SOURCE: Reid's Heritage Homes

Reid's Heritage Homes

September 23, 2015 16:22 ET

Guelph Net Zero Energy Home Opens Doors to Great Public Interest

GUELPH, ON--(Marketwired - September 23, 2015) - Over 400 members of the public showed up at builder Reid's Heritage Homes' grand opening for its newly constructed Net Zero Energy Home this past weekend.

The Net Zero Discovery Home is the first to be completed as part of a national demonstration project to prove that Net Zero homes can be built on a community-level scale. The goal is to make Net Zero Energy homes -- which can produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis -- fully accessible and affordable to all Canadians.

Reid's Heritage Homes is building five homes as part of this project. Overall, five builders were selected to participate in the national project that will see the construction of at least 25 Net Zero Energy homes in four provinces -- Nova Scotia, Québec, Alberta, and Ontario. This total will almost double the amount of Net Zero Energy homes currently in Canada. The project is funded in part by the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII), with contributions from each participating builder, industry suppliers and Owens Corning Canada.

Reid's Heritage Homes' first five Net Zero homes are being built in the builder's signature family community of Westminster Woods, located in Guelph, Ontario.

Despite the unpredictable weather, the turnout remained impressive throughout the day with line ups forming at the beginning of the day, due to maximum capacity within the home.

Innovative features of the Net Zero Discovery Home include: advanced heating and cooling capabilities, with a modulated delivery system and floor zoning, provided by Mitsubishi Electric; insulated and airtight design providing an advanced envelope style made possible by the Owens Corning CodeBord Air Barrier system, which significantly reduces air leakage of the home, and triple pane windows by JELD-WEN Windows, for enhanced comfort and insulation while providing noise reduction.

Guests were also enthusiastic to test drive one of two Teslas at the event. Two Tesla representatives were on site to offer information and test drives, and promote the electric vehicles which can be charged using the charger inside the Net Zero Discovery Home garage.

Many visitors were excited to learn that Reid's Heritage Homes' second Net Zero home was recently listed for sale. Those interested can view the listing at The home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and offers 1,775 square feet of living space.

To learn more about Reid's Heritage Homes' involvement in the ecoEII Net Zero project, visit

To book a tour of the Net Zero Discovery Home, visit the Westminster Woods Sales Centre at 98 Farley Drive, Guelph Ontario.

Sales Centre & Design Studio Hours
Monday-Wednesday 2 pm-7 pm
Saturday-Sunday 12 pm-5 pm

Those wanting a tour outside of office hours can contact Debbie O'Krafka, New Home Sales Consultant via email at or by phone at 1-519-265-0826.

About Reid's Heritage Homes
A modern approach to traditional homebuilding. Built on a solid reputation of quality, integrity and service, Reid's Heritage Homes is one of Ontario's leading builders, with a history of homebuilding that dates back to 1947. The same enduring values that motivated our founder, Orin Reid, inspire our many diverse communities today. Our commitment to these values applies across the Reid's Heritage Homes' family of companies, including Williamsburg Homes with a community in Kitchener, and Sherwood Homes, with communities in Collingwood.

About Owens Corning
Owens Corning develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company's market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable. Ultimately, Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning employs about 15,000 people in 26 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 61 consecutive years. For more information, please visit

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