This is my vision of the modern sustainable community. Building communities that are about effective designs, green wellness and sustainable living. It’s all about savings by design. This is where I share our story about changing the way we build communities. Join us and take this opportunity to do something better. Subscribe now to get all the latest Sean Blogs.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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:
As I often state, the environment is a big deal to me – because a green home is a better, healthier home for you and your family. I extend this philosophy to the actual construction of the home, as I’ve alluded to in the past. Aside from lowering energy consumption, and aiding in your families water conservation efforts, I also use alternative building materials with lower VOC levels whenever I can. VOC is short for volatile organic compounds, which are carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature.
The City of Barrie has lofty plans to develop on the ‘annexed’ Innisfil land immediately south of the city – but there is one hitch. Before the city is allowed access to land, it must increase its population by 40%, as per the Provincial Growth Plan. The Growth Plan sets out minimum density targets of between 150 and 400 residents and jobs combined per hectare for each urban growth centre that must be met by 2031. In this case, a population of 210,000 and the employment of 101,000 people is what Barrie needs to achieve.