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Minto's "Killarney" net-zero energy model home in Kanata. CEO Brian Johnston said consumers were unwilling to pay a significant mark-up for the houses, which cost an additional $100,000 each to build.
Minto's "Killarney" net-zero energy model home in Kanata. CEO Brian Johnston said consumers were unwilling to pay a significant mark-up for the houses, which cost an additional $100,000 each to build.

Builders urge Ottawa to gradually implement ‘net zero’ building code Add to ...

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Builders who have constructed “net-zero” houses are urging Ottawa to go slow with any proposal to change the building code to require super-energy-efficient buildings to ensure the rising costs don’t add to Canada’s housing affordability problems.

Their warning comes as the federal government is set to announce a series of measures this fall aimed at improving energy efficiency and boosting the use of renewable energy in residential and commercial buildings. Ottawa will announce plans to phase-in changes to the national building code, eventually reaching a “net-zero” standard that would require all new houses to be virtually energy self-sufficient.

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