Nfld. & Labrador

Change province's policy, boost net-zero homes: contractor

A contractor in Flatrock says the Newfoundland and Labrador government needs to make a change to its policy to allow homes to sell power back to the grid.
This house in Flarock was developed by K & P Contracting. It is a net-zero home, meaning it is capable of producing more energy than it uses. (CBC)

A contractor in Flatrock says the Newfoundland and Labrador government needs to make a change to its policy to allow homes to sell power back to the grid.

The first net-zero house was built in the province by K & P Contracting; the home is capable of producing more power than it uses.

Jack Parsons, with the contracting company, said a net-zero house is one that allows homeowners to have a yearly power cost of $0.

However, Parsons said the trouble is the homes won't be used to their greatest efficiency until government makes some legislative changes to allow people to sell power back to the system.

"Every province in Canada allows for net-zero housing except Newfoundland, and there's a barrier in that, law, whatever, that says that Hydro can't buy power," he said.

Parsons said it's time for government to get on board with the idea, and make changes that will enable homeowners with net-zero capability to let their homes reach full efficiency.

"This is the next generation of housing in North America, not only in Canada; there's more net-zero built in the States than in Canada," said Parsons.

"By 2025, all houses are going to be built this way 'cause they have to be because we don't have enough power, we're ruining our environment, and that kind of stuff, so this is the way all houses should be built. If Newfoundland and Labrador government is going to support innovation, support this type of thing, they've got to come on board."

Parsons put together a team of experts from across the province, and a few from elsewhere, to come up with the home's systems.

The walls of the house are triple insulated, the windows are triple glazed, and it boasts the latest in heat pump technology. 

It's also wired for solar panels, which would make it a net energy producer, but they aren't installed yet because they cannot feed back into the grid with the policy as it is now.

The owners of the home, Laura Parsons and Jeff Dawe, said they'll make-do without the solar panels until they're able to set them up.


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