April 1, 2010
Brookfield Homes is opening two new model homes in Brantford to help educate buyers on the benefits of going green.
Johnson Road. This two storey and bungalow community is just minutes from the 403 and
offers homebuyers a wide variety of house types to choose from.
Yesterday, Brookfield unveiled a trio of designer decorated new model homes: One traditional, one built to Energy Star standards and one, which is GreenHouse Certified.
“We really want to provide our homebuyers with attractive green options and more information about the benefits of investing in energy efficient features so they can make more informed buying decisions,” said Marc Thibault, Director of Sales and Marketing for Brookfield.
“We have heard from many of our past homeowners that the reason they chose not to invest in energy efficient features is because they did not have a full understanding of its benefits. We hope to use these two new models to demonstrate some of the differences in construction materials being used and quantify the energy and dollar savings.”
The concept of energy efficient features is not new to Brookfield, however, the way they are communicating these features to prospective homeowners is. “Our trade partners have been invaluable to us in this process and they will be at our launch to provide visitors to the model homes with information on the advantages and benefits of these energy efficient features.
The Energy Star model home offers features such as extra insulation in the walls, a 94% efficient gas-fired furnace, a tankless hot water heater, a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) and Low E Argon windows. Energy Star homes use less energy and generate less house gasses. From the day you move in, you will notice savings. It is estimated to immediately save 30% on annual electricity and natural gas bills compared to a standard code built home.
The GreenHouse Certified model home offers additional energy saving features over and above the Energy Star model. These homes feature an increase in insulation, a high efficiency furnace, a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV), a high efficiency hot water heater, and Low E Argon windows.
In addition, those living in a GreenHouse home will benefit from various water conservation elements that may include high efficiency toilets, aerators and low flow faucets & showerheads, grey water recycling system and energy star appliances. It will not only reduce energy costs by approximatley 30% but also reduce water consumption by approximately 25%. A whole home humidifier , low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints, 100% natural wool carpets & Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified hardwood floors will greatly improve the indoor air quality, and protect residents against mold, dust, radon emissions and VOC .The GreenHouse model also makes maximum use of recycled and sustainable materials.
From the foundation to the rooftop, and from insulation to indoor air quality, GreenHouse Certified homes use substantially less energy, generate less greenhouse gasses, require fewer materials to build and offer a fresher, healthier living environment. And, most importantly, a GreenHouse Certified home will actually save you money from the day you move in.
Brookfield Homes is encouraging the adoption of Energy Star and GreenHouse rated homes by providing additional upgrade incentives to those who make the investment. “By lessening the initial perceived investment, we hope that more homebuyers will decide to move forward with these energy saving features to both reduce their monthly energy costs as well as their environmental impact”, Mr. Thibault says.
Traditional homes at Grand Valley Trails start at $239,990 for a 1,300-square-foot three bedroom home on a 36-foot lot and run up to $359,990 for a large 3,100-square-foot executive residence on a 43-foot lot.
Green options are available on all models and all lot sizes.