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Net Zero Homes Priced Under $400,000 Have Arrived in Edmonton

Mar 20 2017


EDMONTON, AB (March 20, 2017) – Landmark Homes is proud to introduce affordable net zero homes to the Edmonton new home market. Just over ten years ago, there was question of whether or not it would even be possible to build a net zero home in North America’s most northerly metropolis, let alone build one with a price tag in the range of an average single-family home. Fast-forward to 2017 and we can now comfortably use affordable and net zero home in the same sentence.

Landmark Homes’ latest net zero project in Edmonton’s southeast neighbourhood of Maple Crest will have a starting price of $399,737, which includes the lot, home, garage, net zero upgrades and GST. This price is very much in line with February’s median selling price of $391,000 for a single family home in Edmonton. It’s possible that this home will be one of; if not the most affordable single-family net zero homes in Canada. The show home, located at 2686 Maple Way NW, opened to the public on Saturday, March 18.

“For ten years we’ve been diligently working to drive down the cost of net zero energy homes,” says Reza Nasseri, CEO and founder of Landmark Homes. “Big things have small beginnings and the net zero homes we’re building in Maple Crest today will lay down the groundwork for the mass adoption of this type of housing in the coming years.”

“We saw an opportunity to rethink what’s possible and use forward-looking planning to create an ultra-energy efficient home that is attainable by the majority of single-family homebuyers in Edmonton,” says Mike Haupt, general manager of Landmark Homes’ single-family division. “The homes we’re designing today are highly replicable, affordable and scalable. We’ve reached a tipping point in the industry.”

A net zero home is designed to be more comfortable, more efficient, and healthier than a traditional home and offers a wide range of benefits including:

  • Low annual operating costs – utility bills fall to an all-time low and stay low year round. Homeowners are even credited for the energy they export back to the grid.
  • Protection from future increases in energy prices
  • Exceptional comfort all year round – advanced construction methods and materials means even temperatures throughout the home
  • Excellent indoor air quality with a built-in filtered fresh air system
  • Tightly built and well insulated, a net zero home is quieter

Present to mark the ceremonial unveiling on March 17 was David Dodge, Chair of Energy Efficiency Alberta, Rod Loyola, MLA Edmonton-Ellerslie, and Mayor Don Iveson. Government representatives were joined at the podium by Nathan Stone, 2nd Vice President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association.

“Net-zero homes are a real game changer and the ultimate expression of energy efficiency,” says David Dodge, Chair of Energy Efficiency Alberta. “We know that Alberta builders are leaders in building super energy efficient homes in Canada and now Landmark Homes is proving they are affordable."

“Builders like Landmark are working hard to make Net Zero Homes affordable for all Canadians and CHBA applauds their commitment,” says Nathan Stone, 2nd Vice President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. “This is putting our industry at the leading edge internationally, in terms of new home quality, comfort, value and innovation.”

Landmark Homes is preparing to build net zero homes in Edmonton’s neighbourhoods of Graydon Hill and Keswick later this year.

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Edmonton Will Soon Be Home to One of Canada’s Most Affordable Net Zero Energy Homes

Feb 09 2017


EDMONTON, AB (January 19, 2017) – Net zero energy homes, homes that produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis, have typically been reserved for individuals with a deep commitment to sustainable living or those willing to invest a fair sum of money towards energy efficiency. Landmark Homes is changing that. With its latest project in Maple Crest, net zero energy homes will be offered to the masses, and Landmark’s eventual goal is to build all of their homes to net zero energy standards, with affordability being the target. Maple Crest, located in southeast Edmonton, will have net zero homes starting at $399,737, which includes the lot, home, garage, net zero upgrades and GST. This home will be one of, if not the most, affordable single-family net zero energy homes in Canada.

Landmark Homes constructed their first net zero energy home in 2012 in Calgary’s neighbourhood of Cranston and in the past four years has built an additional 20 net zero energy homes in Calgary and Edmonton. Their Maple Crest project will add an additional three homes to this total.

“Landmark has a long-standing commitment to building environmentally-friendly homes and communities and we are thrilled to be bringing affordable net zero homes to the Edmonton market,” says Mike Haupt, general manager of Landmark Homes’ laned home division. “We always have sustainable initiatives at the forefront of our mind and constantly aim to improve in this area. We take on the newest advancements in energy-efficient building practices whenever we can.”

The purpose-built net zero show home will serve to introduce the concept and educate the public about ultra-energy efficient housing. At 1230 square feet, the show home is a great starting point to enter the net zero market. The home will have a super insulated building envelope, enhanced mechanical systems and will generate energy from 35 solar panels.

These unique, environmentally-friendly and energy efficient homes are attainable to the average homeowner with no change to design aesthetics, lifestyle and comfort. They are specifically designed for suburban living while keeping a sustainable way of life top of mind. The homeowner can find value in net zero with the exceptional energy performance and ultimate in comfort.

This home, located at 2686 Maple Way NW, will be finished and available to public viewing in mid-March.

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Habitat for Humanity Home

Sep 23 2016


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Reza Nasseri handing the keys to Suriyan, Sophia and their children  

Since 2011, we have been partnering with Habitat for Humanity to provide families the opportunity of home ownership. Over the years we have been able to provide six families their dream home. Yesterday, Reza Nasseri, CEO of Landmark, presented the keys to Sufiyan, Sophia and their children. They will be purchasing a townhome in Laurel Landing from Habitat for Humanity through an interest free mortgage and 500 hours of sweat equity.

"Our core business is building homes, but with Habitat we are able to build hope. Landmark is committed to meeting housing needs at every income level and we are so proud to be partners with an organization that truly is changing lives of families and children in our community." said Reza Nasseri.


Benefits of Townhome Condo Fees

Sep 20 2016


Lower Cost of Ownership

Your cost of ownership will be much lower than freehold (no condo fee properties) and insurance is included in your monthly fees at a much lower rate. When you insure a 100 unit project, you are receiving a volume discount from the insurance companies. When you insure a single-family home, you pay a much higher rate. In addition, liability and structural insurance is included in your monthly fees.

Pride of Ownership

Whether you choose to live in your townhome for 5 years or 25 years, it should continue to have an “as new” appearance as you walk or drive though the community. Fences, soffits, and downspouts are in good condition, shingles are replaced as needed, trees and shrubs are growing properly, and grass is well maintained. Common areas should also have an impressive appearance. Again, securing your longterm investment.

Low Maintenance

Duties such as snow removal and grass maintenance will be taken care of for you, allowing you to spend your free time doing what you want. For snowbirds or for those who work out of town, this is a perfect scenario. No need to worry if you are 1000 miles away from home.

Condo Corporation

A condo corporation will be set up which oversees the project. You can have a say in the running of the corporation by being elected to the board of directors. Plus owners have voting rights.
Your Utilities

In most townhome projects, you will pay for your own heat, electricity, natural gas, water, cable, etc. This way, you can control your own expenses. You can save even more based on the number of people living in your townhouse.

 

Peace of Mind

With the items mentioned above, as well as numerous other benefits, condo living makes your life easier. You do not get this style of living in a freehold type of home. Condo living is not for everyone, however, for those who see the upside, in a well-managed project built by a reputable builder, you can have many years of stress free living. The pluses far outweigh the minuses.

Low Monthly Fees

Condo fees in a townhome type of project will generally stay low for decades, normally adjusting for things like inflation. You also have a say in how things are being looked after. If you notice something out of kilter, contact the board and raise the issue. There generally will be a healthy reserve fund to look after any unforeseen expenditures.

Property Management

A property management company watches over the community to keep owners respecting the bylaws. Bylaws regulate noise levels, parking, and number of pets.

Lower Property Taxes

Most projects will also include waste disposal, thus lowering your property tax bill from the city.

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Landmark Group Announces $100,000 Donation to Canadian Red Cross for Alberta Fire Appeal.

Sep 14 2016


For Immediate Release


Landmark Group Announces $100,000 Donation to Canadian Red Cross for Alberta Fire Appeal.


EDMONTON (May 6, 2016) – Landmark Group of Companies announced it will donate $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for emergency relief and recovery efforts to aid victims of the wildfires in Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo Region.
“We continue to send our thoughts and well wishes to those impacted by the fires,” said Reza Nasseri, founder and chief executive officer of Landmark Group of Companies. “We want to help with the humanitarian efforts to address the hardship and loss caused by this disaster. Being in the business of home building, we understand how important a home is to a family. It saddens me to see so many people forced out of their homes and the magnitude of loss in these communities.”
“We are proud to support the Red Cross in its efforts to assist those who have been affected in this difficult time,” he adds.
There will come a time to rebuild, and Landmark will continue to evaluate ways they can play a part in helping the men and women of Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo Region as they restore their communities.
Landmark established community support programs in 1996 to make significant and lasting contributions to charitable and community initiatives. Since its inception the program has contributed over $12 million to a variety of organizations, with a particular focus on post-secondary education, health care, affordable housing, the arts and programs and supports for First Nations and immigrants.
For more information on this release or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Tanya Rumak
Sustainability and Public Relations Manager
Landmark Group of Companies
P: (780) 702-8292
C: (780) 887-2189

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