Thursday, March 21, 2019


Frequently Asked Questions About EnviroHomes


Q: How is an EnviroHome designation achieved?

A: The EnviroHome designation is granted by the Canadian Home Builder's Association under their EnviroHome initiative, sponsored by TD Canada Trust. Only homes that meet demanding technical and environmental standards are eligible for this distinction. Less than 20 homes across Canada receive this designation annually.


Q: Do builders need specific training to construct an EnviroHome?

A: EnviroHome builders are among "the best of the best". Every EnviroHome builder has taken R-2000 training and updating seminars to keep on top of technical developments. In order to earn the EnviroHome designation, each home must meet the technical and environmental criteria. Before a home is given the designation, the plans must be approved by the National EnviroHome Selection Committee.


Q: Does the EnviroHome represent the most advanced technology available in Canada's housing industry?

A: Absolutely! The Teixeira EnviroHome is state-of-the-art. It begins with insulated concrete forming (ICF), a system of IntegraSpec® lightweight interlocking polystyrene panels. The Hambro® floor system uses steel joists and reinforced concrete, with Wirsbo® infloor heating. North Star® windows include Super Spacer technology. The home meets the demanding energy performance requirements of the R-2000 Standard and includes a whole-house ventilation system by vanEE®, considered a pioneer in the industry.


Q: Is the environment taken into consideration in every aspect of the EnviroHome?

A: That's the key to the EnviroHome concept. Environmentally responsible construction materials are used. Concrete is inert, non-toxic and produced from abundant natural and recycled materials. The interior wall studs supplied by VicWest Thermasteel are manufactured using recycled steel, and both the insulation and drywall contain recycled material. The fresh-air ventilation system helps to ensure a healthy indoor living environment without compromising energy efficiency. Materials and products, from flooring and kitchen cabinets to paints, varnishes and glues, have been carefully chosen to minimize the amount of chemicals released into the home's air. Water-conserving toilets, faucets and showerheads reduce water use.


Q: Does the EnviroHome mean significantly improved indoor air quality?

A: Yes. With allergies and asthma on the rise, clean indoor air is more important than ever. EnviroHome builders take special care to ensure every EnviroHome project is designed to provide healthy indoor air. That means a continuous supply of clean, fresh air throughout the home, careful selection of building products and materials, a comfortable moisture level and proper exhaust of household odours. Superior windows eliminate condensation and the possibility of mould growth. Warmer, drier basements avoid moisture problems and resulting mould growth. The ventilation system continuously draws in fresh outdoor air and exhales stale, stuffy air from the home. During this exchange of air, the heat from the exhaust air is used to warm the incoming fresh air. The entire process exhausts irritating pollutants and controls humidity while optimizing energy efficiency.