Bad to the Bone…. Rethinking the Building Industry
I have always had a love for modern homes, the clean lines, open spaces and minimalist style. I have owned my home for 6 years now and have been very lucky, as the investment has been excellent. As I look towards the future, I think about developing the land into something more to my taste. In my neighborhood, the typical plan is to tear down and rebuild the property. The city has no design guidelines, so developers will replace a small 1200ft bungalow with a 4000sqft home to maximize revenue. That’s a large home, and the time it takes to tear down and rebuild would require me to move. So I started thinking, there has got to be a better and more efficient way.
Bone Structure homes is a Montreal based home builder that uses modern technology from the aerospace industry to build custom steel framed energy efficient homes. They have a nine step process that guides you from design to construction. Unlike traditional wood and concrete, steel is recyclable and there is very little waste on site due to the precision of Bone Structure construction method. Once the design is complete, your home is built in a factory and then delivered and assembled on site. In addition to the efficiency, other benefits include unlimited design possibilities and unparalleled resistance to natural events, mold and rot.
NET ZERO Energy (NZE). NET ZERO as defined by the California Energy Commission is a building for which the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable energy sources is equal to the amount of energy used by the building over the course of one year. That means that your home will produce all the energy it needs, and your costs will be $0. How? By energy efficient design.
So, will your next home be NET ZERO?
Did you know?
The California Energy Commission has a stated goal of requiring all residential buildings to be Net Zero Energy by 2020 and all commercial buildings by 2030. Similar targets are in place for the province of Ontario, Canada and the city of Vancouver, B.C., requiring all new residential buildings to be Net Zero Energy by 2030.
The building/construction/renovation industry is one of the world’s largest contributors of waste, and nearly 50% of waste in landfills comes from construction.