Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Building Green Is HIP - BC's First Net Zero Home

As a BuiltGreen and LEED certified supplier, Conasys is proud to contribute to the advancement of more sustainable building practises in our industry. Home Information Packages (HIP) have been provided to over a thousand homes across the country that have achieved various levels of both certifications. The product documentation stored in the HIP allows homeowners to properly operate and maintain the home based on the manufacturer's recommendations, reducing wasted energy.

Another milestone was reached recently with the announcement that one of our longest standing clients, RDC Fine Homes based out of Whistler, BC has built British Columbia's first Net Zero home. The BuiltGreen Platinum certified home has received a lot of attention lately as it was featured in the Globe and Mail this week.

Among the "green" features are triple glazed windows, fibre-cement siding and 600 square feet of solar photovoltaic panels to convert sunlight into electricity. Due to the unique components used in the home, operation and care is slightly more complicated than a conventional one.

"The Home Information Package is especially important when you are dealing with new technology such as the photovoltaic system we used in this home," says Paul Nicholas, Operations Manager at RDC. "The online information guide keeps everything organized and it gives the homeowner piece of mind that all information is on one area, easy to find and access."

Congratulations to RDC Fine Homes for setting this historic milestone! Here are a few pictures of the home.

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