Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- May 14, 2013 - An over $4 million initiative to construct at least 25 net zero energy homes in four provinces in Canada has been launched with support from the government’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII), Owens Corning Canada and the building industry.

ecoEII will provide $1.96 million in funding for professional services required for the planning, design and construction of the houses. The remaining funds will come from Owens Corning Canada, builders and the building industry in the form of in-kind contributions to fund the construction of the homes.

A net zero energy home employs enhanced energy efficiency design strategies to cost effectively reduce energy needs, while supplementing with renewable energy technologies, with the result that the building consumes equal to or less energy than it produces on an annual basis.

Project funding allows for the focus on affordability and market acceptability of net zero energy housing while moving away from one-off research and development projects. Owens Corning Canada is working with five homebuilders to test the feasibility of developing net zero homes at the community scale. The project will address the challenges of net zero energy in a production housing context.

“We know building net zero homes is technically feasible,” said Andy Goyda, market development manager at Owens Corning Canada. “Our demonstration project on a community scale will increase the market readiness of these technologies, while at the same time lower the up-front cost for consumers.”

Technical design, planning and training processes are already in progress. Construction of the homes is expected to be completed by 2016.