they can be heated and cooled inexpensively with electricity (no gas/propane) which will be the fuel of the future.

Alternatively, if a coach house is built to current code standards, your mortgage rates may be slightly less (5%) but with substantially higher utilities, overall cost of living would be more expensive.

Coach House Plans: CodePlus & Passive House

Make sure you visit our Coach House Plans page and review the kit pricing for our coach house plans based on CodePlus and on the Passive House standard. Questions? We’d be happy to answer them!

Please get in touch with us to explore Coach House opportunities for your property!

Energy efficient home under construction near Kazabazua
EkoBuilt News & Happenings, House Design

New house build in Kazabazua

A modified version of EkoBuilt’s Primrose house plan is currently being built on Danford Lake near Kazabazua, about an hour north of Ottawa. This is a great illustration of the process that we find works the best with the great majority of homeowners: take on one of our 13 house plans and then modify or customize to best suit your needs.

This homeowner is working with us for the design and construction process, and will implement finishes themselves – another great example of the myriad of ways it’s possible to realize the build and finishing of a new home.

When to Include a Basement

We often get asked the question, can we have a basement? This project is a good example of when you can.

The inclusion of a basement in house design comes down to the property and its slope. Some properties will easily support a basement, as with this project, which is situated on natural sloped ground leading down to a lake. A walkout basement was cost-effective to include in this case.

Other properties may not easily support a basement and our demonstration home is a good example of this, being on a clay-based soil with a high water table. A basement in this case would be a bad idea so we instead installed a super-insulated slab on grade foundation over top of an elevated gravel pad. Basement design should always be dictated by the ground on which the home will be constructed.

The Primrose

The Primrose bungalow, on which this home in Kazabazua is based, encompasses just under 1,600 square feet of living space, and features 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

Click to view full size images.  You can also download the Primrose plans.

Kazabazua Home’s Modified Plans

This project takes the Primrose plan as its basis, and introduces changes to best suit the lifestyle of the homeowners. The ground floor grew to 1,955 square feet and features the addition of a sunroom. The sloping ground on which the home is being built also supports the inclusion of a walkout basement, and the storage/mechanical room is situated on this lower level.

Click to view full size images.

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Child's bedroom in energy efficient home plan
Energy & Household Trends, Energy Efficiency, Home Building trends, House Design

Energy efficient home plans are essential

If you’re planning on building a new home, you’ve got a chance to get it right from day one. Low energy bills, a healthy and supremely comfortable living environment, great design – what’s not to love?

Energy efficient home plans are the key ingredient to an energy efficient home, along with energy efficient materials and building technologies, and – of course – a builder who understands how to make the most of all of these.

Energy efficient home plans from EkoBuiltWhy are they so important?

Home plans that have been developed by an experienced home builder over time will take into account myriad factors, including the best distances for work areas in a kitchen, ideal corridor and flow pathways, orientation of private spaces to public ones, relationships of the indoors to the outdoors, etc. But there is much more to a home than floorplans.

An energy efficient home plan will also take into account things like roof slope and style, overhangs, maximizing window size on south and west facing walls, etc.

Will you know an energy efficient plan when you see it?

Possibly not. Unless you know the right things to look for, you may not be able to pick out the best options. An energy efficient home builder will be able to guide you in selecting from the best plans, can work with you to further customize those base plans to best suit your needs, preferences and budget, and will know the appropriate building materials and systems required to realize the build properly. The right builder will stay abreast of the best home building technologies and approaches for reducing a home’s energy footprint.

Why EkoBuilt?

Child's bedroom in energy efficient home plan

A child’s bedroom in the EkoBuilt model home. Although curtains have been added for light control, they aren’t needed for warmth. The Munster windows are incredibly well sealed and energy efficient.

After years of building custom and energy efficient homes for customers, the EkoBuilt team has years of experience in designing and building homes, and this experience has translated into the 13 energy efficient home plans from our Passive House line, as well as 8 tiny/coach house plans for secondary dwellings/rental properties and tiny home enthusiasts.

The 13 passive house plans that we’ve developed encompass both two-storey and bungalow styles, all boast low-slope roofs with large overhangs, and each one is designed to maximize the placement and size of south and west-facing windows.

These house plans also build on years spent accumulating knowledge of the best kinds of home floorplans to cater to different lifestyles and life phases. Some of our plans will be better suited to individuals, retired couples or those without children, while others are more clearly family/multi-resident homes.

All of the plans include an optional basement with lower-level access, and all can be paired with an energy efficient garage, as required.

Homes designed to take advantage of electricity – the fuel of the future

These homes are easily and cheaply run using an air to air source heat pump which can heat a home for less than $30/month (electricity) during the coldest months of winter. Really!

And, as noted above, we’re always delighted to work with clients to customize one of our plans to best suit their design preferences, budget and needs. We can help you think through how you live and how your home’s design can best support that.

Most importantly, we can help you end up with the most delightfully comfortable and healthy home, that is also the most energy efficient one possible to build currently.

Get in touch

Tell about your dreams and plans; we’ll help you choose the best energy efficient house plan and show you how to make it your reality.

Read more about the EkoModel Home, which demonstrates all of these principles.

EkoModel News

Passive House can be simple & affordable

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The EkoBuilt Model PassiveHouse just west of Ottawa

The PassiveHouse standard is known for creating homes with an extremely small energy footprint, but did you know that it can be done simply, and even affordably?

PASSIVE HOUSE CAN BE SIMPLE – This state of the art low-energy home building style is actually based on simple technology. Smart design, abundant insulation, air-tight and vapor-tight constriction techniques, a 92% efficient air-exchange unit, a 10,000 BTU air-to-air source heat pump, and that’s pretty much it.

PASSIVE HOUSE CAN BE AFFORDABLE – A minimalist approach to design makes this possible. Minimizing exterior wall and roof area keeps material costs down. A simple roof line allows for speedy construction, saving on installation costs and keeping maintenance at a minimum.

Learn more about how building a Passive House might be simpler and more affordable than you think, right here.

See it in action at the EkoModel Passive House build just west of Ottawa. Contact us to find out more and to arrange a visit.

EkoModel News

Ottawa Passive House options expand with the EkoModel Home

Residents of the National Capital Region interested in exploring the PassiveHouse concept now have a unique opportunity to see the model first hand.

EkoBuilt launched its line of PassiveHouse plans and material kits in 2015, creating the first affordable kit for homeowners. In 2016 EkoBuilt is demonstrating the build of one of these kits in McNab-Braeside, just west of Ottawa.

Ottawa passive house designSituated on a 10-acre property with rolling hills, the EkoModel home is available for visits by appointment. We will also be blogging about the construction process and key features of this passive house build during 2016.

We’re excited to demonstrate the power of the PassiveHouse model, which requires no furnace or boiler, even in the extreme cold of an Eastern Ontario winter.

Did you know that passive houses allow for energy savings related to space heating and cooling of up to 90% when compared with typical building stock, and over 75% in comparison to average new home builds?

We hope that anyone interested in the concept will visit and feel free to ask questions. Find out more about how affordable the PassiveHouse model can be. Contact us today.