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Smart Power Strips & Why You Should Buy One

Here’s a great way to save energy (and cash): invest in a smart power strip. Vampire power is a real thing. Many things that stay plugged in all day – like your TV, computer and toaster oven – keep using energy even when they’re turned off. This vampire – or standby – power means that electricity is being leaked and wasted. Smart power strips prevent this.

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Your ENERGY STAR Appliances

My townhomes in Barrie are ENERGY STAR qualified homes with EnerGuide ratings of 84, 85 and 86. This means they include ENERGY STAR appliances. Anything with the ENERGY STAR rating is efficient and good for the environment. Their appliances are high-performance and use less energy, saving money on operating costs.

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Award Nomination: ENERGY STAR Builder of the Year

Excitingly again this year, Sean Homes was nominated for an EnerQuality award: the ENERGY STAR for New Homes Builder of the Year (Mid-Volume). The EnerQuality awards recognize “leaders, influencers and innovators in the residential green building and construction industry in Ontario.”

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Phase 1: A Built Success

The first phase of our Barrie community has been a complete success. With construction complete, all the neighbours have moved in. The built community looks great and we’re so proud to see it coming to life. Welcome to all the new homeowners.

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Building for the Future: Net Zero, EnerQuality & Low Impact Development

I’m all about building sustainable communities with effective designs and green living. I’m very proud of the homes we built in Barrie for Phase 1 of my townhome community. They’ve got some very cool energy-saving features. Let’s take a look at three of the key ones:

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Considering Buying a Home in Barrie, ON? Read This.

In 2016, experts ranked Barrie, ON as the 8th top city in Canada to buy real estate in. With a fair average home price to income ratio and impressive 5-year price appreciation rates, Barrie is a city that offers good value and is a smart investment for homebuyers in Canada. Now in 2017, new studies and reports agree that the Barrie housing market is hotter than ever. They predict that Barrie will soon become the top performing housing market in the country, with home prices expected to increase by 8% each year over the next 5 years.

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My Second Release Of Smart Towns Is Sold Out

I’m over the moon. This weekend I had a second VIP event and released a limited number of brand new Smart Towns right here in Barrie. There was a great crowd of eager homebuyers who attended – and by the end of the day, all of the towns were sold out. This is the second release in a row to have this kind of response, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I wanted to take a few minutes to thank everyone who registered, and all those who attended. I couldn't be more grateful to you all. Especially all those who have decided to make Sean in Barrie their new home.

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New Release Of Town Homes In Barrie

After the hugely successful first phase release of my smart towns, I’m excited to announce my new release from the mid $200s. Be sure to sign-up now to get your exclusive invitation to my VIP Event on Saturday, December 5th, at 11am sharp. There are a limited number of homes available; confirmation of your attendance is required – so be sure to sign-up for your exclusive invitation.

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Net Zero: The Future Standard

I haven’t discussed it often here on my blog, but I’m a founding member of the Canadian Home Builder Association’s Net Zero Energy Housing Council. The mandate of the council is creating a market advantage for CHBA builder and renovator members pursuing Net Zero Energy performance. What is Net-Zero? Simply put, it’s a building practice that uses a multitude of renewable technologies to build homes that consume either less or an equal amount of energy than they produce on an annual basis. The concept has become quite attractive to homebuyers, especially amidst rising hydro rates that have caused a hyper awareness of our carbon footprints – and the overall energy consumption of our homes.

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Millennial Homebuyers

Millennials are changing the way the world works. We see this more and more as they are becoming increasingly involved in social activism, seen through an array of different movements such as Occupy Wall Street, and the political process. Also, and most notably, they are the most environmentally conscious generation ever. A recent survey revealed that 83% of millennials allow the sustainable attributes of a product to influence their purchasing decisions. They also tend to favour working for companies that care about their impact on the planet, and many of them are choosing buses and bikes over cars. As they begin to enter the housing market, they’re focusing on sustainable features that not only save them money but also help to reduce their overall carbon footprint.

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Virtual Reality: Becoming More Affordable And Realistic

Virtual reality isn’t a new concept – in fact, it’s been around in theoretical practice since the 1950’s. However, if you’ve been following the developments as of late, it’s not only breaking mind-altering new ground, but also doing so with a price tag that is beyond reasonable for the average Canadian consumer. The new technology is far from the 3D grid idea of VR popularized in the 90’s; we’re talking immersive experiences that will change the way we consume, well, everything.

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House Prices Are Higher Than Ever

It’s no secret that purchasing a home is expensive in Canada. A recent report by Rent Seeker suggested that in the city of Toronto, the average house price to be the neighbourhood of $630, 858. That would require a household income of roughly $126k in order to be remotely feasible. This number isn’t static either, August it was up 5% over July – and that’s a bargain when you consider that the average home price in Vaughan is $717,414. These prices also don’t include the hidden costs of ownership, such as insurance, moving, and maintenance. So, what does this mean for intimidated homebuyers? Well, affordability can be attained outside of major city centers. Hamilton, for example, is $437,386. Those willing to commute can enjoy more affordable homes that offer buyers more for their money.

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Are you happy?

Happiness is kind of a subjective term – and it’s truly in the eye of the beholder. For one person, happiness could be solitude on an island, curling up with a good book or simply watching a sunset with a loved one. For someone else, it could be engaging in some problem solving, performing live, etc. One thing is for sure though; everyone wants to be happy. If you’re looking for hard proof, consider the number of self-help seminars and literature on the topic. Amazon alone has 67,000+ books on the topic of finding happiness; however, it doesn’t have to be so complicated. If you take the time to analyze the characteristics of truly “happy people”, you’ll notice a few reoccurring traits:

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Subsidized Solar Energy

There’s no doubt the renewable resources, such as solar energy, are the future of our planet. With the impending depletion of more harmful energy sources, it only seems logical that we’d all want to work toward finding cleaner, more economically friendly ways to power all of the things that matter most to us, both on a residential and larger scale, commercial level. Solar energy is especially interesting, because it presents the idea of energy independence, allowing households to produce what they need, without relying on the grid. Unfortunately, it’s quite expensive to get your foot in the door, so to speak. This past week though, one start-up got the seed money necessary to help eliminate the cost barrier to photovoltaic energy production.

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Summer Fun in Barrie

Summer is in full swing, and that means estival season is officially here. We’ve had quite the season thus far in Barrie. If you’re like me, you attended Barrie Waterfront Festival, Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival and, of course, the Craft Beer & BBQ Festival, although, the season is far from over. Here are a few more events to look forward to.

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Gadgets to Bring Along on Your Next Camping Trip

Summer is a wonderful time of year here in Barrie – especially if you’re into camping. Whether solo, with friends or with the family, there’s just nothing that beats sleeping under the stars by night and spending your days surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of nature. Luckily, we have 4 great options close by: Bee Happy Family Campground, Sojourn, Cedar Park, and Lawrence Park. The latter two have fantastic fishing if you happen to be into that. With so many of you planning camping trips, I thought it would be appropriate to share some great gadgets that will help make the trip even better!

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Making Air Quality Smarter

As a green builder, I know the importance of the air you breath outside – and inside – of your home. It plays a major role in our overall lung health. 90% of our time is spent indoors; healthy air quality can make a big difference in our lives. Fortunately, there are a number of smart-home products that can now help you monitor your home’s air, and appropriately act upon any variances or issues that can affect your long-term health. I thought I’d share a few of them here with you.

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The Power of Gesture

If you’ve been reading my blog over the past year, you’ll know that I’m passionate about technology. I usually like to share up and coming green products that make your home – and consequently your life – run more efficiently. This week I’d like to talk about a new phenomenon that seems to be all the rage right now, the main component of which you’ve had all along: your body and your clothes. E-textiles and gesture-based technology isn’t entirely new, but extreme advancements are currently in development and will be taking over our lives before you know it.

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A Solar Powered City

Could solar energy power an entire city? Well, globally we’ve gone from a capability of 1275 to 136,697 megawatts annually over the past 15 years, which is enough clean electricity to power over 27 million average homes. Its adoption, however, has been generally quite slow due to the financial commitment necessary. A medium sized system can start from $4000 – $6000, dependant on its complexity and capability. That being said, prices – and technology – are starting to become more digestible, and various incentives from energy companies are beginning to make the prospect of making the switch (or addition) more attractive.

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I Won Green Builder Of The Year

Exactly two weeks ago I attended the 2015 BILD Awards. I’m excited to share with all of you that I won two awards: Best E-mail Marketing Piece, and Green Builder Of The Year. If you know my background, and/or you’ve been following along with the progress of my smart townhome community here in Barrie, you’ll recognize why this was such a big win for me.

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