Local builder recognized for excellence in energy building
by Sandy Lindsay

March 14, 2016


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Gord Cooke lead a learning session on net zero energy building

(L) Derek Seaman & Gord Cooke
at the Award winning home on Grosvenor St., Southampton

Derek Seaman of Seaman and Sons Builders based in Southampton (ON) has won the RESNET-CRESNET (Canadian Residential Energy Services Network) Cross Border Challenge-Lowest HERS (Home Energy Rating Score) index score Canadian Custom Built Home award.

Home owner and a Building Science Engineer, Gord Cooke, says that this type of building is what is happening throughout North America.  "Right now, there are only a few hundred zero energy homes built each year, but it is definitely the trend that we are seeing as people, homeowners and builders, become more energy conscious."
Derek Seaman of Seaman & Sons Builders of Southampton received international award

The 2400 sq. ft. Cooke house on Grosvenor St.," says Seaman, "is a zero net home which means that it will have zero power bills.  The roof is integrated solar panels and shingles and there's a rain water collection system for 'gray water' usage.  The main floor is recycled 'slag' concrete, that has been tinted and glazed to look like marble, and has radiant in-floor heating.  Even the BAMCO particle board for the walls was brought in from Brazil as it is completely free of VOCs (volatile organic compound) found in many building materials and the upper story flooring is all natural and sustainable bamboo."

The Winner is joined by son, Bradley

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Earlier in the year, Gord Cooke who lectures around the world, presented a full-day session on residential energy efficient building to local builders, contractors, tradesmen, architects, realtors and municipal building inspectors, often using features throughout the home as examples.

The 'Musts' of proper insulation

Gord Cooke and Derek Seaman demonstrated the air-tightness of the home with a specialty vacuum system that withdrew the home's air via a computer controlled giant fan at the front door.

Derek Seaman installs fan ...
Inside the front door is sealed ...
           .... Outside

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