Offering a contemporary renovation on a 4500 square foot, two-and-a-half story home in the Don Mills area. The design encorporates open spaces with plenty of light, perfect for today's family lifestyle.
This home has been evaluated as exceeding the Ontario Builder's Code 2012 by 26% under the Home Energy Rating System (HERS).
The best green features of a Barbini home will be encorporated into this complete renovation to enhance its aestehtic appeal and create a more sustainable living environment. These features include:
1. Energy Monitoring System
A state-of-the-art energy monitoring system lets owners know their daily consumption of electricity and can help them to reduce costs by up to 20% through effective energy management. Owners can also add an alarm signaling the approach of peak loads and a device that counts greenhouse gas emissions to further support their desire to reduce resource consumption.
2. Higher Efficiency Window Systems
These windows are constructed of dual layers of advance LowE squared glazing filled with Argon gas that perform 6 - 10% more than the best ENERGY STAR rated windows. This superior performance protects furnishings and art from sun damage while minimizing condensation and delivering a higher level of comfort throughout the home.
3. Programmable Thermostat
Owners can save up to 10% on annual home heating and air conditioning expenses by setting their home's temperature to match their own schedule and comfort with the benefit of an ENERGY STAR rated programmable thermostat
4. Dual Flush Toilets
The dual controls on these toilets allow owners to regulate the amount of water in each flush - more for solid waste and less for liquid. Using the dual flush system has been proven to save over 25% of water consumption.
5. Insulating from the Ground Up
Underslab insulation on the basement level improves home comfort and can reduce heating costs by up to 20%. Produced from recycled plastics and vegetable-based oils, the new underslab insulation products represent new environmental choices.
6. Garage Ceiling Insulation
Heat loss through garage ceilings make many homes less comfortable in cold weather. Spraying in polyurethane foam provides a greater volume of insulation than other methods while reaching and sealing all the nooks and crannies. Using the proper insulation saves on heating costs and while increasing overall home comfort.
7. Sealing to Prevent Energy Leakage
With more than a hundred ways for air to leak out of a home, correct application of the appropriate products at each stage of building is critical to achieving the high levels of air tightness under the ENERGY STAR program. Employing polyurethane foam, acoustical sealant and high performance adhesive tape and accurately applying them ensures minimal air leakage in this home while saving on heating and cooling expenses.
8. Recovering Energy from Drain Water
Approximately one third of home heating costs originate from heating water and 90% of that energy goes down the drain. A Drain Water Heat Recovery System (DWHR) can recover up to 80% of the lost heat from a home's warm drain water. By recycling it into usable thermal energy, a DWHR can reduce hot water heating costs by as much as 40%.
9. Recovering Energy from Air Exhaust
An Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) system recovers energy from both the heat and moisture in the used air being exhausted from a home. This system offers superior ventilation and humidity management resulting in a healthier living environment inside the home while making additional energy available for recycling.
10. Reducing Indoor Air Contaminants
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11. Heating Hot Water As Needed
Installing a Tankless Gas Water Heater (TGWH) allows owners to heat water only on demand so energy is never wasted on repeatedly heating a tank of water that may not be required. Compact and efficient, the TGWH eliminates cold showers while providing unlimited hot water for all your needs.
12. Water Conscious Landscape Design
Xeriscape design techniques focus on creating outdoor environments that don't require supplemental irrigation. By selecting plants that are ideally suited to the local climate and incorporating water retention strategies on the property, xeriscape plans save water that would normally run off or evaporate.
13. Engineered Floor Systems
The engineered flooring product in use today provides much greater strength and design flexibility while consuming far less of our valuable forests. For owners who are conscious of their environmental footprint, engineered floor choices are the ideal choice.
Products supplied in this home:
Panasonic ventilation fans - www.panasonic.ca
VanEE air exchanger and wall control - www.vanee.ca
General Aire filters - www.generalfilters.com
AIRMAX hydronic heating system - www.airmaxtechnologies.com
Honeywell humidifier and thermostat - yourhome.honeywell.com
NTI boiler - www.nythermal.com
FLOWMAX tankless water heater - www.flowmaxtechnologies.com
American Standard air conditioner - www.americanstandardair.com
Toto toilets - www.totousa.com
Inline Fiberglass windows - www.inlinefiberglass.com
Amberwood Doors - amberwooddoors.com
Ginger's bath and kitchen products - www.gingers.com
Laminam - www.laminam.it