Environmental awards recognize achievements in building healthy homes – Advice Eating

These three builders are moving the scale towards net-zero homes that are energy conscious and better to live in

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Consider them part of Edmonton’s growing green team.

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Three local builders – Habitat Studio, Jayman Built and Landmark Homes – were honored for their environmental commitments at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Edmonton Region’s recent gala celebrating the 2022 Awards of Excellence in Housing.

The awards, held in early April at the downtown Edmonton Convention Center, included a special environmental category recognizing Habitat Studio as Best Single Family – Small Volume Builder, Jayman Built as Best Single Family – Large Volume Builder and Landmark Homes as Best Multi became family farmers.

Around 1,100 people took part in the face-to-face event. The two previous award ceremonies were held virtually due to the pandemic.

Near-zero home by Habitat Studio in Crestwood.
Near-zero home by Habitat Studio in Crestwood. Photo of delivered /mail media

repeat performance

Habitat Studio is no stranger to the CHBA-ER environmental award.

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“We’ve won this award virtually every year since its inception, but it’s still an honor to make it as a finalist because there are a number of great companies in Edmonton doing great work,” said Trevor Hoover, Partner and Principal Habitat designers.

“Every year I get pretty nervous about whether we’ll make it again or not. Our team is working hard to stay one step ahead of the pack, but the pack is catching up.”

Founded in 1992, Habitat Studio has grown into a leader in energy efficiency and sustainability.

“Almost every home we build is net-zero ready, if not net-zero,” Hoover said. “We just completed a home that is completely off-grid and 100 percent self-sufficient. Many of the “net zero” qualities flow into every project we design and build. For example, the direction of the sun plays a huge part in the design and development of any home, along with insulation, airtightness, HVAC systems, etc.”

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Our culture about the home has changed, Hoover added, “and it’s now about the things that you can’t easily change in a home, like insulation, windows and efficient HVAC systems. There are so many things to consider when trying to make a home more energy efficient,” he said.

Habitat works primarily with infill houses and handles a range of surfaces.

“Winning this award adds a little momentum to our stride,” Hoover said. “It reminds us of what we love to do and that we’re doing a good job.”

Charlotte show home in Charlesworth, Edmonton demonstrates Jayman Built's Quantum Performance Ultra E-Home achieving Net Zero certification.
Charlotte show home in Charlesworth, Edmonton demonstrates Jayman Built’s Quantum Performance Ultra E-Home achieving Net Zero certification. Photo of delivered /mail media

core values

For Jayman Built, environmental responsibility is exactly what it does, said Charles Fay.

“We don’t build this way just to win awards, we build this way because it’s the right thing to do and it’s part of our core values,” said Fay, vice president of Jayman Built Edmonton. “However, it is wonderful to be recognized for what we do every day and we are very proud to receive this award.”

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Environmental responsibility and energy efficient innovation have become part of Jayman’s DNA, Fay noted.

“We’ve been leaders in the industry since 2005 when we were the first contractor to bring Built Green to Canada,” he said. “Since 2019, we’ve made great strides in the energy efficient inclusions in our homes — which are standard — from solar panels to our Net Zero Ready and Net Zero Certified homes. We are also pioneers when it comes to heating and cooling pumps as part of the mechanics.”

Also since 2019, Jayman has installed more than 3.38 megawatts of solar energy in 1,656 homes and saved more than 2,119 tons of CO2 emissions. If these plates were in a single place, they would cover nine acres.

“This is the largest residential solar installation in Canada,” Fay said. “We ensure our materials are recycled, we source local products and only install low-flow faucets in our homes. Each home built by Jayman saves 3.34 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.”

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Jayman builds in 13 communities in the greater Edmonton area.

Landmark Homes does the initial construction of its homes in a factory and then ships the parts to the final site.  This provides more comfortable working conditions, saves on transportation costs and shortens the weather that affects construction quality and schedule.
Landmark Homes does the initial construction of its homes in a factory and then ships the parts to the final site. This provides more comfortable working conditions, saves on transportation costs and shortens the weather that affects construction quality and schedule. Photo of delivered /mail media

Multiple wins

Humbled and honored, that’s how Landmark Homes feels after winning the 2022 Environmental Award.

“Reza Nasseri, Founder and CEO of Landmark Homes, is deeply committed to the environment, he has put so much effort and investment into sustainability practices,” said Moheb Habashy, Landmark Marketing Manager. “Winning this award means a lot to us, and our commitment to the environment is fundamental to our identity and our corporate beliefs.”

Landmark, which builds its homes in an air-conditioned facility in the city, points to the following practices that help significantly to protect the environment: Building homes off-site to reduce carbon footprint and waste – it reduces the Construction vehicle rides significantly says — building with computers and robotic arms and using engineered wood, which Landmark says goes a long way toward saving trees.

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Meanwhile, Landmark equips its homes with a Hi-Velocity system (instead of a traditional stove), which uses less energy than a traditional stove and provides healthier, cleaner air.

“We’re also a Built Green-certified home builder, which means we use products and materials that meet building standards to create eco-friendly homes,” Habashy said, adding that recognizing the award is a drive and motivation which is driving Landmark to reach new heights when it comes to green building.

Landmark Homes won the 2020 Large Volume Builder and 2021 and 2022 Multi-Family Builder awards.

Landmark is building at Aster, Chappelle Gardens, Creekwood Chappelle, Desrochers Villages, Glenridding Ravine, Larch Park, One at Keswick, Rosewood at Secord, Rivers Edge, Saxony Glen and Walker Summit.

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