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Continually improving the way homes are built

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Continually improving the way homes are built

Continually improving the way homes are built

House with clipboard with check marks in front

Continually improving the way homes are built

Licensed ENERGY STAR® for New Homes builders work hand-in-hand with energy advisors. As part of the home evaluation process, builders learn from advisors what they’re doing right, ways they can improve and how to address challenges they encounter in building better homes.


Homebuyers expect energy efficiency

The 2018 Canadian Homebuyer Preference Study looks into the priorities of new homebuyers. The findings of the study helps homebuilders ensure that they’re incorporating the features that customers are looking for.

Energy efficiency has been consistently ranked among homebuyers’ top 10 “must haves”—both individual efficiency features and overall effectiveness. Buyers who choose ENERGY STAR certified homes see their investment pay back.

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Earning recognition for quality homes

Hilden Homes
Belleville, Ontario


Hilden Homes had always built high performing homes, but when they looked into building ENERGY STAR homes, they realized the transition to earning the label would be easier than they’d anticipated.

Small measures made a big difference

To achieve become ENERGY STAR certified homes. Hilden needed to make a couple of essential changes to their approach to building their homes:

  • Following the ENERGY STAR certification process, including registering the home before construction
  • Increasing their standard level of insulation in attics by R10
  • Adjusting their process, fine-tuning their air-barrier details.

Making every Hilden Home better

Hilden Homes has taken the techniques developed in improving their building envelope for ENERGY STAR homes, and now applies those same techniques as a building practice across all of their new construction.

Best of all, Hilden Homes completed a costing analysis and discovered the construction costs are comparable to their standard high performance home when building to the ENERGY STAR version 17 BOP.

“A builder can build a better house without costing them extra money, it's all about process and paying attention to the details. It's not about spending extra thousand dollars a house when you don't have to.”

- Tara Donaldson, Designer/Drafter Hilden Homes

  • Earning recognition
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    Earning recognition for quality homes

    Hilden Homes
    Belleville, Ontario


    Hilden Homes had always build high-performing homes above OBC. When they looked into building ENERGY STAR homes, they realized the transition to earning the label would be easier than they’d anticipated.

    Small measures made a big difference

    To achieve become ENERGY STAR certified homes. Hilden needed to make a couple of essential changes to their approach to building their homes:

    • Following the ENERGY STAR certification process, including registering the home before construction
    • Increasing their standard level of insulation in attics by R10
    • Adjusting their process, fine-tuning their air-barrier details.

    Making every Hilden Home better

    Hilden Homes has taken the techniques developed in improving their building envelope for ENERGY STAR homes, and now applies those same techniques as a building practice across all of their new construction.

    Best of all, Hilden Homes completed a costing analysis and discovered that there was no incremental cost to build to the ENERGY STAR version 17 BOP than OBC 2017.

    “A builder can build a better house without costing them extra money, it's all about process and paying attention to the details. It's not about spending extra thousand dollars a house when you don't have to.”

    - Tara Donaldson, Designer/Drafter Hilden Homes

  • Proving comfort
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    A more comfortable, healthier home

    Doug Tarry Homes
    St. Thomas, Ontario


    Home owners are expecting every space within their home to have the same level of comfort and air quality, right down to the basement.

    Educating customers

    To demonstrate the premium quality of their homes, Doug Tarry Homes educates customers on key differentiators, including third-party testing and verification. They explain that code-built homes are only visually inspected by the local building inspector. Doug Tarry Homes have an Energy Consultant conduct a blower door test on every single home to ensure it exceeds the energy performance and air tightness requirements of an ENERGY STAR certified home.

    Changes under the slab

    Doug Tarry homes include two features under the basement floor. Sub-slab insulation keeps the floor significantly warmer and more comfortable. A soil gas barrier and soil gas collector loop is also installed, preventing soil gases, especially Radon, from entering the home. These features provide a healthier, safer and more durable basement space.

    “By including these features, we are able to provide a healthier, safer and more durable basement space that will give you comfort and enjoyment for years to come.”

    - Doug Tarry Homes

  • Building a tradition
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    Building a tradition of energy efficiency

    BK Cornerstone
    Tecumseh, Ontario


    BK Cornerstone asked a question: “How can we build a home that can change people’s lives?” More than a decade ago, they looked into building ENERGY STAR homes. Now all of their homes are about 20 per cent more energy efficient than the current OBC—if not even more efficient.

    Constructed with a "Whole Home" approach

    Every BK Cornerstone home is built with an intricate network of high performance materials, expert installation and high efficiency units working hard from the ground up:

    • High level of insulation in the walls, floors and into the attic.
    • Sealing of all holes and cracks around studs, pipes and wires.
    • Energy-efficient doors and windows that have protective coatings, improved frames and protection from ultraviolet rays.

    Better sealing means improved HVAC

    The improved level of sealing in ENERGY STAR homes means the higher efficiency HVAC can be effectively right-sized and work to peak performance for improved comfort and indoor air quality.

    ENERGY STAR certified homes have become a defining element of how BK Cornerstone markets their homes, appealing to homebuyers whether they’re looking for energy efficiency or ongoing savings.

    "We want to make homes environmentally friendly. We wanted to make them more energy efficient. All our homes now are all ENERGY STAR."

    - Ben Klundert, president of BK Cornerstone


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