Top five reasons to buy a new Savings by Design home
When you’re looking for a new home, it’s good to do your research. Just because a home is new doesn’t mean it’s as energy efficient as it could be. Every Savings by Design (SBD) home is built to achieve 25 per cent more energy efficiency than required by the 2012 Ontario Building Code (OBC). For you, the homeowner, that means a healthier more comfortable home overall, with lower energy bills and less impact on the environment.
Here are the top five reasons to buy a new SBD home:
ENERGY EFFICIENCY YOU’LL ACTUALLY FEEL
With innovations like advanced construction, higher levels of insulation and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, your home will not only be more comfortable, you’ll save considerably on your energy costs, too.
IMPROVED AIR QUALITY AND COMFORT
SBD homes are designed to give you and your family the best possible indoor living environment, including clean air with a comfortable relative humidity. It starts with a solid construction that prevents air leakage, moisture penetration and advanced ventilation.
WELL-DESIGNED, GREENER COMMUNITIES
New SBD developments are designed to balance private and public areas, increase safety and reduce impact on the environment. Some examples are outdoor recreational areas, playgrounds for children and safe pedestrian pathways. Plus, sustainable solutions such as storm management strategies, permeable paving, rainwater barrels and bio-swales all help to reduce site stormwater runoff – giving it another place to go besides the sewer system and preventing flooding.
YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING
Because you are involved in the process, you’ll know what went into the home, including what’s behind the walls and ceiling. Plus, flexible layouts make it easy to accommodate future changes to your household.
QUALITY ‘FUTURE PROOF’ CONSTRUCTION
New SBD homes are built to be future proofed with quality craftsmanship and attention to detail using the latest products, materials and techniques. That means they’re built to be as durable as possible – keeping you comfortable for years to come.
Savings by Design
The Savings by Design program was created
by Enbridge Gas Distribution to encourage and
help Ontario builders design and build new homes
to an even higher level of energy efficiency than
required by code. To learn more about all the benefits
of owning a newlybuilt SBD home and for a list of SBD
builders, please visit Live.SavingsByDesign.ca.