extract from article written by Pat St. Germain, Winnipeg Free Press
Inspired designs provide plenty of eye candy during the Parage of Homes. But it’s what you can’t see that has some builders excited about throwing open their doors this fall.
Exterior Insulation, Energy Recovery Ventilators and drain water heat recovery systems are among the more low profile features, along with natural gas furnaces and appliances.
Builders are working together toward adopting newer technologies, a commitment that was demonstrated through a Local Energy Efficiency Partnership (LEEP) project sponsored by Manitoba Hydro and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Manitoba Home Builders’ Association president Mike Moore says consultations began in 2014 to study everything from on-demand water heaters to passive solar heat pumps.
“We brought together about a dozen builders and looked at the hundreds of different technologies and narrowed it down to about a dozen, and then from there took about five and really went to town on them” Moore says.
Manufacturers were invited to present in-depth information about shortlisted items and one – the drain water heat recovery system – will become a building code requirement for all new homes starting April 1, 2016.