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Dalron, Union Gas unveil the home of tomorrow

By: Vicki Gilhula

 | Nov 18, 2013 - 4:13 PM |
At the opening of the Dalron-built Optimum Home are Meghan Otto (Dalron), Jeff Hodgins (Union Gas), Dave Arnold (vice-president Dalron), Mayor Marianne Matichuk, Tex McLeod (Optimum Home Program) and Marissa Arnold (Dalron). Photo By Marg Seregelyi.

At the opening of the Dalron-built Optimum Home are Meghan Otto (Dalron), Jeff Hodgins (Union Gas), Dave Arnold (vice-president Dalron), Mayor Marianne Matichuk, Tex McLeod (Optimum Home Program) and Marissa Arnold (Dalron). Photo By Marg Seregelyi.

'High-performance' house is 20% more efficient than standard homes

While it looks like a contemporary home, the Dalron-built home at 24 Cabernet Crt. in the city's South End, is actually the home of tomorrow.

The “high-performance” home, built using Union Gas' Optimum Home Program, is 20 per cent more energy efficient than homes built to meet the current Ontario Building Code standards, and considerably more energy efficient than homes built in the 1990s.

People are invited to see the rambling, three-level, 2,563-square-foot home in the Vintage Green subdivision off Algonquin Road during the open house held on the next four Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.

The grand opening was held Monday and attended by Mayor Marianne Matichuk and other dignitaries.

It was important the home be affordable and the additional costs for using state-of-the-art energy efficiency be offset by heating, hydro and water savings, explained Dave Arnold, vice-president of Dalron.

“The money saved on energy costs can be put towards the mortgage, taking years off the repayment schedule,” he said.

The home will also be more sustainable and more comfortable to live in with less drafts and cold spots. It's Energy Star rating should also ensure its re-sell value and deliver a substantial return on investment.

Union Gas invited Dalron to build the only Optimum Home in Northern Ontario. There are another 10 or 11 being built in other parts of the province.

The four-bedroom home, which is listed at $649,900, has thicker ceiling and wall insulation, high-performance triple-glazed windows, a two-stage furnace and a energy-efficient hot-water tank.

The Ontario Government wants all new houses constructed in 2017 to consume 50 per cent less energy than homes built before 2006.

The home has been furnished for display purposes by McQueen's Furniture and decorated by Naked Home Staging.

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