VAUGHAN, ON, Feb. 7, 2019 /CNW/ - Empire Communities, one of North America's largest homebuilders, has just been named a double Cross Boarder Builder Challenge winner of the Canadian Production Builder award for the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and Canadian Residential Services Network (CRESNET) President's Award. RESNET sets the standards for quality for the HERS rating industry and to date, they have had more than 2.4 million homes in North America HERS rated through their efforts. The two awards bestowed on Empire were for their Discovery Home pilot program at their Riverland community in Breslau, Ontario.
The Empire Discovery Home pilot includes two homes in Breslau that are designed with some of the most energy-saving and environmentally conscious innovations being tested today. Their construction is not only an exercise in sustainability, but also an experiment in research and development that will have a large impact on how Empire will build homes in the future. Essential to the success of the project are Empire's industry partners, Dow Building Solutions, Rockwool and George Brown College who provided the materials and monitoring expertise for the homes. Additional materials and support were provided through RenewABILITY, Greyter Water Systems, A.O. Smith, vänEE, Panasonic, Aeroseal and AIRMAX and project management through Clearsphere.
Empire strives to continuously grow and become leaders in their industry, and they are committed to doing this by constantly testing and experimenting in order to ensure they build Building Solutions to standards above both Energy Star and Ontario Building Code. Empire looks to 'future-proof' all of their homes and communities to come.
"Sustainable construction and energy efficiency have long been part of our culture," says Paul Golini, Executive Vice President, Industry Relations at Empire Communities. "A challenge that comes with this commitment is finding new ways to continuously raise the bar as building code changes and efficiency standards are elevated. We innovate by piloting our ideal energy-saving technologies and building solutions into experiments that can potentially be applied to all of our new homes," added Golini.
These homes were given a HERS score of 38, awarding Empire with the Canadian Production Builder lowest score. To be considered for this award, builders need to have more than 49 homes HERS rated each year. Additionally, Empire won the CRESNET President's Award with a HERS average fleet score of 44. This award typically goes to the Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes rated less than 52 over the course of one year (2018-2019).
The HERS Index is a North American industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. It's also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance. The lower the score, the more energy efficient the home is deemed.
The Cross Boarder Builder Challenge promotes the utilization of the HERS Index and energy efficient home building in the U.S. and Canada. The RESNET and CRESNET Cross Border Challenge is a friendly competition between American and Canadian builders to determine just how energy efficient builders can be in their homes. Past winners have included Heathwood Homes, Brookfield Residential and Geranium Homes.
Empire Communities (empirecommunities.com) is a residential builder/developer involved in all sectors of the new home building industry, including both low‐rise and high‐rise built forms. Celebrating 25 years of building inspiring new places to live, Empire has an established tradition of creating prestigious award-winning new homes, communities and amenities and has earned a reputation for outstanding attention to detail and customer service. Since its inception in 1993, Empire has built over 12,000 new homes and condos. Today, Empire is one of the largest homebuilders in North America with current communities in Toronto, Southwestern Ontario and the Southern U.S. States.
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