May 7, 2010
Cambridge, Ontario — Ontario Green Home, the first home in the Waterloo Region that is registered in the LEED® - Canada for Homes Program features three electric fireplaces supplied by Dimplex North America Limited. The product of a collaboration between developer Williamsburg Homes and on-line green building directory OntarioGreenSpec.ca, the Ontario Green Home demonstrates how modern materials, technologies, and building techniques can produce a healthier, more energy efficient home. The project, which was unveiled to the public in April, is designed to stimulate green practices in homebuilding and renovating.
The house is a model production home, so potential buyers may purchase a home, selecting from a menu of green options that suit their needs. The selections include energy and water conservation packages and renewable energy choices, all at remarkably economical prices. According to Derek Satnik, Director of OntarioGreenSpec.ca, “Dimplex electric fireplaces help qualify two LEED® points under credit EQ2, in recognition of not using combustion to create their flame or heat. LEED® sees Dimplex electric fireplaces as equivalent (from an air quality perspective) to not having fireplaces at all: they provide all the benefits of heat and a comforting flame, without the air quality concerns.”
The three Dimplex electric fireplaces chosen for the project, a BF39DXP built-in unit, a Marana Media Console and a Convex Wall-mount electric fireplace, lend atmosphere and character to any room and let users enjoy the ambiance of a fire while using only a fraction of the energy consumed by gas fireplaces. With the heater on, Dimplex electric fireplaces can take the chill off a room and may be used to save energy as part of a zone heating strategy. Electric fireplaces are 100% efficient; no energy is wasted by a standing pilot or combustion losses. Because electric fireplaces do not use combustion to produce their flame, they create no emissions, moisture or carbon monoxide and are suitable for multiple installations in any home. Since the heater and the flame are controlled separately, the flame can be enjoyed for hours without fear of overheating the room.
“We’re very happy to be participating in this project,” says Martyn Champ, President of Dimplex North America. “This initiative shows that our fireplaces can play a major role in helping builders and home owners achieve an energy-efficient, healthy environment without sacrificing the ability to relax in front of a fire.”
The Ontario Green Home has been built as part of OntarioGreenSpec.ca’s Home Sweet Home Competition. This initiative acknowledges green building accomplishments in various types of housing, including renovated homes, custom homes and affordable homes. The Ontario Green Home fits into the category of production home, so it may have a significant impact on the environment as home purchasers select green option bundles to suit their needs. The home, a 2,755 sq. ft. Islington model, is Energy Star® qualified and Solar Ready as well as being LEED® Platinum registered. Homeowners are expected to save up to $900 per year in utility costs and contribute to a smaller carbon footprint.
For more information visit www.ontariogreenhome.com
Dimplex North America Limited, headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario is North America’s leading manufacturer/marketer of electric fireplaces and is a division of the Glen Dimplex Group of Ireland. The Glen Dimplex Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric heating products, having demonstrated outstanding innovation, quality and customer service for more than 35 years.« Back