April 4, 2005

New residential development to be first Canadian Energy Star community

STITTSVILLE, ONT-A new community in Ontario will be setting the standard for energy efficiency. Jackson Trails, a new development in Ottawa's west end, will be Canada's first community of Energy Star(r)-qualified houses. The 300-house community, to be built by Tartan Homes and Tamarack Homes, will not only be energy-efficient, it will apply best practices in enhancing wildlife habitat and conservation lands. Every house will be built to Energy Star specifications, making these units approximately 40% more efficient than houses built to minimum Ontario Building Code standards. Typical energy efficiency measures for these houses include insulation upgrades, higher-performance windows, sealed air ducts, better draft-proofing and more efficient heating and air-conditioning systems. These features contribute to improved indoor air quality and comfort in the home, lower energy demands and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. They will also translate into reduced energy costs for homeowners. Energy Star encourages the use of energy-efficient lighting and appliances as well. Energy Star for New Homes is an initiative of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and several stakeholders, including the Ontario Ministry of Energy, the Ontario Home Builders' Association, EnerQuality Corporation, Union Gas, Enbridge Gas, Owens Corning Canada and Hydro Ottawa.

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