Continuing with the goal of leading the way, New Dawn Developments now includes Built Green™ Gold certification for every new home. As Cranbrook and Kimberley’s first and only builder to offer Built Green™ certification to clients, New Dawn is proud to commit to building homes that benefit the home owner, the community and the environment.
Built Green™ is an industry driven voluntary program that promotes “green” building practices to reduce the impact that a building has on the environment. Improved energy efficiency means comfort and long term savings for the homeowner. Healthier indoor air quality means comfort, better health and peace of mind for the family. Durable, reduced-maintenance materials mean a longer life for the home and long term savings. Preserving natural resources means leaving more for future generations to enjoy.
Chad Jensen, President of New Dawn Developments, says, “Consumers are increasingly looking for environmentally friendly lifestyle choices. We’re responding to that challenge and from now on, all of our single family homes will be built to at least the Gold standard – an efficiency rating of 77 or higher. Clients will be able to select options to bring their home to the Platinum level if they choose to – an efficiency rating of 82 or higher.”
Through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), home buyers may qualify for a 10% premium refund when CMHC-insured financing is used to purchase a Built Green™ Gold level home.
By choosing to build an energy efficient home with New Dawn, homeowners are making a choice to help protect our environment for the future as well as make a difference to their bank account today.
Energy Efficiency – Next to a mortgage, energy costs are the most significant household expenses. An energy efficient home offers lower energy costs by comparison.
Comfort – Increased homeowner control of humidity and temperature is a benefit of a home with improved ventilation. The design of the home and the orientation of the home on the lot can take advantage of both the sun’s warmth in the winter and reduce its impact in the summer.
Water Efficiency – Water is becoming a precious resource. Significant reductions in the amount of water a household consumes can be achieved by installing water efficient low-flow fixtures and appliances, such as dual-flush toilets, Energy Star washing machines and dishwashers, and aerators on faucets and showers.
Healthier Indoor Air – Built GreenTM encourages well-sealed duct systems, combustion appliances that are sealed and/or direct vented, controlled fresh air and uses interior building materials that reduce or eliminate noxious air pollutants like formaldehyde and other organic compounds.
Durability and Less Maintenance – Maintenance and replacement costs can be reduced by using building materials that are more durable, both inside and outside the home like composite decking and 30 year shingles.
Global Benefits – The use of local materials is encouraged, thereby reducing transportation costs and stimulating the local economy. A focus on selecting products and materials made from recycled content reduces the need and energy to extract new materials.
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