Nestled near the North Saskatchewan River in southwest Edmonton, the community of ONE at Keswick has all the amenities you would expect in a well-developed neighbourhood – from shopping to parks to recreation – with a bonus option for the environmentally conscious.
Beaverbrook Communities has designed ONE at Keswick using modern architectural stylings, which provide a unique identity for the community. As well, the developer has invested in creating lots that are net zero-ready, either now or sometime in the future.
Katrina Rowe, Project Manager for ONE at Keswick and General Manager of Beaverbrook Communities thinks that for a lot of young people, having a home that reflects their ideology is a big draw. “The ONE at Keswick buyer is more cognizant of the impact on the environment and rising costs of living,” she says. “It is something a lot of people have been asking about.”
Power to the lots has been boosted to 150 amps from the typical 100 amps to support the extra electric service you need to run solar panels. If the buyer is interested in increasing energy efficiency when they build, they are able to with state-of-the-art heating and hot water systems.
“Basically the idea behind net zero is you create as much energy as you consume,” says Rowe. “To prepare for what may be more rigid building codes, and to continue to innovate for future homebuyers we wanted to provide lots that give the option to build net zero homes.”
Building net zero homes has become much easier than when they first came on the market. The homebuilders combine traditional technology with new solar technology to make it more affordable. The mechanical systems are designed to be as simple as possible so the average person can live hassle free.
“One of the misconceptions is that people think it’s complicated,” says Tara-Lynn Blum, who works with Landmark Homes in designing net zero homes and is also a net zero homeowner. “But the affordable net zero product in ONE at Keswick is simple, it’s easy, it’s manageable, and it’s not that expensive. It’s attainable.”
ONE at Keswick features open, flexible floor plans which let home buyers customize the home’s functionality. The community boasts a great location with two future school sites and quick access to Anthony Henday Drive.
You can see ONE at Keswick’s net zero showhome at 2109 Koshal Way. For more details visit oneatkeswick.ca
Original article written by GREG DONNELLY, POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS