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Introducing Homes to Zero: Building Sustainable Homes for a Better Future

Updated: Dec 23, 2023

Our Story

As the adage goes, home is where the heart is. We spend most of our lives in our homes; it's the place where we seek refuge after a long day, where we spend time with loved ones, and where we create memories that last a lifetime. Our homes affect our lives, but they also affect the environment. Buildings, including family homes, are responsible for nearly 40 per cent of global greenhouse emissions, and with the climate crisis escalating, we must take action.

What if your home could be more than just a place to live and learn? What if it could reflect your values and commitment to a better future for our planet? That's the vision behind Homes to Zero, an innovative approach that helps homeowners do their part in the fight against climate change. Our purpose is clear: to help people turn their homes into comfortable, Net Zero havens that prioritize sustainability and low impact living. Our dedicated team of experts are here to guide homeowners through sustainably retrofitting their homes towards lower carbon emissions, while nurturing the unique elements that make a house a home. With the climate crisis escalating, this approach to retrofitting homes is more important than ever – it's time to empower all Canadian homeowners to make a difference.

Helping Homeowners Achieve Net Zero

Making our homes Net Zero is one of the most significant contributions we as individuals can make to help combat climate change. That's why Homes to Zero is assisting Canadian homeowners on their retrofit journey. Homes to Zero is a comprehensive, data-driven platform providing an original and innovative approach to facilitate Canada's transition to Net Zero. The Homes to Zero platform provides homeowners with a Climate Score that benchmarks their home's current state as the first of the 5-step process: Score, Assess, Plan, Implement, Monitor, that guides the journey to Net Zero.

By combining energy efficiency measures and utilizing more sustainable options, homeowners can create homes that produce as much energy as they use – eliminating the need for fossil fuels. However, the transition to Net Zero requires the proper education and resources to support homeowners in making the best decisions for their homes and the environment. Homes to Zero is dedicated to helping Canadians homeowners plan and implement their path to a comfortable and resilient Net Zero home. The plans connect homeowners with the resources and information they need to understand their homes' energy efficiency and GHG performance and make informed decisions when renovating. Whether homeowners are planning on retrofitting at once, or in stages, having a practical and actionable plan means they’ll always be moving towards the Net Zero goal.

Homes to Zero and the Net Zero Architects Network - experts in sustainable home retrofits - are working together to simplify and standardize Net Zero solutions for homes across Canada, allowing the industry to move from the current state of one by one to mass-scale retrofits. The platform will serve all communities – with benefits to rural, remote, and under-resourced areas where in-person support is lacking. The Homes to Zero teams’ goal is to see the over 10 million existing single-family homes in Canada retrofit to Net Zero as quickly and equitably as possible. It's a massive and complex task that will provide extraordinary results for the community and planet!

Join Us on the Journey to Net Zero

Homes to Zero is more than just a platform helping homeowners achieve Net Zero. It’s a philosophy and approach that considers the impact of every material in the home, from the envelope to the walls and roof. By educating and helping homeowners to create homes that are both sustainable and comfortable, Homes to Zero is paving the way for a new era of conscious living.

Are you ready to join the movement and make your home a reflection of your commitment to a better future? Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed and learn more about how you can get involved in the journey to Net Zero. Together, we can combat climate change one home at a time.

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