Most are aware that 2030 is the target for Net Zero building codes in Ontario and other jurisdictions. What does that mean?Read More
Paul Kealey featured speaker at Ottawa Home & Remodelling Show
Catch EkoBuilt’s Founder and President, Paul Kealey at the Ottawa Home & Remodelling Show this week! (Friday is a big day at the show, with HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler following Paul!)Read More
The Madawaska: Net Zero Family Home
One of our larger house plans, The Madawaska, is a great family home. This one is Net Zero and yours could be too.Read More
Ottawa coach homes as income properties
We recently completed a build of two coach homes in the long established Glebe neighbourhood just south of Ottawa’s downtown core. We have a video walkthrough to share!Read More
Calling All Citizens! Calling All Citizens!
If you’re not already in a community you will WANT to consider this and if you are in a suburban community you will REALLY WANT to consider this. If you are not in a community at all, you will APPRECIATE this…
As humans, we are naturally social creatures hard wired to engage with people in one form or another. With modern technology, this engagement is increasingly less than in the past. But we stand to gain so much when we come together.
Our vision of an EkoCommunity is a vibrant community that has the flexibility build in for as much, or as little, privacy as its members want, and where there is shared satisfaction in living in a supremely comfortable and healthy home.
There is an amazing side benefit to living in a shared community: it’s actually a much more economical way to live! With rising land costs, our cost-of-living (or the cost of our dreams of living on more land) has shot through the roof! With a shared community property, these costs are brought back down to ‘normal’. The cost of a commonly shared building is usually included.
Communities of the 21st-century should be communities that share a piece of land and are either net zero or self sustainable:
Net zero – a home that produces the same amount of energy as it uses (usually with solar panels);
Self sustainable – off grid with community owned energy production systems that are, of course, sources of renewable energy.
Living in a shared community, free of energy dependence (off-the-grid) and affordably, is surely a great way to go forward. The best part is, most cities and townships accept these types of communities with open arms, as long as the property is zoned residential, of course!
What is your vision of a designed community?
It does take a particular group of people to come together and decide on a property and a general style of home/buildings, but when people agree, great things happen!
We’re here to help if you can see the way to finding you group and making it happen. Add your name to our EkoCommunities list, and we can help connect you with like minded folks! We’ve also got the home technology and plans to help you see your vision through.
EkoModel PassiveHouse to be built near Ottawa
We are please to announce our EkoModel PassiveHouse project is about to begin construction this fall on a rural property just outside the city of Ottawa on a property in McNab / Braeside Township.
The goal of our PassiveHouse & project will be to showcase the simplicity & affordability of building a truly Sustainable, low-energy home. We believe building a leading-edge high-performance home using the latest energy efficient technologies should be a simple and cost-effective process. After all, you can’t do anything sustainable unless it’s affordable!
The best sustainable homes are ones that are both good for the environment & good for people. Good for the environment with low-impact design, superior energy efficiency, and including materials with renewable / recycled content. Good for people with low-operating cost, best indoor air quality, and draft free construction detail for greater comfort.
Here is a peak of ‘The Trillium’ EkoModel: