Built Green Homes is a Canadian program to train Green Builders and certify their high efficiency buildings. It uses advanced building science to improve a construction standard that is higher than a Code-built home. Consumers are demanding homes that are more comfortable, healthy, and environmentally-friendly than a Code home.
SunPump Earns 14 Points For Built Green Homes
By including SunPump in Built Green Homes, the Builder receives 5 points as a Geothermal or Air Source Heat Pump, 1 point for a DC ECM variable speed motor, plus 8 points as a solar water heater for a total up to 14 points. It only takes 15 points in total to move up from Bronze to Gold or Gold to Platinum, achieved easily with SunPump plus pipe insulation for the 15th point.
BUILT GREEN® Single Family Checklist
SunPump earns points by providing these functions:
- 1.2.3 Install a ground/water (minimum COP of 4 or SEER 15) or air source (min COP of 2 or SEER 15) heat pump for heating and cooling. A backup/secondary heating source may be awarded points under other items in this section.
- 1.2.5 Install HVAC appliance with variable speed fan (i.e. brushless DC Electrically Commutated Motors: ECM) (1 point).
- 1.4.2 Install active solar hot water heating system, sized for 30% of DHW load (5 points), 50% (6 points), or 80% (8 points). Pending.
Benefits To Owners – Increased Property Value
The benefits of BUILT GREEN® homes for home buyers–a healthier, more durable home with a lower environmental impact. Additionally these better than code homes are affordable with little price increase and lots of reduction in monthly operating costs, rebates, and more. The icing on the cake is a $4000 per kW of solar energy added to the property value. A 10kW SunPump adds $40,000 to the home’s value – instant equity.