A shining example of energy efficient home building has been completed in Kelowna.
This year’s Home for Learning has been rated Platinum under the EnerGuide rating system with a score of 85.
What this means for whoever buys the home is a home with exceptional air tightness, insulation, and efficient mechanical systems to cool and heat the home.
The home was built under the scrutiny of the Canadian Home Builder’s Association’s Central Okanagan and award winning builder Distinctive Development, in Partnership with Okanagan College’s residential framing program and Melcor Developments.
Located at 1670 Begley Rd. at Black Mountain, this luxury home for empty-nesters sets the standard for value; upwards of $60,000 of systems upgrades are included in the sale price of $539,900.
That purchase price qualifies the owner for a range of rebates under multiple programs.
Some of the technical features that will drive down the operating costs of the home include insulated concrete forms as opposed to conventional stick frame and batt insulation. The mechanical room includes a Navien tankless on-demand hot water system to supply both domestic hot water and the hot water for radiant in-floor heating in the basement.
The hot water system efficiency is bolstered further with a solar hot water system. The standard air conditioning system was replaced by an air to air heat pump, which is 200 per cent more efficient than a regular air conditioner.
Besides being a showcase mechanical system the home is beautiful. The basement is fully finished with a wet bar ready for entertaining and features a lovely cork floor, kept even more inviting with the radiant in-floor heat system. The two downstairs bedrooms are equipped with data lines.
Upstairs there are upgrades readily apparent— top line Frigidaire appliance package, granite countertops, large gas fireplace, flat screen TV and luxury banks of windows.
The cabinetry is all Built Green BC. The home comes complete with an alarm system, built in vacuum, an exterior stainless steel natural gas Jackson BBQ, and a full wiring package for whole home audio.
Upgrades on the main floor that will pay dividends in the future but aren’t obvious to the casual viewer include icynene insulation which does not sag or shift and creates a long-lasting R value for exterior walls.
The exterior is fully landscaped with irrigation. There is a two car garage and space for RV parking as well.
CHBA-CO president, Kevin Bounds, is hopeful that the high quality example of this Home for Learning will inspire home buyers to look for energy efficient options.
“This home demonstrates to people the value of what can be in a home,” said Bounds.
“We are hoping people appreciate the value of the new EnerGuide system.