Living in an Edmonton Energy Efficient Homes
What is a Net Zero Home
Net Zero Homes produce as much clean energy as they consume. They are up to 80% more energy-efficient than typical homes and use renewable energy systems to produce the remaining energy they need. Every part of the house works together to provide consistent temperatures throughout, prevent drafts, and filter indoor air to reduce dust and allergens. The result: exceptional energy performance and the ultimate in comfort – a home at the forefront of sustainability. It all adds up to a better living experience.
Why choose a Net Zero Home?
With a Net Zero Home, your utility bills will fall to an all-time low and stay low all year round, protects you from future increases in energy prices, and over time, that could be a very big deal. Net Zero Homes are built to higher standards than conventional new homes with high performance, warm windows, and better-insulated walls and roofs. Net Zero Home produces as much energy as it consumes and is up to 80% more energy-efficient than a home built to conventional standards with a built-in filtered fresh air system that reduces allergens and asthma triggers, such as dust, pollen, and outdoor air pollution.
Parts of a Net Zero Home
- If you improve your home’s overall lighting by installing larger windows and skylights, getting rid of the heavy drapes or curtains altogether, and painting the interior with brighter colors, it will make your home brighter and reduce the need of using electrical bulbs.
Types of Windows
- Most of the heat loss in a building escapes through the windows. With this in mind, good windows are critical in a Net Zero Energy home. Triple pane windows with a Low-E film, Argon insulating gas, and insulating spacers between panes are a good choice. In a northern climate, the glazing should be optimized to encourage solar energy to flow into the home while insulating to reduce heat loss to the outdoors. High-quality frames with certified sealing systems are recommended.
- Solar-electric systems use photovoltaic modules to generate electricity. The arrays can be grid-tied, meaning that the home will provide energy to the electrical grid during the day, while drawing from the electrical grid during the evenings or when the home needs more energy than can be generated. These Solar photovoltaic systems can also be connected to batteries to store excess energy. This opens up the opportunity to disconnect from the electric grid and eliminates the costs of line service charges from utility companies.
- South-facing windows allow more energy from the sun to be absorbed by the thermal mass of the concrete floor. This thermal mass gathers the heat energy in the daytime, releasing it in the nighttime hours. South-facing backyards in Edmonton have always been a hot item, now they are in more of a demand with Net Zero Energy homes.
- There are several insulation products used to insulate the Net Zero Energy homes. A few of them are the expanded polystyrene which is often used under the concrete floor in the basement. A combination of insulation materials contributes to a well-insulated Net Zero Energy home. Some of these materials are wall-time spray foam, compressed cellulose which is made predominantly from post-consumer recycled paper, and glass fiber batt insulation.
- Geothermal heating is a Ground Source Heat Pump or a GSHP and requires a higher initial investment, but with proper engineering and the right soil conditions, it can run at approximately 250% efficiency leading to long-term energy savings.
Air Source Heat Pump
- An air-source heat pump is a heating option used in Net Zero Energy homes which are designed for cold weather climates like here in Edmonton Alberta. Efficiencies range from 100%-400% depending on the outdoor temperature. The Belgravia Green home in Edmonton is an example of a Net Zero Energy home heated by an air source heat pump.
- High efficient heat recovery ventilators or HRV are also very important in a Net Zero Energy home that uses low electricity due to its commutated motors. These units provide fresh air by exchanging stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. This allows the home to be both extremely energy efficient and a healthy environment.
- Replace household appliances that can drain a lot of power by choosing energy-star-rated ones, replace water wasters with low flush toilets and low flow showerheads & faucets and replace bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs.
Where to find an energy-efficient home in Edmonton
Most new builds in Edmonton are now energy-efficient homes which have arose from high demand in our city. The Blatchford community is an up-and-coming community near the downtown core that focuses on the environment and saving our natural resources. There are also several homes in both the University and Bonnie Doon areas where special attention has been given to mature houses making these homes net zero properties.
If you own a net-zero or energy-efficient home in Edmonton and would like to sell, please contact us. We have buyers waiting for houses like yours.
Welcome to our Griesbach Edmonton Townhouses
Griesbach is unlike any other north Edmonton community and townhouses here have a style all their own. Griesbach townhouses and row home complexes include the Griesbach Woods, Victory Lane, Juno Townhomes, Neptune Townhomes, Terraces, and Brigades of Griesbach. There is also another Griesbach townhouse complex on Sir Arthur Currie Way that does not currently have a name.
To learn more about the history and development of Griesbach Edmonton - click here or view all of our Griesbach homes for sale. For a professional in-home market evaluation on your Griebach Edmonton home, contact us or call direct and ask for Audrey Abuan, Edmonton's military relocation specials at 780-910-5179.
The Brigades Of Griesbach
The Brigades Of Griesbach on Veterans Way was once a prestigious adult 45+ complex. The Brigades Of Griesbach was built by Coventry Homes and featuring silent neighbor wall systems. These north Edmonton's most popular Griesbach home styles are the Bryce Model duplex bungalows and the Columbia Model 2 Storey Split level.
Every Brigade Of Griesbach home is unique in its own way from formal front living rooms, gleaming, hardwood flooring, inviting front porches, finished and unfinished basements, attached and detached garages plus different square footage in each of these Griesbach homes.
Located in the Canadian award-winning community of Griesbach, Juno Townhomes are nestled amongst beautiful tree-lined streets at 2560 Pegasus Boulevard. Many of these Griesbach Edmonton homes overlook the park giving you a beautiful, relaxing view. Juno Townhomes have a noteworthy fiber cement exterior facade and are a mix of two and three-story townhouses. Some of the units have exterior parking stalls while others have garages.
Griesbach Woods homes are located on Gault Boulevard, 98 NW and Kapyong Avenue, Colonel Stone Avenue, and Kerr Road in the Griesbach north Edmonton community. They are close to the lake, walking trails, and boutique shops. Pets are allowed in this Griesbach condo complex with the board's approval.
Griesbach Woods homes are unique inside and out. The exterior of these condos ranges from light neutral Vinyl siding with bright red exterior doors to brick frontages with dark green finishings. Homes at Griesbach Woods are gorgeous and immaculate executive 3 story townhouses with high energy efficiency windows and double detached garages built by award-winning builders.
Several Griesbach Woods homes are Georgian inspired full brick townhomes boasting active dormer windows, spacious interiors & private backyards with full fencing & concrete patios, enhanced with 9ft main floor knock down ceilings, hardwood, ceramic tile, granite kitchen countertops, under-cabinet lighting, tile backsplash, and vaulted ceiling in loft primary bedrooms.
Terraces of Griesbach
Terraces of Griesbach homes are located at 4321 & 4367 Veterans Way, McCrae Avenue, and Valour Way in Griesbach Edmonton and are almost 2000 square feet above grade. Terraces of Griesbach homes were constructed using a silent neighbor wall system which assures a superb sound barrier between units that were strategically built between 2006 and 2012 and offer 9 feet ceilings tankless hot water tanks.
These executive-style townhouses with double detached garages feature huge primary bedrooms, gourmet kitchens accented wonderfully with walnut-colored cabinetry, and a downtown view near local restaurants & coffee shops, and shopping. These north Edmonton homes are also steps away from the Griesbach community garden!
Neptune Townhomes are situated at 1636 Kerr Road and 1079 Gault BV. These great recently built Griesbach homes are also 3 story townhouses offering a turn-key lifestyle with low condo fees & maintenance-free living. The exterior of the Neptune Townhouse allows space for entertaining, grilling and also comes with your own single detached garage!
Victory Lane condominiums are a mix of duplexes and townhouses with a traditional concept. They are located on Pegasus Boulevard in Griesbach Edmonton. The former Victory Lane show suite is handicapped accessible and has lots of upgrades including central air, granite countertops, a large kitchen with cabinets to ceiling, lovely tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, a nice open plan, and a chair lift to get to the second floor. The backyard features a deck and wheelchair ramp from the house to the garage.
Living in Griesbach Edmonton
Griesbach homes are situated on the former site of the Canadian Forces Base in north Edmonton which has now won the best community award on the local (CHBA Edmonton Region), provincial (BILD Alberta), and national levels. Congratulations to Griesbach developer Canada Lands for winning “Best New Community” for Griesbach at the national level! Canada Lands has won awards at the local level for the neighborhood, but to be singled out amidst all neighborhoods in Canada at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National Awards for Housing Excellence is an astounding achievement. Congratulations to all residents for making this a beautiful community to live in.
The Griesbach community has an identifiable architectural character that has been established to keep a consistent
image throughout the mix of real estate uses. The theme is communicated through Architectural detail, massing, and color palettes that emphasize a combination of Heritage contemporary design with warm tones and accent colors at specific locations. There is an emphasis on stone or masonry finishes is encouraged on selected building elements. Griesbach has dedicated 26% of its land use to green spaces, retention lakes, and natural habitats.
Throughout the Griesbach community, there are several statues representing our Canadian Military heritage. Learn more about each of these Griesbach statues below:
Major General Griesbach Parade
The Griesbach Edmonton community is named after Major-General William Antrobus Griesbach, a veteran of the First World War, Second World War, and the Boer War. Major General Griesbach stands to watch over the community named in his honor through a statue located on Griesbach Parade and Gault Boulevard. He is depicted riding a horse as he played a key role in establishing a militia cavalry unit based out of Edmonton called The Loyal Edmonton Regiment.
Griesbach was born in Fort Qu'Appelle in the North-West Territories, the son of Henry Arthur Griesbach, a North-West Mounted Police officer who was transferred to command Fort Saskatchewan in 1883. William Griesbach left the rest of the family in 1891 in order to attend St. John's College in Winnipeg. Upon graduating in 1895, he returned to Edmonton and worked in a law firm and the Imperial Bank, then to study law.
Griesbach enlisted with the Canadian Mounted Rifles in 1899 to fight in the Second Boer War. During his service, he was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal and received four bars. Upon his return in 1901, he opened a law office of his own.
Griesbach's first bid for political office took place in the 1903 Edmonton election but was more successful in the 1904 election when he was elected to a one-year term as an alderman to Edmonton's first city council placing eighth. He resigned as alderman one year into his term in order to run for mayor in the 1906 Edmonton election. Griesbach was victorious, collecting more than sixty percent of the votes, becoming the youngest mayor in the city's history.
In 1906, Griesbach was commissioned as a lieutenant in the 19th Alberta Dragoons. He was promoted to captain in 1907. When World War I broke out, the Dragoons volunteered as a unit. In December of that year, Griesbach was promoted to major assigned to command the 49th Battalion. He was able to recruit 1000 men in eight days in January 1915. The unit served in various engagements, including the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Battle of Arras, the Third Battle of Ypres, and the liberation of Mons.
In 1917, Griesbach was promoted to Brigadier-General and assigned command of the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade of the 1st Canadian Division. Griesbach was awarded the Distinguished Service Order twice and the Victorian Decoration for long service and during World War II, Griesbach was made Inspector General of the Canadian Army for Western Canada and was promoted to the rank of Major-General. He retired from that position in 1943.
William Griesbach was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as a Government member for the riding of Edmonton West in the 1917 election, defeating incumbent Laurier Liberal Frank Oliver. He served until 15 September 1921, when he was appointed to the Senate of Canada, which he served until his death.
Patricia Lake & Park
This Griesbach park site was created to honor one of Canada’s most accomplished military regiments – The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. It was created in memory of the almost 2,000 soldiers from (PPCLI) who have given their lives in the service of the regiment over the past 100 years.
On May 8th, 1915 the PPCLI (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) was attacked at Frezenberg and Bellewaerde Ridges. By the end of the final German assault, the Patricia’s were reduced from 554 to four officers and 150 men. The Memorial is a replica of the original monument to the Patricia’s which is located near their heroic stand at Bellewaerde. The original monument includes the inscription “Here 8th May 1915, the originals of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry commanded by their founder Major A Hamilton Gault held firm and counted not the cost.
Canada’s first soldiers died in Afghanistan in April 2002 when a “friendly fire “incident killed four and wounded eight members of the PPCLI. The four trees that surround Patricia Park represent not only the four Edmonton soldiers but all those killed and injured in Afghanistan and are a tribute to their sacrifice and courage.
A time capsule containing regimental artifacts and items of significance is encapsulated in a specifically designed cavity in the Patricia Park Memorial with the intent that it will be retrieved from the memorial and opened on August 10, 2064, on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Regiment. The artifacts represent the first 100 years of the service by the regiment. Also inside are three letters from Pte. Cole Lisowski, Pte. Mark Brushett and Pte. Dylan Renaud, three of the youngest members on active duty with the PPCLI, was given the task and honor of returning to the site 50 years from the unveiling to open the capsule.
The dedication of Patricia Park, in the community of Griesbach, offers Patricia’s and civilian citizens a place to reflect on both the achievements and sacrifices of the PPCLI, with over a thousand names of those Patricias lost because of active duty etched on a wall of honor. “This memorial will pay homage to that same courage and sacrifice of Patricias through the last hundred years and the next hundred years,” said Laurie Hawn, member of parliament representing Edmonton Centre.
In early August 1914 as events that led to the First World War unfolded, Andrew Hamilton Gault (named for the main road in Griesbach) conceived and organized a new military regiment for rapid mobilization to Europe. He spent $100,00 to raise Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry(PPCLI), which was composed entirely of experienced military men. As Major Gault, he becomes second-in-command. Gault was seriously wounded in the Battle of Frezenberg. He was the first Canadian in the war to be awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallantry in the field. Lieutenant-Colonel Gault brought the regiment home as its commanding officer in March 1919 and he proudly led his men on a final parade through the streets of Ottawa. During the Second World War, Gault commanded a Canadian army reinforcement holding unit, and he was promoted to Colonel in 1940 and to Brigadier- General in 1942.
WWII Bailey Bridge
The Baily Bridge located near Kapyong Avenue in Griesbach is a type of portable, pre-fabricated, truss bridge used during WWII for the invasion of Europe by Allied forces. It was primarily designed and created by Canadian military engineers and is credited with much of the invasion's success as it permitted forces to advance rapidly on Nazi positions, despite the enemy's great destruction of regular bridges in France during their retreat.
This replica was constructed by members of the 8th Field Engineer Regiment in 2005 as a project to commemorate Alberta’s Centennial. It was built with “some” original components harvested from Bailey bridges used during the WWII invasion and transported to Canada from France. A Bailey bridge had the advantage of requiring no special tools or heavy equipment to assemble. The wood and steel elements were small and light enough to be carried in trucks and lifted into place by hand, without a crane.
Griesbach Bedford Basin
The Griesbach Edmonton Bedford Basin pays tribute to Canada’s Navy. Bedford Basin is a large enclosed anchorage forming the northwest end of Halifax Harbour in Nova Scotia along Canada’s Atlantic coast. The basin is very deep and the solid holding ground on the basin floor made it an ideal anchorage and protected location for battleships during WWI and WWII.
There are a few more monuments in Griesbach Edmonton. Be sure to stop by and visit this fantastic north Edmonton community.
What classifies as a luxury Edmonton home?
Luxury home prices vary from city to province to state to country. What classifies a home in the luxury market consists of a few variables. Luxury homes are no longer based on price alone. To classify property into the luxury home category, it mush have desired indulgences. A home can be considered "a luxury property" when it offers these features:
- A grand foyer with soaring ceilings to greet your guests.
- Adequate nanny/guest living quarters which are private and away from the main living area.
- Personal conveniences and amenities such as pools, in-home gyms, Imax movie theatres, arcade rooms, wine cellars, decontamination showers, backyard tennis courts, solarium, and game rooms. There are several homes in Edmonton with personal amenities which can be found in Cameron Heights and Glenora.
- State of the art kitchens. With duel ovens, smart refrigerators to keep track of your food items, wine storage, ample counter space, built-in computer screens.
- Technology. Homes controlled with voice activation or the touch of a bottom from anywhere in the world are now one of the must-haves with elite buyers.
- Privacy. Many elite home buyers require privacy, especially media icons who get accosted by paparazzi.
- A prime location. A view is one of the things that make homes fall into the luxury category no matter where you live. It can be an unobstructed view of a mountain, beachfront, or overlooking the sparkling lights of the city. Beachfront properties in Edmonton can be found in Summerside.
- Premier quality, reputable builders and renowned architect. The construction materials, lighting, finishes, appliances, and design all must be a cut above what's considered standard. Dominate renowned Edmonton communities include Griesbach and Windermere.
A luxury home can mean different things to different people. Bottom line, a luxury home is where you can relax and retreat from the rest of the world, enjoying a dwelling that fits your lifestyle. View our Edmonton luxury homes for sale by the district.
Riverbend Edmonton - A Favorite Place to Live
Riverbend is one of the best and favorite places to live in southwest Edmonton. It consists of nine communities. The new part of Riverbend is located on the east side of Terwillegar Drive and includes the communities of Bulyea Heights, Carter Crest, Falconer Heights, Henderson Estates, and Ogilvie Ridge. Old Riverbend is located on the west side of Terwillegar Drive and includes the communities of Brander Gardens, Brookside, Ramsay Heights, and Rhatigan Ridge.
Riverbend is one of the best places to live in southwest Edmonton surrounded by mother nature. It is divided into two parts - Old Riverbend on the west and new Riverbend on the east. Riverbend is located off of Terwillegar drive a few minutes from the University of Alberta.
House prices range from move-up to luxury home prices. Unlike any other district in the city, Riverbend offers its homeowners plenty of mother nature's natural scenic beauty with community walking paths and river valley access all within walking distance. Old Riverbend is well known for the popular footbridge which runs across the river to Edmonton West via walking paths. Learn more about each Riverbend community below.
Rhatigan Ridge was first subdivided in 1980 with various house styles from large luxury homes on spacious lots, especially near the edges of the river valley to a range of more modest executive-style houses. Rhatigan Ridge encompasses the Riverbend community league beside St. Mary Catholic School and features a high point of land with panoramic views south of Riverbend Road. Rhatigan Ridge was named after Thomas Rhatigan, a farmer who was famous for the quality of his wheat and oats and was proclaimed World Oat King at the Royal Winter Fair three times.
Brander Gardens offers more deserve homeownership with plenty of townhouses and apartment condominiums to choose from. When originally built, the majority of these condos were focused on the upper-class and elite. Located in the western portion of Brander Gardens are some of Edmonton's most magnificent properties, originally called Glamorgan. Homeowners here are treated with the proximity to the Fort Edmonton Walking trails and Footbridge which crosses to the Wolf Willow Ravine. Brander Gardens was named in honor of George Brander, who established a peony garden in the Bonnie Doon until the 1940s.
Brookside, nestled away from the rest of Riverbend bounded by Whitemud Creek Ravine North with scenic views of our Downtown. Most houses in Brookside are executive-style homes constructed in the 1970s with above-average-sized lots and mature landscaping. Brookside homeowners enjoy the natural woodland habitat, skiing at the Snow Valley Ski Club and Rainbow Valley Park, access to river valley park trails, and other recreational facilities.
Ramsay Heights is Riverbend's oldest community located in a prime real estate location and features a mix of housing equally split between single-family houses and condominiums. Ramsay Heights offers a high elevation vantage point with panoramic views of Edmonton. A large portion of the detached houses in Ramsay Heights runs along the river Valley on 154 Street and Whitemud Road. There are also a few luxury houses located in the original Glamorgan subdivision adjacent to the river valley. Ramsay Heights was named for Walter Ramsay, a principal at McKay Avenue and Queen Avenue School, then became the cities first commercial florist.
Bulyea Heights offers more walking trails than any other Riverbend community and with the presence of the Whitemud Creek Ravine, which runs the eastern length of Bulyea Heights, is the most striking community. Almost every house in Bulyea Heights is owner-occupied with several of these homes touching the edges of the ravines with more walking trails, natural paths for hiking, and run-off streams from the North Saskatchewan River. Bulyea Heights was named after George Hedley Vicars Bulyea, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta.
Carter Crest is a smaller upper-class Riverbend community that features a combination of single-detached housing, construction prior to the 1990s. There are only a few roads in this community that swirl and curve to limit the negative effects of traffic, maximize land space, and allows its homeowners bigger lots. Carter Crest is within walking distance to the Terwillegar Recreation Center and is named after Robert I. Carter, a Canadian government agent who advised Americans on their immigration prospects in Canada.
Falconer Heights is one of the few Riverbend communities which offer several amenities including a medical center, a library, fast food restaurants, banks, and more located in Riverbend Square. This portion of Riverbend is popular with the aging community and features a fantastic retirement community. There is no school site located within Falconer Heights, but there is a large future school/park site adjacent to Henderson Estates. It was named after James F. Falconer, who was involved in the formation of the Edmonton Names Advisory Committee in the mid-1950s.
The Henderson Estates is nestled between Old Riverbend and Haddow in Terwillegar Heights bounded by the River Valley which runs the length of the community, providing homeowners with excellent access to our greatest natural asset. Due to the natural beauty and breath-taking views, many of these Henderson Estates properties will run into the multi-million dollar price range. Henderson Estates is named after Thomas Henderson, a homesteader in the Riverbend area in the late 19th century who imported Italian honey bees to his farm.
When originally built, Ogilvie Ridge was to be a private, elite, gated community until the city decided, Edmonton against any gated communities. It is bordered by Bulyea Heights, Whitemud Creek ravine, and west by Rabbit Hill. Ogilvie Ridge features a natural topography with an integration of the North Saskatchewan River Valley ravine system defining this community. Ogilvie Ridge was named after James H. Ogilvie, a politician, a lawyer, and a veteran of World War I.
What is the difference between a garage suite and a garden suite?
The official city description a garage suite is "a self-contained accessory dwelling above or attached to a rear detached garage, on a single detached lot which usually comes in the form of apartment-sized living space, with its own kitchen, bathroom, and living space, on the second floor of your garage".
The city description of a garden suite is "an at-grade self-contained, accessory dwelling located in a building that is physically separate from the principal dwelling." Typically, garden suites are single-story structures built in the backyards of single detached homes and must have their own kitchen, bathroom, and living space.
There are several benefits of purchasing a house with a garage or garden suite or building on an existing house in Edmonton including ...
- Garage and garden suites are great ways to add some rental income to your property to help pay down your mortgage. It eliminates the shared interior space the way you would with a basement suite. These smaller living spaces are also a great way to add some diversity to your community because they allow different demographic access to housing options on your street.
- Garage and garden suites can keep family members nearby, yet allows for more personal space. It can be a great option for keeping your parents or your children close, while still maintaining some privacy by ensuring everyone has their own space. Alternatively, some ageing empty nesters have decided to downsize into their own garden or garage suite, and allow their children’s family to live nearby, in the main house.
- As with any good infill project, it is all about creating more flexible living options so every Edmontonian can choose the community that suits them best. For more information on Garage and Garden suites, visit the city of Edmonton's Infill website.