Net Zero Housing on the Prairies
Willowview Heights in Saskatoon is home to the first Net Zero multi-unit residential building in Canada and showcases natural gas as the heating source. The building is only one of seven that is part of a national initiative coordinated by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association to build affordable and comfortable housing.
A Net Zero home produces as much energy as it uses. It can be up to 80 per cent more energy efficient than a standard new home since the building envelope (ie. windows, insulation, air tightness) is built to a higher standard.
As part of the project, the energy use and production will be monitored for four years and will provide future direction for the National Building Code of Canada.