PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS VIRTUAL TOUR IS ONLY AVAILABLE FROM OCTOBER 12 - 19, 2020.
The renovation of this 1970’s home sought to create a stronger indoor-outdoor connection, while minimizing its effects on the natural environment through extensive energy efficiency upgrades. The home’s beautiful exterior space; including expansive gardens, and a large backyard featuring an inground swimming pool, is now intricately connected to the interior space through large, floor-to-ceiling windows across the rear of the home.
The home’s floorplan has been completely revised to incorporate a more open-concept design, which allows the interior space to be flooded with natural light. The master suite has been moved to its own level between the first and second floors overlooking the home’s beautiful backyard. This separate level provides a sense of separation from the social spaces of the home and creates a more intimate setting.
The home’s building envelope has been completely renovated, with increased insulation and significantly improved air sealing measures, with the addition of high performancetriple glazed windows with low-e coatings. Additionally, the home is primarily heated by an air-source heat pump with the aid of two ERVs for high efficiency. Overall, these energy-efficiency measures have reduced the home’s annual energy consumption from 403 to 104 GJ/year – a 74% reduction. Based on these figures, this home is now 43% more efficient than a similar new home built to the Ontario Building Code. Both the energy efficiency measures and the use of electricity as a primary fuel source have reduced the greenhouse gas emissions of this home from 18.8 to 3.4 tonnes/year.
Measures to improve the home’s indoor air quality have also been implimented and include:
-Interior finishes and materials selected to reduce environmental impact & improve indoor air quality
-Two ERVs to pre-condition incoming air and provide adequate amounts of fresh air into the home