How we build our Homes

 

Here at 21st Century Builders we believe every building should be built to a higher standard.

The company was founded on the principles of the three E’s: Efficiency, Elegance, and Excellence.

Our focus is on building high efficiency homes. Energy and other resources are becoming more dear and will only continue to do so. We strive to build the tightest building envelopes in the home building industry and to provide our clients with the most energy efficient homes.

The finishes that surround you on a daily basis must be pleasing to the eye and soothing to the spirit. We work with professional designers throughout the building process to integrate structural soundness with the latest in colours, materials and finishes.

Our focus is on the development and use of industry best practices for the home building industry. We believe in the pursuit of excellence and in providing our clients with the soundest structure practicable.

 

The key to energy efficiency in residential buildings is good insulation and a tight building envelope. We strive to build the tightest building envelopes in the home building industry to provide our clients with very energy efficient homes. We exceed building code requirements for residential insulation and take extra care to ensure a very tight vapour barrier is in place.

Our homes are blower tested, prior to proceeding beyond the drywall stage of construction, to ensure that we have achieved the tightest building envelope practicable. We utilize geothermal heating/cooling systems where possible to help make our homes as cost effective as practicable for the long term.

Energy Efficiency 

A good operational definition of Energy Efficiency can be stated as “using less energy to provide the same service”. Anywhere energy is used, there are opportunities to increase efficiency. In most cases, energy efficiency measures will pay for themselves over time in the form of lower energy bills.


 

GEO Thermal units are the most efficient heating and cooling system on the market, providing homes with long lasting savings. A typical insulation will have up to 3000 ft. of buried pipe.

A Heat Recovery Ventilation system (HRV) ensures a steady supply of fresh air to the home while capturing up to 60% of the heat from the stale air being vented to the exterior.

Air Tightness 

One of the major components of energy loss is how much air a home leaks. Imagine keeping a bedroom size window open for the entire winter. An average new home has enough holes and gaps from the electrical and plumbing and related perforations that it’s similar to a bedroom window being open year round.

 

Rim board accounts for one of largest problem zones for air leakage. To insure a long lasting seal the entire rim board is spray Foamed.

Vapour barrier is used to prevent moisture from diffusing through walls, ceilings and fixtures. All joints in the barrier are sealed with acoustical tape and all device boxes are sealed in vapour boxes. Any perforations are taped and or sealed with a plastic and acoustical sealant patch. Rim boards, cantilevers and hard to reach spots are sealed with spray-foam. This results in an extraordinarily tight building envelope reducing air leakage and heat loss, thereby reducing energy consumption.

Upgraded Insulation 

Our homes come standard with R60 blow in cellulose insulation.

 

Above grade walls are covered in 1.5” EPS foam. All joints are sealed with tape. This adds an R7.5 value and breaks "thermal bridging" greatly reducing conductive heat loss. It also acts as a sound suppressor reducing exterior noise transfer to the interior.

2" EPS Styrofoam is mounted on exterior basement walls for an R10 value.

 

The finishes that surround you on a daily basis must be pleasing to the eye and soothing to the spirit. We work with professional designers throughout the building process to integrate the functionality of the building layout with the latest in colours, materials and finishes. Whether the style is traditional, contemporary or transitional we strive to blend beauty with style to create an elegant home for our clients.

 

We believe in the pursuit of excellence in building practices to provide our clients with the soundest structures practicable. Our focus is on the development and utilization of the best practices for the home building industry. It should be understood that the building code provides the minimum standard in construction.

Not only do we meet all code requirements, we exceed them in a variety of areas from insulation and building envelope to structural components such as steel beams. That extra effort helps ensure that our clients will have a solid, problem free structure for their new home over the long term.

Waterproof Enclosure 

Waterproof cloth is installed under all tiled shower and tub areas to ensure no water leakage or mold issues.

Steel Beams & Floating Floor System 

Steel beams support the main floor and structural wooden floor. All homes built with a finished basement have structural wooden floors.

 

R-2000 Standard 

The National Research Council’s standard for building energy efficient homes. All our homes are built to meet or exceed these standards.