Move into a more sustainable community.
Besides helping you save on energy costs, a Savings By Design home is much better for the environment. Did you know that your home can actually be a greater source of pollution than your car? In fact, 17% of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada are generated from the energy consumed in the home.1 An SBD home that is built 25% better than code is responsible for 15% less greenhouse gases than a house built to the minimum code requirements.2 Now, imagine a whole community built with this in mind.
Owning an SBD built home literally makes you a part of the solution.
The environmental benefit of an SBD home goes beyond your front door. Your new SBD home will be part of a carefully designed sustainable community. During the Integrated Design Process, your builder works with government municipalities and conservation authorities to design and build a development that will help to reduce pollution, conserve water and encourage healthier living overall, which is called Low Impact Development (LID).
Some examples of LID are:
- Solutions to help reduce stormwater runoff, giving it another place to go besides the sewer system and preventing flooding. Some examples are: storm management ponds, bioswales (which also remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water3) and permeable paving (which also manages the pollutants in the water4).
- Rainwater harvesting barrels – which help to conserve water from local water sources such as lakes, and collects water for watering your lawn or garden
- Artificial floating islands – which help to reduce pollutants in surface water and provide a biodiversity habitat5
- Smart community planning and urban design – such as parks and pathways – for increased walkability, biking and public transit accessibility.
2 Remrate software calculations as per Ontario Building Code SB12 Reference Home Annually.