Green Neighbourhood Opens First Show Homes
September 06, 2013
A more environmentally sustainable home can also be beautiful if the show homes in the new Oxford subdivision are anything to go by. The show homes were officially opened by Mayor Mandel on September 6, 2013.
Oxford, in northwest Edmonton, is the first large subdivision where the City of Edmonton set environmental standards that apply to every home.
Each Oxford home must achieve at least an EnerGuide 78 rating. Most new homes built in Alberta today meet an EnerGuide rating of between 65 and 72. The builder partners in Oxford must achieve a BuiltGreen silver rating as well as EnerGuide 78.
EnerGuide is a rating of the home’s energy consumption and efficiency while BuiltGreen promotes water conservation, waste diversion and proper resource management, including reducing materials and using sustainable products during the construction of a home.
The City of Edmonton sold lots in Oxford in a draw in November 2012. About half of the lots were sold to the public, while remaining lots are being sold through four local BuiltGreen certified builders. It is their show homes that are now available for viewing.
“Oxford is exciting because it offers new housing opportunities for Edmontonians and demonstrates that more environmentally sustainable homes can be built without giving up the extra features we all love,” says Mayor Stephen Mandel. “The people who will someday live in Oxford will also have the added pleasure of lower utility bills and more comfortable homes.”
Four builders are constructing the Oxford showhomes: Imagine Built Homes, Vivid Homes, Encore Master Builder and Park Royal Homes.
Oxford will contain a variety of housing styles from single family to duplex and homes with secondary suites. The homebuilders in Oxford can access Cornerstones grants to help construct the secondary suites while the Office of Environment is offering a grant for those who construct homes that achieve EnerGuide 80 or better.
With the success of Oxford, the City’s Corporate Properties Branch now intends to require environmental standards on homes and businesses built on all land it sells.
“We hope that other developers will follow the Oxford example and all new Edmonton neighbourhoods will strive for higher environmental efficiency,” says Bill Covey, Director of Property Sales.
For more information on Oxford visit www.edmonton.ca/oxfordlandsales.
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