Custom Home Design or Stock plans
Net Zero Design
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Net Zero Design is becoming a very popular request. It allows the homeowner to offset utility costs for the majority of the year and feel good about their carbon footprint.
Net Zero Details
Net Zero Design and builds are a very detail-oriented process. Align Home design is able to provide all the special construction details and notes on your plans to ensure a successful build.
The most important part of ensuring that you are getting a true net-zero home is to find a builder with experience in building net-zero, or a builder who is willing to do their research and put in the extra work and details to ensure a successful net-zero home.
In 2016, a new section was implemented in the Alberta building code. All homes built from that timeframe forward had to chose an energy path to follow under the 9.36 section of the code. This would require all new homes to meet a new minimum standard for energy efficiency. The options are: Prescriptive/trade-off and Performance path.
We can provide you with the required construction details.
In part with the Energy Efficiency details, you will be required to submit assembly calculations for all the building components of your home.
Some examples of these are:
- Exterior walls
- Rim Joists