The Beauty of Energy Efficiency: Net Zero Homes in Canada

Net Zero Homes put on their best show yet in this year’s CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence. From rustic to modern, budget-friendly to luxury, new builds to renovations, qualified Net Zero builders and renovators across Canada showed that Net Zero Homes are pushing the envelope in energy efficient design, construction, and renovation.

To have their projects recognized in the Net Zero Home Award category, builders/renovators must submit Net Zero or Net Zero Ready Homes that are qualified under the CHBA Net Zero Home Labelling Program. The program provides consumers and the industry with a clearly defined and rigorous two-tiered technical requirement that recognizes Net Zero and Net Zero Ready Homes, and identifies the builders and renovators who provide them. The label requirement for the Net Zero Home Award category ensures that all homes entered into the category have met the technical and energy efficiency requirements, which ensures that all entrants have a level playing field and judges can focus on the design.

2021 Net Zero Home Awards Finalists

This year’s Net Zero Home Award finalists showcased a range of styles and floorplans, quashing the antiquated myth that Net Zero Homes are synonymous with boring, boxy design. In no particular order, the five finalists are:

RND Construction Exterior of Net Zero Home RND Construction dining space of their Net Zero Home

RND Construction Ltd., Ottawa, ON: “Spruce Grove,” 2021 Finalist – with Christopher Simmonds Architect

Exterior of Net Zero Home by Hasler Homes Ltd. Interior of Net Zero Home by Hasler Homes

Hasler Homes Ltd., North Vancouver, BC: “Linda Vista,” 2021 Finalist

Net Zero Home exterior by Morley Mountain Homes Kitchen of Net Zero Home by Morley Mountain Homes

Morley Mountain Homes Inc., Nelson, BC: “The SANZ Project,” 2021 Finalist

Exterior of Net Zero Home by North Ridge Development Corporation Kitchen in Net Zero Home by North Ridge Development Corporation

North Ridge Development Corporation, Saskatoon, SK: “Net Zero Home in Martensville,” 2021 Finalist – with Sun Ridge Residential Inc.

Exterior of Net Zero Home by Claxton + Marsh: Formerly Timberworx Living space in Net Zero Home by Claxton + Marsh: formerly Timberworx

Claxton + Marsh (formerly Timberworx Custom Homes), Guelph, ON: “Under a Parisian Sky,” 2021 Finalist

A gorgeous display of diverse style and innovative construction shows that Net Zero builders/renovators in Canada are taking energy efficient home design to new heights. If you’re considering a Net Zero Home, there are many affordable or luxury options out there to choose from. Learn more about the benefits of Net Zero Homes or find a Qualified Net Zero Builder in your area at netzerohome.com.

The 2021 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence showcases the latest and greatest in new homes, renovations, community development, and residential marketing. This year, CHBA added 13 new categories to the competition, which garnered over 730 submissions from CHBA members across Canada – the most engagement the awards have seen to date. Winners of the 2021 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence will be announced during CHBA’s Home Building Week in Canada at the virtual awards gala on May 7, 2021. Learn more at chba.ca/housingawards.

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