Oakville Homes

December 5, 2009

Will a new Mattamy Home pass the energy audit?


Read another good article in the Homes-Extra flyer in my local Toronto Sun newspaper (Dec 4).  It was written by Mark Salerno of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and titled, “Don’t leave your home blowin in the wind”.

He discusses energy audits, insulation, HVAC equipment and how to improve the energy efficiency of the building, something you probably don’t think of in a new house.    WRONG!!!

I know of one Mattamy home that had flow-through ventilation from the sides of the stone fireplace.  Wind was so bad it registered on a flow meter normally used to adjust air flow in heating ducts.  Now, Mattamy did come back and fix it though.  Problem is that everytime the owners sit in front of their fireplace enjoying a fire, they have to look at all the repairs and discoloured concrete. 

Kind of takes away the romance of the moment.

We just had our front window replaced. It always leaked air but when it started with the water, we thought it best to get a new one.  Upon installation of the new one it was apparent that there was never any insulation in the space and that was why it was always cold.  Of course, we had a choice at the beginning.  Mattamy said they would check it but if there was insulation, we’d have to pay for all the damage and repair.  Kind of a crap shoot.  And we didn’t even get the flowers.

So, as you can see from these two examples, the Mattamy built homes  would probably fail the government energy audit during the first month of occupation.  Kind of makes you wonder what will happen down the road.

Just another reason to hire a house inspector to ensure you are not stuck with a big bill later on in terms of an energy efficiency upgrade on the house.

If energy-saving is so important, why doesn’t Mattamy build them right in the first place?  Maybe they own a home renovation company.

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  1. Thx for the news!!

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