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Family Will Live Greener in Brampton's Greenest Retrofit Home

May 23, 2012

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(TORONTO, May 23, 2012) - Brampton homeowners Paul Gay, Marisa Mancuso are living their dreams of an eco-friendly lifestyle and becoming green champions in their community, with the completion of the Green Home Makeover, unveiled today in an official ribbon cutting event. The makeover transformed their 30 year old home at 71 Turtlecreek Blvd. into Brampton's greenest retrofitted home and demonstrates how small changes inside and outside the home can make a big environmental impact. The home was selected from 10 applications to receive a Green Home Makeover, as part of the Sustainable Neighborhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) being developed for this neighbourhood by Toronto and Region Conservation, and supported by the City of Brampton, Region of Peel, and local residents and businesses.

 

"We are proud to introduce the Green Home Makeover to the Brampton Community and the lessons learned can be used by any homeowner thinking of retrofitting an older home to be more  water and energy efficient, indoor and out," said Gerri Lynn O'Connor, Chair, Toronto and Region Conservation. "Thanks to the support of our many partners, sponsors and donors, this project will demonstrate how homeowners can adapt any one of the green retrofit improvements in their own homes for savings that will be enjoyed for years to come."

The Green Home Makeover includes a high-efficiency HVAC system, improved insulation and weatherization, energy and water efficient appliances, Energy Star windows and doors, ultra low flow toilets, rain barrels, a rain garden, water efficient landscaping for the front yard, permeable driveway and walkway, and other innovative green technologies and products.

As part of the project, the team undertook analysis to help estimate potential future savings.

  • Total energy consumption - approx 50% savings
  • Water consumption - approx 50% savings
  • EnerGuide rating - increase from 58 to 76
  • Improved home comfort and indoor environment
  • Reduced rainwater runoff and improved water quality
  • Attractive landscape and improved biodiversity

 

This analysis included: Ecoenergy audit, blower door test, EnerGuide rating, Hot 2000 simulation software, water savings calculations, product performance estimates and information, and use of NRCan's Energy Cost Calculator. The emerging usage trends coming out of early monitoring and homeowner feedback were also considered. TRCA will monitor the home to evaluate the effectiveness of retrofit elements in enhancing overall house performance.

TRCA will be conducting tours of the home at the Neighbourhood Street Party, Saturday May 26 10 a.m. - 2 pm. on Turtlecreek Blvd, Brampton and on special requests from interested members of the public for two years after the retrofit. 

"This Green Home Makeover has been a learning experience from day one," said Paul Gay, homeowner.  "Not only have we enjoyed watching the transformation of our home, we have truly enjoyed working with everyone involved. It is refreshing to work with people who share a common desire to reduce our impact on the environment. Since the completion of the suggested retrofits, we have noticed improved comfort in our home and a substantial decrease in energy and water consumption. Even the smallest retrofit; such as replacing out dated toilets with new water efficient models has made a remarkable difference. Now that all the improvements have been made, we will be able to monitor the overall savings and we look forward to sharing this information with other interested home owners."

 

The home is part of the SNAP Action Plan which will transform this older neighbourhood to improve the local environment, prepare for climate change and make it a better place to live, work and play. It encourages residents to participate and learn what they can do at home to save water, energy and contribute to a greener community.

The Makeover is made possible through Lead Platinum sponsor Reliance Home Comfort, Platinum sponsor Sears Canada, Gold Sponsor GreenSaver and Silver sponsors Hanson Hardscapes, Flexible RainBarrels, Water Matrix, Sheridan Nurseries, 1-800-Got-Junk, Gro-Bark, Threadleaf, Zander Sod, Landsource Organix, Petrie & Sons Contracting, Tassone Landscape Construction. Other partners include Enbridge Gas Distribution and Hydro One Brampton as well as green building, water and landscape industry associations.

To learn more about the Green Home Makeover or to follow the home's transformation via videos and photos visit: www.sustainableneighbourhoods.ca/makeover

With more than 50 years of experience, TRCA helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for The Living City - where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca

 

 

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Elizabeth Oakley
Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5856
media@trca.on.ca

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