Provident Development has been selected as one of five Canadian builders chosen to be part of the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII), and has agreed to plan and build a minimum of five net-zero energy (NZE) homes by 2016.
Over $4 million in funding and in-kind contributions from the federal initiative and the building industry will allow for the construction of at least 25 net-zero energy homes in four provinces: Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. ecoEII will be providing $1.96 million in funding for professional services required for the planning, design and construction of the houses. The remaining funds will come from Owens Corning Canada, builders and the building industry in the form of in-kind contributions to fund the construction of the homes.
Building homes with a focus on energy efficiency is not new to Provident Development. Beginning in 2009, Provident has worked on building homes to the specifications of the federal EnerGuide Program. Since 2010, Provident Development has been the recipient of the Annual Peak award (from the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association) for building the most EnerGuide homes in the province. Participation in the net-zero energy housing initiative is a natural extension of this work.
“We are excited about participating in this new initiative and furthering our efforts in acceptable consumer design and the use of cost-effective products and procedures,” says John Greenough, president, Provident Development. “We believe this is the future of the energy efficient housing industry and look forward to providing input to create net-zero housing that will be suitable for production building. This project will hopefully make it possible for more families to share in the benefits of net-zero energy homes.”