Living a ZEN life

With a focus on the future and a commitment to quality and longevity, Avalon Master Builder’s goal is to build homes that are not only energy-efficient, but sustainable and attractive.

“We’re looking to build homes that are going to stand the test of time,” says Dean Clark, Avalon sales and marketing co-ordinator. “For Avalon it’s not just about installing a high-efficiency furnace or light fixtures. We look at the entire home as a system.”

Avalon is now offering ZEN Townhomes in the Ravenswood community in Airdrie. Construction was well underway in the spring with an anticipation of summer move-in dates. Avalon will have 119 homes available.

The two showhomes currently under construction –two-storey townhomes, 1,126-square-foot Roma and the 1,120-square-foot Cameo  – were two of Avalon’s popular floor plans from the Aspen Hills development in southwest Calgary.

“With all of our homes they all have a private outdoor space, whether that’s a backyard, courtyard patio or private deck. It’s very important to us that our homeowners have space to enjoy the outdoors,” Clark says.

Each residence is EnerGuide rated by a third party to give clients the assurance of guaranteed efficiency.

“Other programs supply the builders with checklists to fill out on their own, ‘We have this, we installed this … here is your score,” Clark explains. “With our program we are held accountable.”

One of the ways Avalon attains better efficiency is by using one of two exterior wall systems. The first is a double wall, essentially two two-by-four walls with the stud spacing off centre that allows for insulation through the entire wall cavity. The second is a standard two-by-six wall system with two-inch rigid insulation added to the exterior of the home. Both of these systems were designed to eliminate heat loss through the studs in exterior walls.

Avalon isn’t just about being extremely efficient; it’s also about looking good and lasting, according to Clark.

“We don’t use disposable products that will end up in the landfill in a few years. We want our homes to stand up to our Alberta climate,” he says. “This is why we use items like Hardie board siding, something that will hold up after a hailstorm. This siding is also a safety feature. With density in our communities continually increasing we want to make sure our homeowners are kept safe from the risk of fire.”

As stated on Avalon’s website, it’s all about creating affordable modern-style homes with practical green features, which helps save money for today and the environment for tomorrow.

“The products that we use and the homes we build are very energy efficient so we are going to be leaving some of the resources for future generations,” Clark says

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