Purchasing a BuiltGreen certified home offers many benefits - a healthier, more durable home with a lower environmental impact, plus cost savings. One of the most overlooked aspects of a sustainably built home is durability. Our certified homes include a wide variety of durable and energy saving features plus our homes are third-party certified.
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Single family new homes certified through BuiltGreen are eligible for a partial mortgage loan insurance premium refund of 15%.
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Sun Porch Homes builds with a focus on energy efficiency, materials, methods, indoor air quality, ventilation, waste management, water management and sustainable business practices. We achieve a Better Life, Better World by being a BuiltGreen Canada® member. When we certify a new home through BuiltGreen, our homes receive two certifications, First an EnerGuide rating (EnerGuide is the Government of Canada’s mark associated with the labelling and rating of the energy consumption) and second, a BuiltGreen seal confirms your new home is reducing its environmental impact and enables your family to live a healthier, more sustainable life.
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Welcome to our Better Life, Better World new home construction program. At Sun Porch Homes we get it. We are rooted in Nanaimo's community and contribute to its well-being by improving the comfort and health of our newly constructed homes and reducing our carbon footprint. We are one of Vancouver Island’s largest private Living Wage Employers.
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A home designed and built by Sun Porch Homes offers benefits for the homeowner, starting with increased affordability. Homes certified through Built Green Canada address energy efficiency and then go beyond to include the preservation of natural resources, reduction of pollution, ventilation, air quality and the improvement of home durability. This means monthly water, electric, and gas bills are lowered, fewer repair and renovation costs to anticipate and premium mortgage insurance rebate eligibility.
A greener built home creates an environment for improved health and comfort for your family with less stress on peoples’ respiratory and immune systems. Some of these health benefits may be difficult to see - like materials with low Volatile Organic Compounds (referred to as VOCs) and toxicity (e.g. paint, carpet, insulation, sealant, etc.) your body will thank you for choosing not to breathe in toxins.
Our homes are well ventilated and the indoor air quality is also be improved through the installation of a Heat Recovery Ventilator. These fresh air ventilators replace old, stale air with filtered fresh air (and recovered heat from outgoing stale air).
Our energy efficient homes have less temperature variance from room-to-room. They are more airtight, which reduces noticeable drafts and sound transfer.
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Sun Porch Homes takes a holistic approach to sustainable building by reducing the environmental impact both during the build and in the day-to-day operation of running the home. We understand that preserving natural resources means leaving more for future generations to enjoy.
By choosing a BuiltGreen certified home, our Home Buyer is showing a commitment to their environment, future generations, and improving the way they live. Simply said, BuiltGreen homes a lower carbon footprint than traditionally built homes.
Our certified homes offer the benefit of increased durability through the efficient use of building materials and processes. This means a longer life for your home, which doesn’t require substantial renovation every five years. As such, maintenance costs are lowered.
Improved efficiency means cost savings. Homeowners enjoy lower monthly operating costs: water, electric, and gas bills. A home built in the BuiltGreen program should save a minimum 10% or more in annual utility bills compared to a code-built home. Cumulatively, the savings can be substantial. Better energy efficiency means long-term savings.
Home Buyers who purchase a BuiltGreen certified home will benefit from an increase in market and resale value. Recent research released by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association has shown homes with green certification sell on average 10% more than homes without green certification.