Busy day in Guelph

March 30, 2011

Making a Difference

Three great announcements today.

1.  Owens Corning, in partnership with Sloot Construction Ltd. hosted the final Blower Door Test on the Rotary Dream Home.  The home, which sets a new standard for energy efficient homes across Canada, and which will exceed even the stringent Energy Star efficiency requirements,  was tested to show exactly why the new homeowner will start saving approximately $60-100 dollars per month in energy bills the moment they move in.  Once again, Guelph home builders are leading the way in innovative home building.

  • The first Blower Door test, conducted at the framing stage in December 2010, exceeded the same quality of air-tightness that Canadian-mandated building codes require at the pre-delivery stage (ie housing completed stage). The home tested at 0.97 ACH@50Pa at the framing stage while even Energy Star Homes are only coming in at 2.5 ACH@50Pa at the pre delivery stage. This is in part due to the air tight barrier system of Owens Corning’s CodeBoard Air Barrier system to maximize the energy efficiency of the home and help cut down on energy bills.

2.  Our two largest employers – Linamar and the University of Guelph – announced a unique partnership to support engineering education and training.  The $1 million leadership gift for the Linamar Engineering Design Scholarships will support 10 entrance scholarships worth $2500 each (5 students coming from high schools and five students entering through the Pathways Program in perpetuity – a great legacy and important support for the University of Guelph’s BetterPlanet Project.

3.  The 1mile2 project will be launched tonight along with Guelph Creates.  More on this in a follow up post.

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