Reid's Heritage Homes chosen to build Net Zero Energy homes

GUELPH, ON, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Reid's Heritage Homes has been chosen to be 
one of five Canadian home-builders from across the country to participate in 
an exciting new project in cooperation with Natural Resources Canada and Owens 
Corning Canada, part of the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative. The overall 
project will see the construction of at least 25 Net Zero energy homes in four 
provinces - Nova Scotia, Québec, Alberta, and Ontario. Reid's Heritage Homes 
is the only company chosen in Ontario outside the capital city region. 
Blake Seeberger, Senior Vice-President of Residential Construction, Reid's 
Heritage Homes, said, "Reid's Heritage Homes has a long-standing commitment to 
building environmentally friendly homes and communities, and we are honoured 
to be chosen for this important initiative that will take us to the next level 
of green sustainability. We believe this is one of the most important 
environmental projects in the country at this time." 
Seeberger added, "We always have sustainable initiatives at the forefront of 
our minds. We constantly aim to improve in this area, and take on the newest 
advancements in energy efficient building practices whenever we can. We were 
thrilled to be one of five builders handpicked by National Resources Canada 
and Owens Corning Canada for a national Net Zero Homes program, especially as 
the only homebuilder chosen in Ontario, outside the Ottawa area." 
The $4 million Net-Zero Energy Housing Project is co-funded by the Canadian 
government, Owens Corning Canada, and the participating builders. At least 25 
Net Zero energy homes will be built across the country; Reid's Heritage Homes 
has committed to building five, in Southwestern Ontario. 
Seeberger noted, "Our participation in this program means that Reid's Heritage 
Homes agrees to invest knowledge, time and resources into the future of 
sustainable building in Canada. Our team will build five homes that produce as 
much energy as they use. As Net Zero Homes, these homes will be the most 
advanced homes in the way of energy efficiency in Canada. To be specific, the 
Net Zero Homes are 15 years ahead of the homebuilding industry today. The 
building technology used will pave the path for future environmentally 
conscious builders and future eco-conscious communities." Reid's Heritage 
Homes has accepted this exciting challenge with the goal of advancing the 
awareness and science behind sustainable building practices, by determining 
optimal innovative systems that will work in the ultra-efficient, Net Zero 
homes. 
The project, beginning with technical design, planning and training, and 
culminating in the construction of the homes, is now underway, and will be 
completed by 2016. The Net Zero homes built by Reid's Heritage Homes will 
include advanced heating, cooling and ventilation systems; high efficiency 
windows; superior levels of insulation and air tightness; solar panels that 
feed back to the grid; significant water conservation measures; and many other 
environmentally progressive features. 
Reid's Heritage Homes has a long history of being at the leading edge of 
advanced building. Accomplishments in this area include: 


    --  Building the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental
        Design (LEED-H) Platinum home in Canada - specifically in
        Guelph in 2007
    --  Building the second LEED-H Platinum Home in Canada (and the
        first in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo area)
    --  Maintaining status as an Energy Star Builder - with many of
        Reid's Heritage communities entirely Energy Star Qualified
    --  Receiving the Energy Star Participant of the Year award in
        2012, as the first homebuilder in Canada to be acknowledged
        with this honour
    --  Partnering with the City of Guelph to offer the Blue Built Home
        Program in master-planned community Westminster Woods
    --  Participating in the Optimum Home Program, offered by Union Gas
    --  Building Ontario's first Built Green home

Commenting on the location of the Net Zero homes project, Seeberger added, 
"Reid's Heritage Homes believes these advanced energy efficient homes will 
align with the importance municipalities place on being truly green and 
sustainable cities. These homes will add significantly to the already 
impressive sustainable practices and goals in place in many of the 
municipalities in which we build. Because of this common goal among the 
municipalities and their citizens alike, our team will work with local trades 
and suppliers to design and build homes that we would all be proud to own, 
ourselves."

About Reid's Heritage Homes: 
Built on a solid reputation of quality, integrity and service, Reid's Heritage 
Homes is one of Ontario's leading builders, with a history of homebuilding 
that goes back to 1947. The same enduring values that motivated our founder 
Orin Reid, inspire our many diverse communities today.

For over 30 years, Reid's Heritage Homes has proudly developed homes ranging 
from single detached homes; mid-rise condos; two-storey, executive and 
bungalow townhomes; to custom estates and active adult communities. In every 
home we build, our commitment to excellence is defined by our LiveWISE 
™program, which underlines our award-winning emphasis on top quality, 
satisfied customers, environmental responsibility, superior service, 
exceptional design, and the creation of vibrant neighbourhoods.

For interview inquires with Blake Seeberger please contact:

Ashley Ferraro Director, Marketing and Communications Reid's Heritage Homes 
aferraro@heritagehomes.com 519.658.6656 ext. 285 226.755.0682

SOURCE: Reid's Heritage Homes

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