Mid­town’s green home of the fu­ture

Richmond Hill Post - - Homes -

The fu­ture of en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly homes has ar­rived in Toronto. Lo­cal firm Probuilt De­sign + Build has cre­ated one of the most en­ergy-ef­fi­cient homes in the city, which will be built in the Allen Road and Eglin­ton Av­enue area for a Toronto cou­ple. Probuilt says the 2,700-square-foot bungalow is built 50 per cent bet­ter than code and will re­duce green­house gas emis­sions.

The home, which costs be­tween $1.2 and $1.6 mil­lion, fea­tures liv­ing walls, backs up its own elec­tric­ity and can re­use the heat from a hot shower to warm in­com­ing cold wa­ter. There is also a zen gar­den with a fire pit and a place to med­i­tate and prac­tice Tai Chi. The full home was on dis­play at the Na­tional Home Show and will be taken apart and re­assem­bled at the site.

ON DIS­PLAY A model of the en­ergy-ef­fi­cient home was at the Na­tional Home Show in March.

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