Saskatchewan sees first Built Green community
October 6, 2017
Saskatchewan’s first Built Green community will be the Autumn Ridge Estates subdivision in Regina by Dakine Home Builders.
Dakine launched the sale of 42 lots this summer, with the provision that the homes built in the community be certified through Built Green Canada.In parallel with the release of these lots, the Government of Saskatchewan is scheduled to adopt 9.36 of the building code in the coming months. This will be the first time the code addresses energy efficiency in Saskatchewan, which means all builders will have energy efficient requirements they must meet.Built Green’s programs are complementary to the incoming code as they include energy efficiency—integrating Natural Resources Canada’s EnerGuide label—and the preservation of natural resources, reduction of pollution, ventilation and air quality.
“The convergence of this development with the incoming 9.36 shows the leadership coming from within the industry putting builders ahead of regulation,” said Jenifer Christenson, chief executive officer of Built Green Canada.
Todd Bodnar of Dakine Home Builders was the first builder in the province to certify as Built Green. Builders purchasing lots will receive a $1,000 rebate toward their certification through the developer, while Built Green Canada will waive training fees for the builder and work alongside those building homes in the community to ensure their successful certification.
As well, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. and Genworth Canada offer mortgage insurance rebates of 15 per cent on Built Green certified homes, Christenson noted.