About Net Zero
What this means is that the house produces as much energy as it consumes, which makes it up to 80% more efficient than a standard new build. Net Zero houses are built to exacting standards and no detail is overlooked to ensure that all elements of the home are working together to provide quantifiable results for the homeowners.
Outstanding value – with very low or no energy bills year-round, protection from future increases in energy prices, and high-performance durability from windows to insulation and roof.
Healthier living – with better indoor air quality that reduces allergens, superior heating, cooling and ventilation for ideal temperatures throughout the year, and a tightly built well-insulated envelope that greatly diminishes unwanted outside noises like traffic
Peace of mind – with environmental benefits including a smaller carbon footprint, protecting against climate change and harnessing the free the energy from the natural environment rather than relying on the consumption of natural resources.
Net Zero Incentives
Energy saving homes are the way of the future and today’s home buyer in concerned about protecting the environment while reducing or eliminating monthly energy bills and the traditional reliance on utilities.
With Net Zero set to be the legislated standard for new builds in the province of BC over the next decade, there are incentives in the province for green energy builds. Take a look at the information available on the Government of Canada website.
You should also check for potential funding/rebate programs with your local municipality.
The first Net Zero Home
in North Vancouver Island
J. Zsiros Contracting was hired to build a Net Zero home in the Comox Valley, which was the first of its kind in North Vancouver Island. This project demonstrated that a Net Zero energy efficient, stylish home could be designed and constructed on a limited budget, while virtually eliminating energy bills from day one.
We worked closely with the homeowners to meet their specifications and budget, and we’re incredibly proud of the final results. The energy-saving features of this house include:
- solar power
- rain barrels for reduced water consumption
- an energy efficient heat pump, hot water tank, and furnace
- Energy Star rated appliances
- triple glazed windows
- higher insulation in the ceilings, walls and exterior
Black and White Luxury
This Net Zero project pleasantly contrasts with the green surroundings while the Black and White exterior combined with subtle timber frame accents and details create a timeless appearance.
The Ground location of solar panels maintains a clean roofline while also making maintenance easier. Custom concrete/ shiplap walls in the ensuite, living, and dining rooms give a modern look and the Interior timber frame and front door seamlessly harmonize with exterior wood details.
In the kitchen, the sliding pantry entry door allows easy access to pantry work stations. All three bedrooms in this home (equipped with en suites) are positioned at opposite ends of the house, providing added privacy in an open concept environment.
The Laundry room is located beside the master bedroom for ease of accessibility, while the mechanical room is located in the 6’ crawlspace freeing room in the main living area. Rain barrels have been installed to reduce water use, and the installed heat pump, heat pump dryer, and hot water tank further reduce owner costs.