Designers need to have discussions with their builders about these problem areas, how they impact customer complaints and service. Builders require simple and proven sustainable design alternatives. Familiarize yourself with ENERGY STAR, LEED-H and GreenHouseä specifications, as many of Ontario’s top builders have adopted these building standards. A recent J.D. Power survey commissioned by EnerQuality indicated that 84% of new homebuyers see energy efficiency as very important on their next purchase decision.
In the next issues of Builder/Architect Magazine, Part III will explain how you can apply some simple value-engineering principles, which will improve the builder’s bottom line and result in a more energy efficient and better-built house. There will also be some suggestions on what both Builders and Trades are coming to expect from Construction drawings to help them deliver a value-added product.
Al Schmidt is a building and energy consultant and trainer for EnerQuality Corp., a service provider for the R-2000 program, ENERGY STARâ for New Homes, Building Canada, LEED-H, GreenHouse Certified Construction and EnerGuide Rating System. EnerQuality has been in the business of promoting “best building” practices in Ontario since 1998.