Net zero home

Energy Efficient Homes

Canterfield Ridge utilises the philosophy of living a green and eco-friendly lifestyle. Each home at Canterfield will be sustainable and built using the Net Zero building approach. Building a Net Zero home is an eco-friendly way to reduce the costs of living in a house by reducing the amount of energy used from the grid and utilising renewable energy sources to power your home. Net Zero homes have no net energy consumption, meaning that the energy produced by the homes renewable energy sources are equal or sometimes greater than the amount of energy used to power the home on an annual basis. During times when weather conditions are not ideal for renewable energy sources (cloudy, not windy, dark), the home will utilise conventional grid power. When your Net Zero home generates enough energy to balance the cost of the conventional grid power that your home uses, you have successfully reached "Net Zero".

It's all in the Design

Most Net Zero homes use the electrical grid for energy storage but some are independent of the grid. Energy is usually harvested on-site through a combination of energy producing technologies like solar and wind, while reducing the overall use of energy with highly efficient HVAC and lighting technologies. The zero-energy goal is becoming more practical as the costs of alternative energy technologies decrease and the costs of traditional fossil fuels increase.

 

Going Green Made Easy

In the last 2 years, affordable technology and access to certified green builders has become attainable for Nova Scotians. The vision for Canterfield Ridge has always been to have small carbon footprint without sacrificing on lifestyle. Here we can have it all and feel good about what we leave behind.

The people that will thrive at Canterfield Ridge will be young couples and families. People that are building their first home or looking to stay put for a little while to raise a family in a safe, happy & eco friendly place. Think about how different our kids lives will be growing up in a place like this. 

The Master Plan

green living solar

Solar

In passive solar building design, windows, walls, and floors are made to collect, store, and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter and reject solar heat in the summer.

wind energy

Wind

Smaller scale turbines for residential scale use are available. They are usually approximately 7 to 25 feet (2.1–7.6 m) in diameter and produce electricity at a rate of 300 to 10,000 watts at their tested wind speed.

green living geothermal

Geothermal

Ground source heat pumps are among the most energy efficient technologies for providing HVAC and water heating. Setup costs are higher than for conventional systems, but the difference is usually returned in energy savings in 3 to 10 years.