Man­dala Homes has set a new prece­dent for green home building.
(article Vancouver Sun, May 2012)

Energy Star qual­i­fied new homes are designed to be approx­i­mately 25 per cent more energy effi­cient than those built to min­i­mum provin­cial build­ing codes.

“We’ve always been com­mit­ted to build­ing homes that peo­ple will feel good liv­ing in. The Energy Star ini­tia­tive is a great way for us to show that our homes are bet­ter for the envi­ron­ment, more com­fort­able to live in, and cost less to oper­ate than homes built to min­i­mum stan­dards,” said Lars Chose, pres­i­dent of Man­dala Homes.

The Energy Star ini­tia­tive is admin­is­tered and pro­moted in Canada by Nat­ural Resources Canada, a fed­eral gov­ern­ment agency.

“Peo­ple are used to look­ing for the Energy Star sym­bol when pur­chas­ing things like com­put­ers and wash­ing machines, and now in B.C. home­buy­ers can look for Energy Star qual­i­fied homes as well,” said Peter Sund­berg, exec­u­tive direc­tor of City Green Solu­tions, a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing expert energy effi­ciency assis­tance to builders and third party test­ing for the Energy Star for New Homes initiative.

“Our home includes many energy sav­ing fea­tures, includ­ing a high-performance build­ing enve­lope with R66ceil­ing insu­la­tion and R34 wall insu­la­tion, a domes­tic hot water sys­tem that is three times as effi­cient as a stan­dard sys­tem, a heat recov­ery ven­ti­la­tor for fresh air with min­i­mal heat loss and mul­ti­ple Energy Star prod­ucts, includ­ing win­dows and lights,” said Chose