Green Practices


The demonstration project will see a long list of ‘Better than Code’ green practices implemented during home construction that will strive to use energy, water and resources more efficiency, while balancing housing affordability.

Examples of green practices for demonstration include:

Reduced Water Usage and Runoff

  • Ultra low flow toilets (3.8 litres per flush or less)
  • Low flow fixtures, faucets and showerheads
  • Hot water recirculation system
  • Native planting
  • Permeable outdoor hard surfaces (i.e. walkways)

High Performance Envelope

  • Upgraded insulated basement walls (R20)
  • Verified air leakage below regulatory standards
  • Exterior air barrier for air leakage control

High Performance Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

  • High efficiency furnace (minimum 95% thermal efficiency)
  • Drain water heat recovery system
  • High efficiency air conditioning system

Energy Efficient Lighting & Appliances

  • CFL (compact fluorescent) or LED (light-emitting diode) lighting
  • ENERGY STAR® certified appliances
  • ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient certified clothes washer

Improved Indoor Air Quality

  • High efficiency Energy Recovery or Heat Recovery ventilator
  • MERV 8 or better air filtration
  • Pre-occupancy flush prior to home occupation

Efficient Materials Management

  • Advanced wall framing techniques
  • Insulation containing recycled content
  • Waste management checklist

Future Ready Design

  • Rough-ins for the installation of a greywater system
  • Rough-ins for the installation of photovoltaic solar panels



Over the course of the green demonstration project we’ll showcase many of the green practices being implemented, including technology descriptions, potential homeowner and environmental benefits, and photos. Check back with us regularly to get the latest information!

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