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Discover all the advantages of a Savings by Design home.

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.

 

Photo of a father and his young daughter in their back yard on a bright warm day. He is holding her hands and is swinging her around playfully.

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). Camera

    Pond with a house in the background behind trees Parking lot with several parked cars Picture of a street with residential houses on either side Picture of a garden with a pebbled border, a tree and several wooden posts
  • Rainwater harvesting barrels – which help to conserve water from local water sources such as lakes, and collects water for watering your lawn or garden

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  • Artificial floating islands – which help to reduce pollutants in surface water and provide a biodiversity habitat5

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  • Smart community planning and urban design – such as parks and pathways – for increased walkability, biking and public transit accessibility.

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1 http://www.esnewhomes.ca/index.cfm?id=7395
2 Remrate software calculations as per Ontario Building Code SB12 Reference Home Annually.
3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioswale
4 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permeable_paving
5 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floating_island#Artificial_islands