EnviroHome

Highlights Features

  • Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) for foundation and exterior walls to provide a continuous building shell for superior strength, energy efficiency, comfortable even heat and noise reduction.
  • Hydronic in-floor radiant heating embedded within a floor system of steel joists and reinforced concrete for barefoot comfort, energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
  • High-efficiency oil-fired boiler for domestic water and radiant space heating, with supplementary solar hot water heater for domestic hot water.
  • Photo-voltaic solar panels and a battery storage system to provide electricity for some interior lighting, for increased peace of mind and back-up in power outages.
  • Energy recovery ventilator (ERV) for whole-house ventilation÷for fresh indoor air, balanced moisture levels and effective heat recovery.
  • High-performance windows with Super Spacer technology for superior energy efficiency and lots of natural light inside the home.
  • Certified to the R-2000 Standard.
  • Exterior cladding of "concrete stone" for visual appeal, durability and ease of application.
  • Steel studs in interior walls for strength and stability.
  • Low-offgassing kitchen cabinets and counters to protect the indoor air; also low-emission adhesives, paints and finishes.
  • Ceramic tile and pre-engineered hardwood flooring for reduced off-gassing and dust accumulation, and easy maintenance.
  • Living quarters on one level. Potential for future expansion in the basement to provide additional high-quality living space.
  • Building materials with recycled content÷e.g., cellulose ceiling insulation with recycled paper, wall studs with recycled steel, drywall with recycled paper and waste gypsum. Also, the solar hot water system contains recycled components, and OSB (Oriented Strand Board) panels were re-used as roof sheathing after serving as forming for the flooring system.
  • From the outside, the Teixeira EnviroHome looks like many other new homes you find dotting the landscape in rural Eastern Ontario÷an attractive bungalo nestled in the trees with a lovely view of the surroundings. But take a closer look÷this is a home with a difference.
  • When George and Anne Brealey decided to build a retirement home, they had a long list of requirements and wishes. They wanted a home they could enjoy for years to come without worrying about excessive maintenance and escalating monthly costs. Comfort and lots of light for Anneâs plants were high on the list. So was good indoor air quality and energy efficiency. Having lived through the ice storm that brought much of Eastern Ontario to a halt a few years ago, the Brealeys also wanted some control over their environment in case of another bad storm.
  • George and Anne turned to Teixeira Construction, a custom R-2000 builder with a strong reputation for quality. The result is the Teixeira EnviroHome, a home that offers unsurpassed living comfort and energy efficiency. The EnviroHome designation is granted to new homes that meet energy efficiency and environmental guidelines, including certification under the R-2000 program. The EnviroHome initiative is operated by the Canadian Home Buildersâ Association with the support of TD Canada Trust.
  • Located on 4 acres in Lanark County about 12 km north of Perth, the 1,950 sq. ft. 2-bedroom bungalow takes full advantage of the most recent advances in building materials and systems. Overall, the house represents the best new home technology available today.
  • Teixeira used IntegraSpec® insulating concrete forms (ICF) to construct the foundation and exterior walls of the home as one continuous unit. ICFs are hollow foam blocks that are stacked, reinforced inside with steel rods and filled with concrete. The forms stay in place after the concrete has hardened, serving as both insulation and backing for siding and interior finishing.
  • "The ICF system offers tremendous benefits to both builders and homeowners," explains Lawrence Loh, Marketing DirectoröResidential with the Cement Association of Canada.
  • "An ICF home is fast and efficient to build. There is less construction waste and no worry about damaging exposure to the elements÷concrete and polysterene canât warp."
  • "Just as important, the ICF system provides a consistent level of quality, home after home. Not surprisingly, a growing number of builders are embracing this simple, systematic approach to building homes of lasting quality."
  • For homeowners, living in an ICF home is an experience in extreme comfort. Just ask the Brealeys. The home is quiet and peaceful as outside noise is greatly reduced. The air feels clean as neither dust nor moisture can penetrate the walls from the outside. A vanEE® whole-house ventilation system circulates fresh, filtered air from the outside throughout the house, while expelling moisture, particles and odours generated inside the home in the course of daily living. An ICF home "feels solid and secure" in a way homeowners find difficult to describe, but easy to love.
  • The home also features a Wirsbo® hydronic in-floor radiant heating system encased within a Hambro® floor system of steel joists and reinforced concrete. This is a difference you can feel÷barefoot comfort, even temperatures, no dust or moulds blowing around. For now, the Brealeyâs basement is left undeveloped, but it can easily be turned into living space as comfortable as any area on the main floor.
  • The home is bright, convenient to live in and finished with attention to indoor air quality. North Star® high-performance windows help Anneâs indoor garden grow, while eliminating condensation; pre-finished engineered hardwood floors from Burlco® and ceramic tiles donât off-gas or collect dust and are easy to clean; Laurysen® kitchen cabinets and countertops are made to reduce off-gassing.
  • Built and certified to the R-2000 Standard, the home is extremely energy efficient. George and Anne can expect to use about 60% less energy overall than the same home built to the Ontario Building Code; 30% less energy than the maximum energy allowed for R-2000 homes. This performance is helped along by the use of supplementary solar water heating.
  • A generator and photo-voltaic solar panels eliminate the worry of loosing power. The electricity harvested by the panels is enough to operate a number of lights for several hours a day. An auxiliary generator will supply the additional electricity needed to operate the water and heating system in the event of a prolonged power outage. Between these back-up systems and the high insulation value and heat retention of ICF construction, this home is the best place to be in a storm. A good thing to know in the middle of winter.