Manitoba's First Energy-Efficient Neighbourhood

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"To me a Power Smart house should be a way of life," says Randy Douglas of Stefan Homes. "Responsibility for energy saving is something all Canadians should have." "A Power Smart home is almost like buying an insurance policy," says Anna Stangherlin, marketing specialist for Manitoba Hydro's Power Smart New Home Program. "You are protecting yourself from rising costs." "Each house has to have a... (see full summary)

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New Selkirk development will only offer houses that meet Manitoba's Power Smart building standards

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WITH the rising costs of energy these days, an innovative new housing development in Selkirk is bound to have some widespread appeal.

Creekside Properties is a brand new residential community that will only offer homes that meet Manitoba Hydro's Power Smart or Power Smart R-2000 building standards. Created by River Stone Developments, in partnership with Manitoba Hydro, Creekside Properties will be Manitoba's first energy-efficient neighbourhood.

Although the community was officially launched with a groundbreaking ceremony just last Wednesday, show homes are already under construction at Creekside Properties. Set on 23 acres, the development will include a total of 72 fully-serviced, residential lots.

Three custom builders have been selected to participate in the project and build new homes in the novel development -- Irwin Homes, Milne Homes and Stefan Homes. All three builders are experienced Power Smart and R-200 builders and will incorporate cost-effective, cold weather building technologies in their designs to allow home owners to save money on operating costs each month.

"To me a Power Smart house should be a way of life," says Randy Douglas of Stefan Homes. "Responsibility for energy saving is something all Canadians should have."

Installing an HRV, or heat recovery ventilator, is just one of the ways a Power Smart home can make a difference in people's energy bills, notes Douglas. The HRV recycles air in the house to keep a fresh, clean atmosphere in the home, while keeping fuel bills down.

"Power Smart is coming on board by the hour," he says. "Everybody knows the escalating costs of energy these days."

And the economics are there to show that people are guaranteed to save money by building a Power Smart house, Douglas adds.

"If you borrow money on a mortgage to build a Power Smart house, you will end up putting money in your pocket," he says. "The savings would add up to more than what you would pay."

According to Manitoba Hydro, people who buy a house built to Power Smart standards are guaranteed to save roughly 25 per cent of their operating costs due to energy efficiency. With rising energy costs, Manitoba Hydro says building Power Smart is a long-term investment.

"A Power Smart home is almost like buying an insurance policy," says Anna Stangherlin, marketing specialist for Manitoba Hydro's Power Smart New Home Program....

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