INDUSTRY-LEADING ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOMEBUILDING

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Pacesetter Homes Saskatchewan is one of the leading home builders in Energy – Efficient home construction.

Our homes are expertly designed to be energy efficient and reduce our carbon footprint. Every home is tested by a third party to ensure airtightness and our homes are certified 15% or more energy-efficient than the national reference house. Each home will receive the EnerGuide label to prove it.

We continuously work on improvements in Energy Efficiency. Currently, we are testing more economical ways of building NetZero Ready homes. Our latest project at 104 Forsey Avenue in Saskatoon was featured as part of the Saskatoon Parade of Homes as a NetZero demonstration project. 

What does this mean for you as a homeowner?

So how do we achieve this high standard?

A 96% energy efficient furnace with an HRV system is an important factor in the airtightness of your home. It contributes to reduced air leakage, which means fewer drafts, less noise, fewer odours, and lost warm air in the winter and cooled air in the summer. An HRV system works by providing you with a constant flow of fresh air while recovering the heat from the stale air that is being exhausted from your home. Thereby helping you maintain a more comfortable, healthier indoor environment. A programmable WIFI thermostat can help you manage to heat and cooling anywhere in your home, on any day. We also ensure that our mechanical systems are designed to the home size ensuring equal distribution of heating and cooling systems.

In your home, you are provided with a direct vent hot water heater. Due to the high cost of electricity in Saskatchewan, this saves you over $500 per year compared to an electric water heater.

Our homes feature triple glazed, low e windows filled with argon gas that are designed to maximize the energy efficiency of your home by preventing air and water leakage with their five-seal defense system. To take it even further, all windows and doors are sealed with a top of the line waterproof membrane as well as insulated with spray foam to ensure they are air tight.

You want your home to be as airtight as possible to eliminate drafts and maintain an even temperature throughout your home. This means that it is important to properly seal around all windows and doors, vents and electrical outlets. Our homes come standard with R50 blown-in ceiling insulation, and we go above the standard building code for our climate by using spray foam sealant at all attic penetrations. We also use vapour sealed electrical boxes on all exterior walls and attics to eliminate drafts. Lower utility bills are a result of an air-tight home that will help with the cost of new home-ownership and they also add great resale value to your home!

High-efficiency LED lighting is used throughout our homes which not only cuts down on energy consumption, but it also has a longer life span and shouldn’t need to be replaced for up to 15 years! LEDs use less energy than other bulbs which allows them last about 25,000 hours on average.

We use some recycled materials for our insulation and take great care to reduce, reuse and recycle all building materials. We occasionally donate extra materials that cannot be returned to the restore for Habitat for Humanity.

We have diligently defined Industry Leading Air Tightness Scopes of Work for all of our trades involving any building envelope penetrations. This ensures that our 3rd party blower door test achieves less than 1.0 air exchanges per hour. Meaning that it will take less energy to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.

Prior to drywall being installed in our homes, we complete a thermal imaging test to ensure that there are no areas in the home lacking insulation.

We use low flow toilets, showerheads and faucets with our standard now being dual flush toilets.

We use a high-efficiency HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator) to ensure air freshness. We use Hypo-Allergenic premium carpet underlay and all of the paints that we use are low VOC (volatile organic compound). After completing all construction we do a complete cleaning of all ductwork to ensure that there are no dust or drywall particles in the vents.

Homesites are chosen with the orientation of homes in mind to take advantage of future solar panel generation and passive solar gain from window locations. We also choose home sites in close proximity to take advantage of building efficiencies while reducing carbon emissions and waste.

Making a home NetZero Ready

A NetZero Ready home means that with the installation of solar panels this home can generate all of the energy it needs to for heating, cooling and daily living by the future homeowners.

We’ve accomplished this by improving the airtightness of the home, selecting energy-efficient mechanical systems and using industry-leading building practices throughout the home.

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Making a home NetZero Ready

A NetZero Ready home means that with the installation of solar panels this home can generate all of the energy it needs to for heating, cooling and daily living by the future homeowners.

We’ve accomplished this by improving the airtightness of the home, selecting energy-efficient mechanical systems and using industry-leading building practices throughout the home.

Learn more about the building technology we used in this NetZero Ready Home.

Insulation

We’ve included two types of insulation on the exterior walls. Batt insulation rated at R22 and 11/2″ of rigid insulation on the exterior.

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Air Tightness

The air tightness of a home is key in keeping heating and cooling costs low. Learn more about how we’ve improved the air tightness by scanning the QR code.

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Heat Pump

This home’s temperature is regulated through a heat pump. Outdoor air is passed over a coil to heat or cool it before distributing it through the home.

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Spray Foam

We’ve used spray foam is under the basement slab. This adds additional insulation as well as reduces potential air leakage and radon infiltration.

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Water Heater

This home has a condensing tankless hot water heater. Not only will you have hot water on demand, it recycles the extra heat produced.

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Windows

Our windows are triple pane argon-filled windows. They are coated in 3 layers of silver reducing solar gain from the hot outdoor sun.

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Attic Inslation

Attics are one of the major heat loss areas of a home. We’ve added more space for the insulation and increased it to an R60 value.

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Solar Ready

Behind the walls, we’ve included a conduit for the future homeowner to connect solar panels to the electrical panel in the basement.

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Mechanical Systems

All of the heating and cooling systems in this home were chosen due to their energy efficiency.

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Basement Insulation

The walls are framed to allow for additional insulation. This will make the basement more comfortable for the future homeowner.

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